Kgafela oa Magogodi was born on December 7, 1968. He is a Kwai-Jazz poet, Spoken Word Theatre Director, film scholar and academic based in the Wits School of Dramatic Arts where he is a part-time lecturer in African Cinema and Oral Performance and Rap/Dub Poetry Studies. Magogodi has presented his work worldwide and remains a prolific producer of poems, short stories, audio recordings and live shows. His poems have been published in Poetry International, Laugh it Off, New Coin, Upbeat Magazine, Homeless Talk and the Journal of African Literature.
Kgafela oa Magogodi is currently writing a PhD thesis, provisionally entitled 'TALKING B(L)ACK: Black Images in the Making of Black Cinema in South Africa'.