South African Director
Poet, film-maker and heritage practitioner Vusi Macingwane Mchunu spent 16 years in exile in Berlin, returning to South African in 1992. Vusi maintained a close relationship with cultural exchange and together with German Foreign Affairs-Haus der Kulturen der Welt, they initiated the “amaNdebele- People of Colour” multi-media exhibition, voted one of the ten best by the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1993.
Vusi lived in political exile in Berlin from 1982-1993. He co-produced the African Disapora cultural- literary magazines, AWA FINNABA & ISIVIVANE. As a cultural activist, within the German Anti-Apartheid movement, Vusi toured widely in Germany, London, Paris, Zurich as a poet, presenter against Apartheid and writer.
Developed the bi-annual Evangelical Church’s Bad Boll Seminary’s “S.A. Literature in English Conference and received stipends to cover his university costs from the Evangelische Studenten Gemende in Berlin.
GERMAN / SA collaborations include Rock Against Apartheid (Bremen), Viva La Black (1988) and the 2002 Symposium “Bad Times for Good music?”For the 1988 Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday; concert with Louis Moholo’s Viva la Black and the Poetry of Vusi Mchunu.
Vusi participated as Poet and Speaker for the 2002 Symposium “Bad Times for Good music?”; with Louis Moholo, Neville Alexander, Peter Niklas Wilson, in Frankfurt.