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Khanyi Magubane

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Khanyi Magubane is a talented, energetic, broadcaster, writer, poet, journalist, event MC and documentary producer. Her diverse experience in the media industry spans across Radio, Print, TV and online media.

At just age 31, she hosts a successful gospel and spirituality show on SAfm, Living Sounds, whose purpose she says, is to “heal, inspire and motivate.” 

Magubane is also an experienced MC and panel facilitator, with experience with both corporate and entertainment events. Magubane has been the MC at events including: the Cape Town International Jazz festival, Arts Alive Jazz on the Lake, Opening of 1st Annual National book week, the Intra-Africa Business Network, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Publishing book launch at Xarra books, Newtown-Johannesburg, Alliance Francaise.  

As a spoken word artist Magubane has performed extensively at various venues around Johannesburg. As a published poet, She’s has contributed to a number of crucial anthologies.

In 2008, she was published by veteran “Guerrilla” publishers Botsotso publishing in a poetry anthology that infused together the works of street poets, reflective poets, hard poets, soft poets.

In 2006, She was invited to be part of the “Words gone two soon” poetry and prose tribute collection to late writers Phaswane Mpye and K. Sello Duiker. 

In October 2006, “Basadzi Voices” (UKZN press) was launched at the prestigious Poetry Africa Festival in Durban. Magubane was one of the black female poets chosen to be part of that anthology. In Johannesburg, the book was launched at Xarra books to raving reviews. She has also shared the stage with literary giants such Ngugi WA Thiong’o and African American poet Sonia Sanchez. 

Khanyi has also performed internationally.  In 2008, She was part of the South African delegation invited to perform at the 12th Havana international poetry Festival in Cuba, along side poet Laureate Professor Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile, Cape writer James Matthews and poets Lebo Mashile as well as Phillipa Yaa De Villiers. These just some of Magubane’s achievements as a poet.  In November 2010, she also performed a spoken word/jazz set in Harlem, New York at the legendary Jazz Club, “St. Nicks Pub”. 

Academically, Magubane is an English literature and communication studies graduate BA (Communication). She also has an Honours degree in Journalism, both degrees from RAU (now the University of Johannesburg). She has contributed for Magazines including the literary Journal Words etc and O Magazine. She has also been a radio journalist for the past 11 years.

Her illustrious career started at Talk Radio 702 in 2000. After almost four years, she moved to YFM, where she was a news anchor and senior reporter. She also wrote for the YFM’s magazine Ymag, where she was a film features writer. 

After an exciting tenure, she left YFM in April 2006 to pursue a full time writing career and presenting of a highly successful Gospel radio programme on SAfm “living Sounds” and a producer at the station. She is currently presenting Sound Awake on SAfm between 03:00 - 05:00am Monday to Friday. 

Having a passion for film, Magubane is also a scriptwriter, who also has a desire to one day direct her own work. She continues to freelance as a media practitioner, she lives in Randburg, Johannesburg.


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