Storytelling and Poetry are a means for sharing and interpreting experiences. They are universal in that they can bridge cultural, linguistic, and age-related divides and can be used as a method to teach ethics, values, and cultural norms and differences.
Stories are a wonderful form of entertainment.
Botlhale Boikanyo is a spoken word artist and won SA’s Got Talent in 2012. At the age of thirteen she performed her poems at the Legacy of Hope Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital campaign inauguration in New York and her request and performance was linked with International Mandela Day.
Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe is a South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in a country dominated by males
Jessica Mbangeni is a multi SAMTA Award Winning singer, and an Imbokodo award-winning artist combining Storytelling and Praise singing. Her deep passion for music led to her being noticed and invited to work with South African music royalty – among them Hugh Masekela; Sibongile Khumalo; Dolly Rathebe; Abigail Kubheka and Thandi Klassen. She toured the globe with the award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.
Lebogang Mashile is an actor, writer and performance poet with an extensive collection of work. She is one of the most influential South African writers and her work is widely published and celebrated. Lebo is also an executive producer, actress, poet, independent record producer, corporate and independent event MC, life skills facilitator/speaker and television series presenter. In all her creative roles, it is her sharp intellect, questioning mind and fierce sense of social exploration that drive her passion for creativity.
Tu Nokwe is a one of a kind South African icon, that has done it all in her long and illustrious career. She is an actor, singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, teacher.