Mxolisi Nyezwa's poems are both violent and tender, with an immediacy of language that strikes the reader like a cry, or a note of music. Malikhanye is his third book of poems after Song Trials (2000) and New Country (2008).
Nyezwa grew up in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, where he still lives. He runs a shop and business support service from a steel container in Motherwell in township. He is the founder and editor of the cultural magazine Kotaz, now in its 14th year.