Mpho Matsitle

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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”.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Clean. Very minimalist. A lamp, laptop and mouse and sometimes a notebook if I happened to take notes to colour my lies with some facts. There is also always a 'Volkswagen Polokwane' drink coaster beneath the ever-present coffee mug - which is strange because I neither own a VW nor have been to Polokwane; I really don't know where I got it. So whenever I'm stuck I look to it to get the creative juices flowing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kanana, the township of the little known mining town Orkney (strangely enough it is still obscure even though it is one of the very few towns in the country to have a sitcom named after it.) Anyway being a mining town it was quite cosmopolitan; you had people from all over South Africa and neighboring countries living there. So we grew up hearing stories of the different places people came from. My father also happens to be one of the first residents of the township, so he too would regal us in stories of how the place came to be. So I have always been enthralled by stories of how people/place came to be, why they do the things they do, and these preoccupations come through in my writing.
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Where to find Mpho Matsitle online

Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 36,570. Language: Sesotho. Published: April 4, 2018 by Mpho Matsitle. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,570. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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
Price: Free! Words: 15,230. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual alternatives, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
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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african literature    feminisim    litaf    love    patriarchy    polyamory    relationships    romance    sesotho    sex