By: Natasha Archary
Born in San Francisco, Myesha was based in Johannesburg following her move from California in 1993. Once established here, she took the poetry scene by storm as the force she was meant to be.
Myesha hosted many exclusive jazz poetry nights at Kaya 959, showcasing the talent of multiple artists and poetry enthusiasts. Her presence will be missed deeply across the station and the platform she featured on, Jazzuary FM.
Myesha was one of the first people to broadcast live on Jazzuary.FM, Kaya 959’s 24-hour online Jazz Radio Station since its inception in 2019. She hosted Myesha’s Memoirs – Living with Jazz and Poetry weekly until the recent pandemic lockdown in March 2020.
With 2 published poetry collections under her belt, “Breaking the surface” and “Dreams of flight”, Myesha was a force to be reckoned with, both as a poet and woman. As a founding member of the Feelah Sistah Spoken Word Collective, Myesha encouraged women’s writing, curating projects and creating the platforms to highlight the work of black female poets.
In 2013, Myesha won the Mbokodo award for Women in the Arts, in the poetry category. She was one of the most influential female poets of this era and we were privileged to have had her grace the Kaya 959 stage over the last few years.
Her poetry shows can be found on Kaya TV: Jazzuary Poetry Sessions
We remember Myesha for all her passion and her poetry will live on in our hearts and minds.
When Tomorrow Comes (Written work by Myesha Jenkins)
Tomorrow begins with the end of today
every piece eaten and digested
moments lingering on my tongue.
It begins when I am satiated with now
ready to give up the tedium
that hides me from living.
It begins when I realize
that someone has been knocking at the door
and I rise to open it.