PROJECTS by Kol-Kes
Published in 2016 with London (UK) based e-publishers, Bahati Books, Katlego K Kol-Kes' collection of poetry "...on about the same old things" (Bahati Books, 2016) is available for purchase on Amazon and Okada Books.
A classically trained vocalist and composer, Kat Kai Kol-Kes fronts the musical outfit Chasing Jaykb which had its debut performance at Fete de la Musique in Gaborone, Botswana, in 2014. Afropop.org ran a story that introduced the band's music to the world.
Chasing Jaykb's EP, Bongo Country, features 6 songs - which form part of a tragic love story between Kol-Kes and her country of birth.
She is always creating new music and , at times, merges it with poetic verse.
Kol-Kes' musical, Once Upon A Life, (instrumentation by Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile) debuted in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2011.
BOTSWANA TRANS RIGHTS VICTORIES: WHAT'S NEXT?
Katlego K Kol-Kes writing for Washington Blade. (Dec. 2017)
"I have hope that in the next decade, as Botswana inches towards 60 years of independence, we can see innovative road-mapping for the realization and protection of LGBT+ people’s rights."
CRUISING FOR CONTROL: SUBVERSIVE CRUISING AND MASCULINE DOMINANCE IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Katlego K Kol-Kes writing for Afropunk.com
"Manly men and masculinity are two issues that are prevalent in many African countries, Botswana is no exception. With a heavy patriarchal structure, homosexuality is shunned for both religious and cultural reasons. Katlego K Kol-Kes queries the blurred lines between subversive cruising and masculine dominance in Gaborone, Botswana, where homosexuality is still a criminal offence." READ MORE
Lifestyle Writing & Styling
Katlego has written and styled numerous lifestyle and fashion features, including an advisory column for Peolwane Magazine (Air Botswana In-Flight Magazine), Safari Survivor: Beauty Secrets.
The featured photographs are from the final installment of the Safari Survivor beauty series. Models: Jessica Lejowa, Tshepi, Elizabeth & Thabi.
Photography by Neo Jasmine Mokgosi of Faith In A Jar Photography
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