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Akufihlwa makhuba kulinywa: The Sounds of Justice

"In the question of creation you are greater than a noun. You are a verb - the action word that puts the power to the sound." Janine Cunningham

Wamkelike endlwaneni!

Welcome home! We have been expecting you.

Indlwana is isiXhosa for ‘a bird’s nest’ but also isinciphiso (reduced noun) for ‘indlu’ (a house). This is a small house made by small birds using the feathers of the other birds. After all, a home is not determined by size, appearance or economic value but by the warmth and shelter it provides. As such, The Bird’s Nest is your home where the fire is always crackling, giving you hospitality in a world that is getting colder everyday.

Please feel free to contact us to publish or market your craft! Email us at for more information. Any of the following are encouraged:

  • Izibongo or Oral Praise-poetry
  • Roots, Rock Reggae and Dancehall
  • Dub Poetry
  • Maskhandi and protest poetry
  • Self-praises and clan-praises
  • African Music Profiles and Features
  • Music and Sound Histories
  • Local Events Promotions


Ubuyile uNxele” – a 2020 National Arts Festival performance by Hlalutjah and Bhodl’ingqaka can be viewed at:

What’s new to look out for from the nest?

Manyonyoba has joined Indlwana. See his poems on YouTube –

Culture the Poet is cooking an anthology called Imbiza Yemibongo.

Competitions and prizes up for grabs in December – just stay tuned to Idlwana.

The Vex Meditation series continues as Hlalutjah’s sole (or is it soul?) search gets deeper into the past and the future to find context to breathe in the toxic present.

Xhosa Children’s Songs about Gender Based Violence Part 2 is coming soon.

Umyalelo Wezityhilelo: Cannabis in African Heritage and Growth.” Is out on YouTube.

Follow Indlwana: The Bird’s Nest on Facebook to see recent updates!

A women’s day analysis of femicide under the guise of cleansing witchcraft – Hlalutying with Hlalutya kaNdima.
Gender Based Violence explained from a children’s education perspective – Hlalutying with Hlalutya kaNdima.


“Yes, honest students of history can recall the day when Egypt, Ethiopia and Timbuktu
towered in their civilisations, towered above Europe, towered above Asia. When Europe was
inhabited by a race of cannibals, a race of savages, naked men, heathens and pagans, Africa was
peopled with a race of cultured black men, who were masters in art, science and literature; men
who were cultured and refined; men who, it was said, were like the gods.”

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

"Like the birds in the trees, as long as I live, Babylon will here my voice" - unknown. 

I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Psalms 87.


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