Leeto Thale is a published poet, a spoken word artist and a freelance writer whose writing predominantly covers art and social commentary. He also works as a singer/songwriter and has just had work released through Trebleo, a music label headed by the illustrious Dj Domu, on his Discotech album.
His latest performance at WOMAD has certainly earned him a place among the crop of poets and spoken artists, who have embraced the idea of incorporating poetry into popular culture, while preserving that essential element of treating poetry as a tool of enlightenment.
Leeto is currently the resident poet at the Arc Gallery, and he is using this platform to cultivate the synergy between art and poetry, while allowing artists to share with each other their source of inspiration. He has been part of ‘Conversations’, a project now in its second year, where dance, poetry, music and visuals are brought together, to explore and demonstrate the sensibility that is possible when artists fully open their work to each other – and inspiring mix of entertainment and development.
Leeto regularly features at the African Writers Evening, held bi-monthly at the Poetry Cafe, both as a poet and a fiction writer. Stemming from his intercontinental experience; the wittiness and the warmth of his stage presence, this poet has enjoyed numerous invitations to compere and host events. ‘Components’- a monthly multi-media cultural event which includes fashion, spoken word, music and traditional ‘foods – is among his success stories as a host’. Polka Theatre, a children’s theatre company has invited him to work with them in the area of story telling, focusing on South African stories.
A “renaissance man’, as described by writer/poet Nii Ayikwei parkes, Leeto Thale is working on completing his debut novel and a music album.