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RYB Publishers is a 100% black owned publishing house established in 2017. It was founded by Mabotseba Kobeli and Mandla Masangane after self-publishing a multilingual children’s book together.
It is a proudly African organisation which promotes reading and writing in African languages.
Afurakan T. MohareAuthor, Poet, CEO @Word n Sound
Lehlohonolo MabasoAuthor, Poet, Director @Sicknatcha
Mabotseba KobeliAuthor, CEO @RYBPublishers
Xabiso ViliAuthor, Poet
Thabiso Afurakan Mohare is a poet and recording artist who has been active in the South African poetry scene since 2002. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Word N Sound Live Literature Company – a ground breaking poetry development project that has been running in Johannesburg since 2010.
She is an engineering studies lecturer by profession. She is also an author of “Photo Day” which is a children’s storybook written in 7 languages. She is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Education at the University of South Africa. She holds an honours degree in Educational Management (Cum Laude), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Studies from the University of Cape Town.
- Xabiso Vili is a performer, writer, social activist and soul collaborator. His writings explore his inner world in order to relate to the outer world. He is the champion of multiple slams and Word N Sound poet of the year in 2014 and 2015. Xabiso has been published online and in various anthologies. He has performed all over South Africa, in Scotland, the UK, the US and India. He believes that art influences his community positively and is constantly working towards creating alternative stages for art to be shared. Xabiso also runs writing, performance and event organising workshops through Scribe Rites, a performance writing collective he co-founded, which has produced other award-winning writers and performers. He released his album, Eating My Skin, created with Favela Ninjas in 2016. His one-man show, Black Boi Be, has travelled extensively to critical acclaim and Laughing In My Father’s Voice is his first collection of poems to be published.