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SAMA Best Children’s Album Award Goes to Gcina Mhlophe for Songs and Stories of Africa

Songs and Stories of AfricaStories of AfricaGcina Mhlophe’s Songs and Stories of Africa: An Audio CD has been awarded the SAMA Best Children’s Album in the English category!

The second audio edition of this wonderful CD collection of stories, narrated by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller, in her inimitable style, is drawn from her well known book Stories of Africa. In addition, there are a number of songs, most of them written by Gcina Mhlophe (with the exception of “Imfene emthini – Baboon in the tree”, a well known traditional children’s song).

For some of the vocals on this CD, Gcina is joined by her daughter, Nomakhwezi Becker, as well as members of the Children’s Choir from Entakemazolo H.P. School in Hammarsdale (a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal).

In Gcina’s words: “I love sharing my songs and stories with others. But my favourite way of relating them is the ancient way of my people – telling them face to face, in front of a live audience. Oh the thrill of seeing faces reacting to what you are saying, of feeling the energy go from the storyteller and back again! I hope that this CD will carry some of that thrill to you, the listener, and that you, too, will feel a story or a song awaken inside you and find yourself wishing to tell it to others. Yes you! Because every living being has a story to tell. So let’s keep passing on the magic.”

Congratulations to her!

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