Mzwakhe Mbuli men­tors De­sire Moyo

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LOOK­ING for an in-depth source to nur­ture his poetic tal­ent, De­sire Moyo couldn’t look any fur­ther but trust the renowned South African leg­endary poet gi­ant Mzwakhe Mbuli to add weight to his pro­fes­sion as a poet after quit­ting teach­ing.

Since 2014, pro­pelled by fruit­ful ven­tures with Mzwakhe Mbuli that have seen Moyo ex­plor­ing new ground in a bid to live an in­deli­ble mark on the in­ter­na­tional poetic scene, he has never looked back or slowed down in his poetic ad­ven­tures.

“I met Mzwakhe Mbuli in 2014 in Jo­han­nes­burg. We had a good time as I fu­elled my pas­sion and skill from his poetic re­serves. He is an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure, the trend­set­ter in the poetic genre that I’m pur­su­ing,” said Moyo.

He added that his men­tor­ship from the renowned poet will soon give birth to his de­but poetic al­bum set to be launched next year.

“Yes, I look for­ward to shar­ing a stage with Mzwakhe Mbuli and re­leas­ing a duet al­bum with him be­fore the end of 2017,” Moyo said.

He quit his job as a qual­i­fied teacher in 2008 to pur­sue po­etry.

“I had to quit teach­ing in 2008 not for a hobby but a pas­sion driven trade. For me po­etry is busi­ness and busi­ness is meant to be prof­itable. Like ev­ery other Zim­bab­wean artist, I’m a strug­gling one but full of op­ti­mism? Since I took up po­etry full time, I have rarely slept on an empty stom­ach. I’m con­tent with the har­vest in the poetic field,” Moyo said.

He added that he was also in­spired by the great Al­bert Ny­athi whom he at­tributes to be­ing a poetic buoy­ant point for his ca­reer as a poet.

“Al­bert Ny­athi has al­ways re­mained my hero. Be­ing a fel­low cit­i­zen, fac­ing the same chal­lenges, I look up to him for in­spi­ra­tion. His de­ter­mi­na­tion, dili­gence and vig­i­lance has been an in­struc­tional book­let for me,” Moyo said.

He is also a Di­rec­tor of Vic­tory Siyan­qoba Trust, a theatre arts com­mu­nity based or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I have been a poet since 1993 when I took up arts at Manama High School and fully ex­plored my poetic prow­ess in 2010 as `Moy ox­ide aka Freedom Poet`, a hu­man rights de­fender in my own right,” Moyo said.

Like most po­ets out there, Moyo said po­etry to him comes nat­u­rally and draws in­spi­ra­tion from the ever dy­namic na­ture of hu­man be­ings.

“Po­etry runs in my blood. I nur­tured and cul­ti­vated the po­ten­tial in me. It runs nat­u­rally. I have pas­sion for po­etry, unlimited faith in it and bound­less en­ergy to ex­plore it. My po­etry tar­gets hu­man-kind.

‘‘Its rel­e­vance is lim­it­less and has no mo­nop­oly,” said the poet.

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