Presently based in Capetown, South Africa but raised and grew up in Malawi, Southern Africa. Where I did my studies from early childhood school to college and furthered my studies in South Africa afterwards. I am an Electrical Technician but writing has been a part of me since I was young from the ages of 12/13 when I found within the realization of such a gift.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
East or West, home is the best. I say North or South, home is worth! Being around family comes first and the presence of those you grew up with. Home is one’s reference point when life throws you into winds of turmoil. It’s a reset button for me, where I shift my focus and see things clearly.
What turns you on creatively?
Life at large turns me on creatively. The road of life is challenging and at the same time interesting. From love and joy, sorrows and pangs of pain, they’re all but true sources of my creativity. Within each lies the true beauty of the aspect of life where we tend not to look at. Music and ancient poetry plays a big role in fuelling the positive energies that drive my passion for art.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
My favourite word would be pangs. I was once told I love to use it mostly.
Entangled in pangs of pain O poor wretched soul! Helplessly drifting into nothingness without control
What is your pet peeve?
My pet peeve would be people who stand in the middle of a pathway having a conversation and don’t give way. That triggers my annoyance to an extent that I get pissed off to walk in between them. It don’t matter who.
What defines JahArt Kushite?
JahArt Kushite is defined by love. The world and people have lost the true meaning of what love is and that’s the reason we find ourselves trapped in this commotion going on. Chaos has taken over the place. Love is and will remain to be the driving force within one’s mental faculties towards the establishment of peace and happiness.
Isaiah Phiri aka JahArt Kushite is an inspirational poet from Cape Town, South Africa who writes soul deep poetry that depicts everyday tumultuous life. He writes about the burdens and joys of this life that we tend to bury 'neath our skin. He is a self-published author of a collection of poetry book titled Wailing Soul, available on Amazon. He also published some of his artwork with ILA magazine (US) and co-authored a number of books and anthologies with SweetyCat Press (US), under the late Sir Steve Carr. He also co-authored an anthology titled Colours Of Love by Rock Pidgeon Publications (India).