Lubabalo Tatase

"African Poetry with a Voice of its Own"

Cape Town, South Africa

Lubabalo Tatase is a young professional, writer, and poet from a small township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. He is passionate about reading, writing, and African culture. As an African and a proud son of the soil in Southern Africa, Lubabalo believes that education is the key to emancipation.

Lubabalo has graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Organizational Psychology and African languages: IsiXhosa. During his time at university, he discovered that socio-economic inequalities are slowly destroying his country, and he believes that the solution lies within his generation. Therefore, he pursued Organizational Psychology to research ways to improve organizations that are embedded in African societies. With IsiXhosa, Lubabalo is fascinated by the patriotism and cultural heritage of his Xhosa ancestors, and he decided to study the language to defend, promote, and develop the ideals of his forefathers.

Lubabalo is not only a passionate student of Ancient Classics and Mysteries but also a talented writer. He has won several awards for his poetry and essay writing, including the Armed Kathrada Foundation essay writing competition. He is one of the most promising and talented new African poets/writers, with a unique blend of creativity, cultural insight, and social commentary in his work. Lubabalo's poetry delves into various themes, including identity, love, and the African experience, using vivid imagery and powerful language that captivates readers and leaves a lasting impact. As a rising star in the literary world, Lubabalo is definitely one to watch, and his contributions to African literature are significant.


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Introduction: In the vast tapestry of African spirituality, a profound connection between ancient traditions and modern scientific principles emerges. Exploring the realms of quantum physics through the lens of African spirituality unveils a captivating landscape of interconnectedness, energy, and frequencies. Join us on a transformative journey as we delve into the profound correlations between African spiritual values and the intricate fabric of quantum physics. Unraveling the Essence of Energy: At the core of both African spirituality and quantum physics lies the fundamental concept of energy. In African traditions, energy is perceived as a dynamic force that permeates every aspect of existence, connecting all living beings and the natural world. This resonates deeply with the principles of quantum physics, where energy manifests in the form of photons, carrying the essence of vibrational frequencies. By bridging these concepts, we illuminate the interconnectedness of the spiritual and the scientific, fostering a deeper understanding of the universe's essence. The Dance of Frequencies: In African spiritual traditions, the significance of sound, rhythm, and frequencies transcends generations. The beat of the drum, the resonance of chants, and the melodies of traditional instruments form a symphony that echoes through time, enriching ceremonies and rituals. Similarly, quantum physics acknowledges the profound impact of frequencies, unveiling the intricate dance of particles and waves that shape the fabric of reality. By intertwining these concepts, we uncover a harmonious convergence, where the spiritual resonance of African traditions resonates with the transcendental symphony of quantum frequencies. Embracing Tradition in Quantum Unity: As we navigate the landscapes of African spirituality and quantum physics, we discover a profound harmony that transcends the boundaries of time and space. African spiritual values impart a profound sense of interconnectedness, unity, and respect for the natural world, aligning with the revelations of quantum unity at the subatomic level. By embracing tradition in the quantum realm, we illuminate an extraordinary pathway that bridges ancient wisdom with contemporary scientific understanding, inspiring awe and reverence for the universe's intrinsic unity. Conclusion: In our exploration of African spirituality through the prism of quantum physics, we embark on a journey that transcends the conventional boundaries of science and tradition. As the symphony of African spiritual values harmonizes with the intricacies of quantum physics, we kindle a spark of curiosity, wonder, and inspiration in the hearts of readers young and old. May this odyssey of enlightenment and unity ignite a profound sense of awe and reverence, enriching our collective understanding of spirituality, physics, and the boundless tapestry of creation.

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In the vast and diverse tapestry of African mythology, the tale of Lowe emerging from the reeds stands as a powerful symbol of creation, resilience, and a deep spiritual connection to the natural world. This foundational myth intertwines with the profound relationship that mankind has forged with water, serving as a catalyst for life, shaping societies, and nurturing the development of civilizations across the African continent. The African creation story of Lowe rising from the reeds encapsulates the essence of origination and emergence. Depicted in various forms across different regions, this myth embodies the profound connection between humanity and the natural environment. As Lowe stepped forth from the reeds, the narrative symbolizes the birth of life, the primordial essence of creation, and the interconnectedness of all living beings with their surroundings. Water, in its myriad forms, holds a revered status in African cultures, serving as a fundamental aspect of existence, spirituality, and sustenance. The concept of life originating from water is deeply ingrained in African cosmology, reflecting an ancient wisdom that acknowledges the indispensable role of water in the genesis and perpetuation of life. This unifying belief manifests in rituals, folklore, and societal practices, signaling an enduring reverence for the life-giving properties of water. The interplay between the creational myth of Lowe and the elemental significance of water illuminates the foundational fabric of Black African societies. These narratives encapsulate the ethos of resilience, adaptability, and the enduring spirit of perseverance essential in navigating the complexities of life. The acknowledgement of life's origins in the natural world fosters a poignant perspective that shapes cultural norms, traditions, and social constructs, emphasizing harmony with the environment and a collective consciousness rooted in a shared heritage of myth and tradition. The influence of water extends far beyond the realms of sustenance and survival, permeating the cultural and spiritual landscapes of African societies. From the majestic Nile River to the shimmering waters of Lake Malawi, the presence of water has catalyzed the emergence of thriving settlements, trade routes, and centers of innovation throughout history. The symbiotic relationship with water has not only sustained life but also facilitated the evolution of complex civilizations, fostering interconnected communities bound by the ebb and flow of water's influence. The enduring myths and elemental significance of water in African cultures encapsulate a timeless wisdom that resonates with the rhythm of life itself. These narratives encapsulate the collective memory of societies, echoing through the annals of time and weaving a rich tapestry of spirituality, resilience, and cultural heritage. The profound interweaving of stories and elemental forces serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of African civilizations, shaping the essence of identity, interconnectedness, and the boundless potential for renewal and adaptation within the ever-changing currents of existence. In unraveling the tapestry of African creation stories and the elemental influence of water, one bears witness to a profound testament to the resilience, interconnectedness, and enduring spirit of African societies. The myth of Lowe emerging from the reeds and the perpetual presence of water as a catalyst for life stand as timeless symbols of the human experience, mirroring the enduring journey of creation, adaptability, and the unyielding connection to the nature of existence itself. In conclusion, the creational story of Lowe's emergence from the reeds echoes the timeless wisdom woven into the fabric of African societies. The reverence for water as the source of life and the elemental force that shapes civilizations serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of African cultures. Through the interweaving of myth and elemental significance, these narratives continue to inspire and enrich the collective consciousness, ensuring that the indomitable spirit of creation and interconnectedness endures, enveloping each generation in the timeless embrace of myth, tradition, and the unyielding power of water.

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My name is Lubabalo Tatase. I am a young aspiring writer from South Africa. I live in Cape Town, the city referred to as “the Mother City”. I grew up near the coastline of Wavecrest in Centane in the Eastern Cape. Something magical fuelled my desire to write, but I didn't always know that I was a writer. How do people discover that they are writers?In Centane, I grew up hearing about many strange things, but I never knew that these things might somehow enlighten me at some point. Let me first put it this way: the Xhosa nation is a strange folk in a strange land. AmaXhosa people believe in strange things. I compare this nation with the likes of Norse people who produced great works of creative writing that speak of elves and dragons – massive, magical works. Do you think that they are the only ones with these strange things? Not at all, my friends. The Xhosa people have these things too, but they are named after their own fashion. Now that I am old enough to better understand things, I know that it was the love of magic that led me to this path.We have “tokoloshe” – the hairy dwarf man. This is a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by swallowing a pebble. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. At its least harmful, a tokoloshe can be used to scare children, but its power extends to bringing illness and even death to its victims. You also find uMamlambo-Mermaid, Water Cows, and Impundulu – the great lightning bird. It is these stories that inspired me to write, but these are still not enough to complete my tale. Even in my family we believe in “Ingqumbo Yeminyanya” – the wrath of the ancestors. All I can say is that we always trace anecdotes from the riverbeds of our history. I was encouraged to read by my English teacher. Back then, I enjoyed only strange books. I suppose it is rather queer that I read the likes of Terry Brooks and J.R.R Tolkien at a very young age. I prefered them as thick as possible. I recall one moment , I uttered “ambidextrous” out loud, while my English teacher (who is now a great friend of mine) was busyteaching. If I remember this well, he was saying something about people who can multi-task using both hands and I was the only person who knew the word! Yhoo! Mr Mvula was his last name. He went on a rampage, beating everyone with a rubber strip named “Sushi”. It was one of those rubbers you find in the windows of cars. Most of the class hated me for doing that. Some of the other students who were smart enough began to see the need to develop their vocabulary. Then they gave me the name “Walking Dictionary”. Mr Mvula and Miss Masebeni, who were both Language Teachers, saw the need for me to be part of my school's Reading and Creative Writing club. That is when I entered an essay competition and won first place at my school. The final round was held at the University of Cape Town, where I – being a Xhosa boy from the Eastern Cape – left scholars with their mouths wide open in amazement as I read my essay, entitled “Readers are Leaders”. That is when I realised that I had great potential, and the ability to paint a picture with written words. I had heard about so many strange things when I was growing up in Centane, and when I compared these with the fictional books I read, I knew that I could breed new magical creatures, paint new worlds, and encourage children across the globe just like the authors mentioned above had done with me. I always recited these words to myself: “Only a little more I have to write before I bid this world goodbye.” The meaning of my title is related to this: the more I read, the more I became focused on writing. I wrote because I wanted to produce something to be remembered by, to change someone's life, to inspire and be inspired, to motivate and learn. I always question myself and answer myself when it comes to the matter of wisdom. I believe that if the infinite had not desired mankind to be wise he would not have bestowed upon him the faculty of knowledge. To me, the difference between a sage and a philosopher is the difference between a man with knowledge and a man who seeks it. This is my story, and this is the writer in me. I think magic led me here. I believed in magic, no matter what form it took. For me, authors pour into our minds characters with quotes so powerful they make you feel like you can take over the world. Their words are always on my mind when I apply the most magical element of creative writing: imagination. I am always keen to learn, just like James Aggrey, who said that upon passing a phase in higher education, he saw that he had not known anything, and decided to undertake another degree. If writing is a hobby for you, embrace it as if it is the only thing for you to do. The power in a writer's work lies within the power of their imagination. Beyond a writer's greatest measure lies a reader's greatest treasure. “Before my story ends only a little more I have to write.”

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