Kafayat Quadri is a poet (poetographer), singer-songwriter, music producer and a certified attorney. She was the first African to speak and perform at the TEDxKLwomen, Malaysia in 2013. Her music and poetry have been performed on the stages of George Town Literary Festival, KAKISENI International Arts Festival, Generation-Y Music Festival, Lake Garden Music Festival, Coffee & Fringe Art Festival, etc.
Her first album ‘KQ the EP’ which she co-produced with Aman Junaid, a Grammy Award Recipient and her second album ‘April 16’, instrumentals in honour of her mother can both be found on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music & VEVO. Her prose poem was recently shortlisted by the PWDC Writers Workshop by Bernice Chauly for the End Violence Against Women Campaign & GTLF 2015. She is a recipient of the Rimbun Dahan/Penaga Hotel Artist Residency 2016 and her first poetry collection is due to be published by Garden Bench in the same year.
In anticipation of her first collection of poems, Kafayat interpreted some of the poems from the upcoming poetry collection, ‘Aquarius’ alongside her photography as printed on canvas, which was exhibited at Light Box, Whiteaways Arcade & The Cinnamon, Penaga Hotel through February & March, 2016. She is currently working on the composition of the music to be featured in her 3rd album in collaboration some Malaysian rappers and poets (especially the Penang-based ones) for her newly found music & poetry genre – RAPCOUSTICS, which comprises mainly of a single musical instrument accompanied to a rap or poetry rendition with musical choruses at intervals which would come from a direct and on-spot musical interpretation of the poem or rap as rendered by the featured artist.
She is the founder and the Managing Editor of the Poetry Digest Magazine in Nigeria and hopes to get the world reading and writing poetry as a form of healing for physical & mental well being.