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Born in KwaZulu Natal Umlazi township, matriculated at Menzi High School.
He went on to study BA Music and Drama performance at the University of KwaZulu Natal Durban. Menzi Mbonambi is a self taught painter, guitarist and a poet. He combines poetry and art to narrate his inner thoughts. Since 2005 he started teaching art, music, and drama in Naturena Primary school and in 2007 he went on to educate the educators of art and culture at Freedom Primary School. In 2008 he founded the African Wright-Us Forum an organization of writers who are coming from all over the continent exiled in South Africa. He has thus produced a newsletter called the African Writers echoing in Exile, which he is also its editor. An artist with multiple talents Menzi is also a lead vocalist of the Men of the Past Band, an acoustic ensemble specializing in Afro roots music. The band has been touring around South Africa and Zimbabwe exhibiting its music. His works of art are still to be exhibited and known by the South African public. Currently he resides in Johannesburg where he is doing works.