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Join Gcina Mhlophe for a Special Women’s Day Performance of My Travelling Bag in Durban

Have You Seen Zandile?Umcelo Neentsomi Zase-AfrikaLove ChildOur Story MagicStories of Africa

Artslink and the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban invite you to a special Woman’s Day performance, “My Travelling Bag” by Gcina Mhlophe.

The show will take the form of a picnic dinner and will take place twice on Monday, 10 August. The first performance will start at 2 PM and the second will start at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available from Computicket and cost R120 per person and R100 for pensioners.

In “My Travelling Bag” Mhlophe will reflect on “33 years of suitcases bought, stamps in her passports, friendships, missed flights, mementos and memories”.

Don’t miss it!

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From a very young age I got to travel all over my home province, KwaZulu-Natal. From my hometown Hammarsdale to Port Shepstone, to Dundee, to Nongoma, it all seemed like such faraway places. I thought I was the most widely young person ever. It felt great!

But my beloved grandmother, Gogo, sounded a word of warning: “There is a bigger world out there.” Those were wise words indeed. How very prophetic too. In the past 33 years I have been blessed to travel the length and breadth of this amazing world. The number of suitcases I have bought, the stamps in my passports, amazing friendships. Oh the amazing experiences the countless mementos and memories that fill my head like an enchanted African forest. The amazing theatres, long hours at international airports, delayed flights, the many cultures and frustrating times filled with fear and homesickness.

But nothing can top the joy of sharing the stories of my people on world stages, the magical universality of these stories, proving once and for all that people are more alike than different. In my travelling bag there are all the 33 years of international travelling. But they can only be told and shared, one bowl at a time.


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The Truth Has Many Faces – Gcina Mhlophe’s Dream of a Memory House will Soon Come True

Gcina Mhlope

Our Story MagicStories of AfricaFor 20 years legendary poet, storyteller and freedom fighter Gcina Mhlophe has been dreaming of opening a Memory House – a place where people can share their stories and create an archive of narratives for future generations.

Last year at the launch of 21 Icons Mhlophe shared her vision of this space of remembrance with the members of the audience, saying: “There are so many different people who have so many stories to tell.”

Now Mhlophe’s dream is about to become true. Channel24 reports that Propertuity, a company that values economic development, environmental upliftment and social progress, has given a space for the Memory House at Pixley House in Durban. In the article the author of Our Story Magic and Stories of Africa talks about what the project means to her and what it still needs before it will become a reality.

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“I have been dreaming about opening the Memory House for more than 20 years,” she said. “This oral history museum will give people a space to tell their stories … and because the truth has many faces, people will be able to share different versions of the same story.

“There will be stories of triumph, loss, some personal history. It will be a place belonging to all South Africans, a place where young people can come and listen to stories of the past.”

Mhlophe’s Memory House has been given space at Pixley House in Durban, courtesy of the company Propertuity.

“Now we need to get support to be able to equip the space with the electronics,” Mhlope said, adding that she planned to have recording booths for people to set down their stories, a digital archive and regular storytelling events.

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Photograph courtesy of Victor Dlamini

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Don’t Miss Acclaimed Storyteller Gcina Mhlophe’s Reading Event for Children in Pietermaritzburg

Our Story MagicStories of AfricaGcina Mhlophe, the author of Our Story Magic, Stories of Africa and many more beloved children’s stories, will be doing a reading for children in Pietermaritzburg.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 8 April at 11:30 at Exclusive Books Midlands Mall.

Don’t miss out!

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William Zulu and Gcina Mhlophe win PanSALB Multilingual Awards

William Zulu Gcina Mhlope

UKZN Press is delighted to announce that two of our authors have won PanSALB awards for translations of their books from English to isiZulu.

PanSALB (The Pan South African Language Board) was established to promote the equal use of the 11 official South African languages and to help develop all our indigenous languages. It actively promotes multilingualism as a national resource and vehicle for national development.

Umculo Neentsomi Zase-AfrikaUmculo Neentsomi Zase-AfrikaSpring Will ComeLiyoze Line Nangakithi

UKZN Press submitted three entries in the PanSALB Multilingualism Awards this year. William Zulu and Gcina Mhlophe won in the “Language and Literature” category, which is open to writers who help to promote and preserve the official languages.

The awards were presented at a gala event on Saturday, 19th March at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The first of our winners, William Ndabayakhe Zulu, won the award for his autobiography, Liyoze Line Nangakithi , an isiZulu adaptation of his English autobiography, Spring Will Come, which was runner-up in the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in 2008.

The second UKZN Press author who was awarded the prize is Gcina Mhlophe, world renowned story-teller and performer, for her translation of her CD, Songs and Stories of Africa, into isiZulu, Umcelo Nezindaba Zase-Afrika and isiXhosa, Umcelo Neentsomi Zase-Afrika.

Both authors have been recognized for the important role they play in promoting indigenous languages in South Africa by making these books and CDs accessible to a new and vibrant reading audience.

Have You Seen Zandile?Songs and Stories of AfricaStories of AfricaLove ChildOur Story Magic

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Storyteller Gcina Mhlophe: Less Time with Google, More Time with Granny

Our Story MagicStories of AfricaSongs and Stories of Africa

Gcina Mhlophe is a well-known South African storyteller, playwright and author. Known for her enchanting telling of African stories, Mhlophe feels that the oral traditions of storytelling are dying out. Children are less interested in listening to the stories of their grandparents, and prefer “Granny Google” instead.

Growing up with very little entertainment and no television, Mhlophe soon cultivated a love of books. She tells Marion Scher how her travels have shown her the universal appeal of storytelling, which can be appreciated at any age:

Legendary storyteller, playwright, author and poet Gcina Mhlophe grew up listening to the magical tales of Africa spun by her grandmother. This shaped her life and she now entrances audiences worldwide with her stories and music.

Today, sadly, very few grannies tell their grandchildren stories. Children aren’t interested in hearing stories from their grandparent’s past. They prefer Granny Google. She’s stolen the place of the real grandmother. When I visit schools, I tell them that Granny Google doesn’t know who they are, doesn’t love and value them. Kids should take time to be with their grandparents – just chill with them.

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Gcina Mhlophe’s Storytelling at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban

Gcina Mhlope at the KZNSA Gallery

Our Story MagicStories of AfricaGcina Mhlophe, author of Our Story Magic and Stories of Africa will be telling her stories at the KZNSA Gallery, December 18th. Mhlophe’s stories are enchanting tales steeped in the African oral storytelling tradition.

Make sure you don’t miss it, and bring the kids!
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  • Date: Saturday, 18 December 2010
  • Time: 10:30 AM for 11:00 AM
  • Venue: KZNSA Gallery
    166 Bulwer Road
    Durban | Map

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Meet UKZN Press Authors at the Midlands Meander Literary Festival

Midlands Meander

Roll up, roll up for the inaugural Midlands Meander Literary Festival!

Join a host of UKZN Press authors and many other bookish types at Yellowwood Farm/Cafe in Howick today, tomorrow and Sunday for a veritable literary feast – and don’t miss the launch, on Sunday 8 August, of the Midlands Writers Trail, an incredible new offering for tourists conjured out of KwaZulu Natal’s gorgeous landscapes by our colleagues at KZN Literary Tourism.

Some of the UKZN Press authors who will appear at the festival are represented by the following books:

Tilling the Hard SoilLight and AfterGuardian of the Light: Denis HurleyThe Language of MeStories of Africa

Here are the key links to visit ahead of packing your bags for Howick:

We’ll see you at the festival!

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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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Meet UKZN Press Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Sandile Dikeni Chris Mann Siphiwo Mahala Gcina Mhlope

UKZN Press is proud to announce that four of our authors will be appearing at the Franschhoek Literary Festival next week. (The fest runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May.) Visit the famous wine valley and its village to meet Sandile Dikeni (Planting Water), Siphiwo Mahala (When a Man Cries), Chris Mann (Lifelines) and Gcina Mhlope (Stories of Africa).

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