Natalia Molebatsi

Natalia Molebatsi is a writer, performance poet, workshop facilitator and programme director who has presented shows such as An Evening with Alice Walker, Urban Voices International Spoken Word Festival, and an evening with the father of Ehio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke.

Natalia is an Award Winning poet and editor of We are: A poetry Anthology (Penguin). Author of Sardo Dance(Ge’ko), she has also contributed poetry to anthologies such as Letter to South Africa: Poets calling the State to order (published by Umuzi) and The Yearly Anthology of World poetry (2010) published though Quaderni di Soglie.

Her poetry is also translated into Italian, German, Spanish and Arab. Natalia is currently hosting a groundbreaking poetry radio programme on Unisa Radio, focusing on poetry from around South Africa and beyond.

Natalia has released Come as You Are: Poems for Four Strings, a CD/Book with Simone Serafini. She is the founding member of the band Natalia Molebatsi and the Soul Making, who launched a self-titled album in 2015.

Natalia has performed poetry in South Africa, Senegal, Italy, Zimbabwe, Holland, Kenya, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Ghana, England, Palestine, Argentina and Germany. She has collaborated with Jimmy Dludlu, Chiwoniso Maraire, Maya Angelou and Pitika Ntuli to name a few.