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Gcina Mhlophe
On every world stage
Stories of Africa
Children reading happily
World Book Day
Celebrating at eMpangeni
Nozincwadi
Mother of Books
Nyagwini
The exciting performances
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The receptive audience
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The audience breaks into song
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The prize-giving ceremony
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Gifts from the heart
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Celebrate our winners
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Meeting with friends

UP COMING EVENTS

September 2016

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Hilton Arts Festival

Hilton College, Pietermaritzeburg
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Nozincwadi: Mother Of Books

Bambanani Community Hall eKukhanyeni, Kwanyuswa Entumeni, Botha’s Hill, The Valley Of A Thousand Hills

TOUCH THE PAST - FEEL THE FUTURE

Who We Are and What We Do

In 2015, The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust announced a historic heritage project – The Gcina Mhlophe Memory House, which will be based in the Durban. This will be a Oral History Museum and the first public “home of storytelling” to be established in South Africa. The Memory House will be a space where visitors from all walks of life can listen to stories and histories of ordinary people, record their own stories, view heritage films, documentaries and other material in an environment conducive to honour African Oral Tradition. The project is currently in development with a fundraising campaign being the focus and priority in 2016.

The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust is a Non Profit, Public Benefit Trust, founded in 2012 on the success of its Founder and Executive Director, author, poet, storyteller and actress Gcina Mhlophe. Dr Mhlophe explains her inspiration: “My own people have named me Gcinamasiko, which means the keeper-of-heritage, I wear this name like a blanket and honour it with my being”. Establishing The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust is true testimony of Gcina Mhlophe’s commitment to preserving oral history and educating all South Africans towards an understanding of the value and role of Oral Tradition in a modern South Africa society.

Mission Statement

The GCINAMASIKO ARTS and HERITAGE TRUST is committed to preserving oral history, providing writing, story-creation and storytelling opportunities and enhancing a culture of reading within both established institutions (especially those who have poor access to resources) and the public arena of South Africa using the medium of edutainment as a basis for delivery of its aims and objectives.

Aims and Objectives

  • Contribute to the heritage of story-telling as an art-form through festivals, mentoring, training, public debates and performances.
  • Establish programmes that give the broader public access to facilities that allow them to share their own stories, histories and experiences.
  • To promote a culture of reading and writing through skills-transfer workshops and performances at schools.
  • Programmes implemented will include a strong focus on empowering women and the girl-child whilst ensuring that men and the boy-child are not excluded.

Summary of Programmes

In 2012, at inception, the Trust inherited groundbreaking programmes and projects that Dr. Gcina Mhlophe, the Executive Director of the Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust, had implemented effectively for many years.

The Nozincwadi Mother of Books project is one of these projects, it is now in its 15th year of implementation. This project has donated more than 5 000 books to more than 50 schools nationally during its time and will continue to see Dr. Gcina Mhlophe visiting schools, particularly rural and under-resourced schools in KwaZulu Natal, donating books from established libraries to schools that do not have libraries.

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Spirit of Light

Annually on the 9th of August, Woman’s Day, Dr. Gcina Mhlophe shares her passion for motivating, inspiring and encouraging all people, particularly especially woman, to achieve their dreams. The annual Spirit of Light event is one such event, which has been hosted in Durban since 2013. Woman from all walks of life attend and share ‘how they are shinning a light in their community’. The event has grown to also actively seek to engage empowered men as well as youth to come together and share their experiences. The 2014 event included the organization called, Brothers for Life and the 2015 event featured “Women In The Making” where young woman were given a voice to be seen and heard. In 2016, the event increased its reach to include project partners: ICC Durban for the Durban event held to celebrate International Womens’ Day and Turquoise Harmony Institute and JT Communications for a Spirit of Light event held in Johannesburg on 20th May 2016.

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The Gcina Mhlophe Memory House

In 2015, The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust announced a historic heritage project – The Gcina Mhlophe Memory House, which will be based in the Durban. This will be a Oral History Museum and the first public “home of storytelling” to be established in South Africa. The Memory House will be a space where visitors from all walks of life can listen to stories and histories of ordinary people, record their own stories, view heritage films, documentaries and other material in an environment conducive to honour African Oral Tradition. The project is currently in development with a fundraising campaign being the focus and priority in 2016.

 

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ABOUT GCINA MHLOPHE

Gcina Mhlophe has been writing and performing on stage and screen for the past 24 years. She has written many children’s books as well as adult audience poetry and short stories and plays. Her writings are published all over the world and are translated into German, French, Italian, Swahili and Japanese. Her work is used extensively in many schools and universities.

Gcina produced and performed in the collaboration CD for children with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, released by Music for Little People (USA), in 1993. She wrote music for the SABC TV series ‘Gcina & Friends’ where she performed her own stories for television audiences. In 2000 she released an award-winning storytelling CD ‘Fudukazi’s Magic’ for German audiences. Gcina wrote both the story and music for ‘Fudukazi’s Magic’ which was produced for video in collaboration with Anant Singh of Video Vision.

She wrote both story and music in collaboration with guitarist, Bheki Khoza, for the Animated Tales of the World Series, for Right Angle TV in the UK as well as the SABC.

In 2001 her CD and book of ‘Nozincwadi Mother of Books’ was produced as part of her nationwide reading road show to South African rural schools.

Her work has received awards from BBC Africa Service for Radio Drama, The Fringe First Award in the Edinburgh Festival, the Josef Jefferson Award in Chicago, and The OBBIE Awards in New York. Gcina Mhlophe has also received Honorary Doctorates from the London Open University as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The same year saw the publication of her book, ‘African Mother Christmas’ by Maskew Miller Longman, as well as the republication of ‘Love Child’ (now in English), and ‘Have You Seen Zandile’ by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

The video of ‘Fudukazi’s Magic’ was screened in Durban as part of the African Union Film Festival, July 2002.

2003 saw the publication of her much acclaimed ‘Stories of Africa’, by UKZN Press. The book was chosen for Publisher’s Choice for two years running. Maskew Miller Longman published one of her most loved stories ‘Queen Of Imbira.’

Also in 2003 she wrote for the First Words in Print series with books like, ‘Love In Your Language’, and ‘Horns Only’. Then in August & September 2003 Gcina was invited to the prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, USA as Writer In Residence where she commenced the work on her debut novel.

January 2006 released her CD – “Songs and Stories of Africa” co-produced with Bheki Khoza. The album features five stories and seven songs recorded with a full band and children’s choir.

In July 2006, Gcina represented her country at the Soccer World Cup in Germany. The Highlight of her performances being the Official Reveal of the 2010 World Cup Emblem for South Africa. The performance was broadcast live around the world to more than a billion viewers!

Writing and storytelling continue to be the main focus of Gcina’s creative energies. She lives in Durban with her husband and their daughter Nomakhwezi, the morning star!

OUR STORY MAGIC

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognise ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a Read More

QUOTES TO REMEMBER

“Until we see a brighter future in our children’s eyes, not much of what we do today has any value” – Gcina Mhlophe  “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit Read More

TIME TO LOVE ME

  Love yourself Love your family Say No! More often, to stressful Demands of others Demands that deny you, the time To rest your body To rest you mind and Read More

ALBUM

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Celebrating Oral History

About Hope Song

Hope Song was recorded out of the desire to honour our oral history. 

“I first sang THE HOPE SONG alone in my dressing room before a performance at Wits University, Johannesburg in 1998 – this was a very trying time for me on the personal front – Composing the Hope Song gave me strength to continue as hope has always been my walking stick. I then sang it for the first time in public with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1999, to a standing ovation at the Philharmonie Opera House, in Koln, Germany at a show called, “Africa at the Opera.”

Now, 20 years later my dream of a Oral History Museum, a Memory House that will record and capture histories of the ordinary people of the South Africa and the African Continent inspired me to write all the songs on this Hope Song CD and donate all the proceeds from the sale of the CD to the realization of the Dr. Gcina Mhlophe Memory House. 

Enjoy it….

Hope Song
  1. Ngiyabonga Nkosi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  2. Washu Mama Kimi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  3. Abadala // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  4. Bones of Memory // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  5. Hope Song // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  6. Khumbulani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  7. Abantu Besizwe // Hope Song
  8. Sanibonani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
Washu Mama Kimi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  1. Washu Mama Kimi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  2. Sanibonani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  3. Ngiyabonga Nkosi // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  4. Khumbulani // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  5. Hope Song // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  6. Bones of Memory // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song
  7. Abantu Besizwe // Hope Song
  8. Abadala // Gcina Mhlophe and Bheki Khoza - Hope Song