Mpho Matsitle writes and thinks in music – the only language he understands – and believes that everything must be subjected to the unforgiving scrutiny of black radical thought. He fancies himself an immortal black existentialist and a libertine. He claims he’s just a collection of ideas and passions – all mind and soul – and thus does not recognise his body nor take any responsibility for the actions thereof. Which would explain his devotion to thought and art, and somewhat neglected (shabby?) appearance.
Born and bred in Kanana, the mining township of Orkney in the little dorpie Klerksdorp, raised in a wonderful church by a loving family, a graduate of the University of the Free State and now by default a denizen of Bloemfontein where he works and wards off philistinism with his magic provocations.
He’s a leader of several special concern movements (that exist mainly in his head) including but not limited to the men’s rights tripartite: the Holy Alliance of Deputy Boyfriends, the National Association of Husbands And Boyfriends (NAHAB) and the National Union of Ben10s of South Africa (NUBSA).
Lover to all, friend to few, intellectual leader to some, comrade to many. A reader, Facebook griot, patron of the arts, lifestyle fraudster, coffee connoisseur, and Jazz junkie.
Writing is something that happened to him. First and foremost it makes him happy. Secondly and equally important it amuses him. He also happens to believe that he’s pretty good at it – and this also warms him up inside; which is always a good reason to do something.
Currently working on a series of provocations called “State of Mangaung Arts” and sitting on a manuscript for a novella, “Kleva Tsa Westdene” (it's too good! He'd feel like a fraud claiming he wrote it) – a reprise to his intellectual leader's “Fools Of Melville”.
Where to find Mpho Matsitle online
Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho
by Ace Moloi
Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho is an anthology of Sesotho short stories which carries humour, education, political consciousness and love.This is a book that interrogates the whereabouts of the fruits of our freedom from different angles.
Celibacy & Other Cute Little Things
by Mpho Matsitle
A short story anthology exploring tales of beauty of music of laughter of sex of love. Of the little pleasures of life; the minuscule moments that make human faces shine bright with wide smiles. Tales of friends of family of lovers of colleagues of comrades. These short tales are meant to excite the brain, to illicit smiles, to provoke laughter. In short; they are cute little things.
Pope Chronicles: The Ministry of Deputy Boyfriends
by Mpho Matsitle
A quirky and irreverent fictional memoire of Pope Emeritus of the Holy Alliance of Deputy Boyfriends, and an exploration and exaltation of his ministry. A tongue in cheek self-help manual to unburden men from the fear of being cuckolded through misappropriation of religious and political jargon and theories to tackles issues faced by the modern man in his amorous relationships.
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