Biography

Richard”Quaz” Roodt is a writer, Poet, performer and social activist from Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2016 Quaz was noted as one of South Africa’s Top 100 young independents, by Independent Media. He facilitates a Poetry and creative writing class at The University of Johannesburg and is also involved in numerous social outreach programs around the country. Quaz has performed his poetry and presented talks and workshops at various International festivals in countries such as Brazil, Swaziland,Botswana, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and all nine provinces of South Africa. Quaz’s poetry has been published and translated in numerous South African and international anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers.

In 2009 Quaz Published his first collection of poems entitled The orange book Vol:2 He is currently working on his 2nd collection due for publishing sometime in the near future. Quaz has a strong presence on the Johannesburg poetry and hip hop scene, as a performer, host ,facilitator and organizer He has shared stages with the likes of Poet Laureate Prof Keorapetse Kgotsisile ,Prof.Wally Serote, Lesego Rampolokeng, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Lebo Mashile, Toni Blackman,(U.S.A) Hans de`Olivat (Holland) Napo Masheane, Copywrite (U.S.A) Vast Aire (of Cannibal ox) ,Natalia Molebatsi, Mutabaruka, and Ben Sharpa to name a few.

Quaz has released 4 mixtapes , one Ep, and numerous other instrumental projects under his Sam English alias. He features on numerous albums, short films and documentaries.

Published Work

• Home is where the mic is Anthology (Botsotso 2014)

•The Orange Book Vol:2 (2009)

•I Nostri semi -Peo Tsa Rona (with Italian translations)(2008)

•Reunited siblings Exodus anthology (2006)

Discography

•The incurable likeness of Beings(2015)

•The lost Pieces of Za’uQ (2012)

•Your slice of cake Ep.(2010)

•The chocolate brown guy mix tape (2008)

•The immaculate thoughts of Za`uQ mixtape  (2007)

Album Features

•Concrete Thought (Yahkeem Ben Isreal) (2013)

•Pushers anonymous Vol :2 (freestyle album) (2011)

•Hype Magazine mixtape 34(Mixed by DJ Zakes) (2010)

•Pushers anonymous Vol 1 (freestyle album) (2010 )

•College in Bars by Projectah ( featured) (2010)

Performance History

•Sanaa Africa festival 2016

•FLUPP , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

•Sauti Poetry festival(Botswana) 2015

Poetry and Jazz in Orbit 2015

• Afrweka poetry festival 2015

•Spoken freedom Poetry festival 2014

•Poetry Africa 2014

•Johannesburg Workshop in theory and criticism  (JWTC)2014

•Dept of Land reform 1913 land act centenary exhibition, Nasrec

•Melville Poetry Festival

•Poetry Africa 2013

•South African Literary Awards (Host) (2012)

•African Century International African writers conference(2012)

•Jozi House of Poetry(2012)

•Organik Soul(2012)

•Ballardy Composition

•Department of Art and culture and recreation June 16 Commemoration (2012)

•Heavy Hitters Copywrite, U.S.A (Host)2011

•WordnSound Poetry.(2011/2012/2013)

•Bonfire of vanities(Dutch/ sa collaboration)(2010)

•Back2 the city Hip hop Festival (2009)

•Speak the mind poetry festival(2009)

•Def jam 25th anniversary party(2009)

•Jozi meets Detroit meets Durban(Stokvel#2)  (2009)

•Durban meets Jozi poetry festival( Durban)   (2009)

•Sprite/Channel O Emcee Africa  (2008)

•Pan South African language board festival Soweto (2008)

•Gauteng shared services heritage month celebration (2008)

•EXODUS Poetry FESTIVAL Botswana  (2008)

•Dep. Art sport and recreation public space performance program.

•Ekhuruleni career open day

•Last days family album launch   (Host)

•Puisano Jazz auditions and workshops (host)

•Likwid tongue open mic charity shows (host)

•Hip Hop at RJ`s ( Host)

•Reherb Park sessions (Host)

•Dungeon Shack( soweto)

•Splash Jam (soweto)

Theatre work

•Footprints of the heart(written/directed) (Windybrow theatre)

•Port Louis Theatre festival (Mauritius),(Ways of dying)

•The Exodus poetry festival (Botswana)

•The Grahamstown arts festival,(Dance Mzansi , Ways of dying)

•The Market Theatre(Polke draai)

•Windybrow theatre,

•S.A.N.C.T.A festival(Wits University),

•Directors Forum (Wits Technikon)

Radio Appearances

•SAFM –Poetry in the air with Myesha Jenkins
•YFM the bridge  (Rap Olympics captain, and reigning champion)
•YFM rap activity jam(crowned freestyle emcee of the month  )
•Yfm word of mouth poetry ( with Rudeboy Paul)
•Kaya fm
•Radio 2000
•Voice of wits radio
•Uj fm
•Cityx radio
•Jozi fm
•Johazardous pirate radio
•Sub~Etha Pirate Radio
•Rhythm 100
•TransAfrica Radio

Television appearances

•SABC international (Sabc int.)
•Sprite emcee Africa (channel O)
•Cipher (sabc1)
•Wild room (sabc1)
•Shiz nizz  (e.tv)
•Soweto tv
•3 talk with Noeleen (sabc3)
•Youth expression  (sacb int)
•Metropolitan life Tv advertisement (featured poet)
•Africa awakes (Mnet)
•Channel O

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