Jessemusse Cacinda and Mélio Tinga

Mélio Tinga at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 4.

Mélio Tinga started an activity-filled Saturday at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 4 from Maputo, Mozambique on July 4, 2020. He was hosted by Jessemusse Cacinda.

Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been three editions so far; Season 1 from March 23-30, Season 2 from April 20-27, and Season 3 from May 25 – June 1.

Season 4, which started on June 29, has so far seen Ngwatilo Mawiyoo in Nairobi, Kenya, Hannibal Tabu in Los Angeles, USA, Lamelle Shaw in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún in Lagos, Nigeria, Irenosen Okojie in London, UK, and Koleka Putuma in Cape Town, South Africa, Natalia Molebatsi in Johannesburg, South Africa and Iquo DianaAbasi in Lagos, Nigeria.

Saturday, July 4 was a busy day at the festival starting with Mélio Tinga in Maputo, Mozambique hosted by Jessemusse Cacinda. The Mozambican published O Voo dos Fantasmas (Ethale Publishing, 2018), and was part of The Hamburger that Killed Jorge – Anthology (Ethale Publishing, 2017). He also co-organized and participated in Contos e crónicas para ler em casa – Volume I and II (Literatas, 2020). He was a finalist for the Prémio 10 de Novembro, 2019, with the manuscript Outro Dia a Nuvem Evapora. He is a regular contributor to the Revista Literatas Magazine and member of Kuphaluxa Literary Movement. He holds a degree in Visual Education from the Pedagogical University where he works as a communication designer and part time teacher. He is the co-founder of DESIGN Talk and editor of DEZAINE Magazine.

You can watch the two gentlemen speak in Portuguese in the below video.


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