She uses this important part of Africa's heritage to enhance identity and self-esteem while entertaining and educating. Die neue Idee Gcina's mission is to restore and develop Africa's stories and the art of storytelling-as an art form and educational tool. She collects stories from all regions of South Africa, which she presents at the storytelling festivals she organizes throughout the country.
She started her working life as a domestic servant, later working as a newsreader at the Press Trust and BBC Radiothen as a writer for Learn and Teacha magazine for newly-literate people. She began to get a Gcina mhlope of the demand for stories while in Chicago in She performed at a library in a mostly-black neighbourhood, where an ever-growing audience kept inviting her back.
Still, Mhlophe only began to think of storytelling as a career after meeting an Imbongione of the legendary poets of African folklore, and after encouragement by Mannie Manimthe then-director of the Market TheatreJohannesburg.
Since then Mhlophe has appeared in theatres from Soweto to London and much of her work has been translated into GermanFrench, Italian, Swahili and Japanese.
Mhlophe has travelled extensively in Africa and other parts of the world giving storytelling workshops. Mhlophe's stories meld folklore, information, current affairs, song and idiom.
The realisation of her dreams is a visceral motivator for her and she is passing on her infectious enthusiasm by developing young talent to carry forward the work of storytelling through the Zanendaba Bring me a story Initiative. This initiative, established inis a collaboration with the Market Theatre and READa national literacy organization.
Selected workstook the lead in Umongikazi:About Gcina Mhlophe: Born in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal in , Gcina Mhlope now lives in Johannesburg. Gcina Mhlope has been writing and performing on /5(16). Gcina Mhlophe Artist-in-Residence Born in in Durban, South Africa, to a Xhosa mother and a Zulu father, Mhlophe has built her storytelling career on embracing and celebrating South African culture.
Gcina Mhlophe, Actress: Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu. Gcina Mhlophe is an actress, known for Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (), Born in . Gcina Mhlophe, born in in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, has been writing and performing on stage and screen for over 20 years.
She has written many children's books as well as adult audience poetry, short stories and plays. Stories of Africa [Gcina Mhlophe] on urbanagricultureinitiative.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Now in reprint, this folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young readers. It contains ten enchanting tales.
When Gcina Mhlophe steps onto the stage she announces her entrance through ritual. And then you are drawn into the ritual: it holds on to you because she holds on to it, and you hold on to it too.
The medium of announcement is usually a song, a familiar act – what speakers do at many African funerals.