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Gcina Mhlophe Writings

Have You Seen Zandile?

Have You Seen Zandile? is a wonderful South African resource, still as fresh and absorbing as when it was first written. Perfectly scripted, and with Gcina Mhlophe’s sure instinct for stagecraft, it recounts the very personal story of Zandile, who is snatched away from her grandmother’s loving care and taken to live with her matriarchal family in rural Transkei. Moving, funny and convincing, full of Zandile’s shrewd, youthful insights, the play offers an illuminating window into the 1960s world that it depicts, with its issues of white dominance, rural hardship and black female repression. Have You Seen Zandile? is already an established favorite in performance circles, and is fast becoming a South African classic.

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Intokazi Yodumo

EkaMandlovu inamahloni ngoba ayisazi isiNgisi. Ikhula nje iyasifungela, isifunda kancane. Namuhla isethulela izindaba zesiNgisi kumabonakude. Ngeke ukholwe! Maza is embarrassed because she does not understand English.

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ULizeka Wazikhethela

Iqela leenkwenkwezi ezimibalala laliphehe icala lonke lesibhakabhaka. Zazicinga ukuba zingcono kuneenkwenkwezi ezimhlophe kwaye zazidlisela ngoko ubusuku bonke. Ekugqibeleni iinkwenkwezi zimhlophe zadikwa yeyokosa. Kwenzeka ntoni mina iinkwenkwezi ezimibalabala zanyanzelwa ukuba zisishie isibhakabhaka zize kutsho kwintlabathi engumqwebedu eqhumayo yaemhlabeni. Colourful stars once ruled a corner of the sky and boasted night and day. What happened when they had to leave the sky and land on earth’s dry, dusty sand?

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African Tales

This African collection is beautifully illustrated with hand-sewn embroidered artwork decorated with African beads on a silk base. The eight tales are from Ghana, Senegal, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Sudan, Swaziland and Ethiopia; each is prefaced by a short introduction to the country.

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Stories of Africa

Now in reprint, this folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young readers. It contains ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition. Told with inimitable aplomb by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller and illustrated by a lively selection of KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight new readers across the multicultural spectrum.

Umlingo Wezindaba

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojela’s Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors. This translation is in the South African language isiZulu.

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Ubugqi Beentsomi Zethu

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojela’s Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors. This translation is in the South African language isiXhosa.

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Nozi

Inspiring and entertaining tales that let kids be the star of the story and live out fun adventures through the pages of a book. You can change the name, hairstyle, hair color, eye color and skin color of the main character to truly customize the story for your little one.

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Xitori Xa Hina Xa Mahlori

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojela’s Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors. This translation is in the South African language Xitsonga.

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Zimnandi Ngokuphindwa

Now in reprint, this folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young readers. It contains ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition. Told with inimitable aplomb by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller and illustrated by a lively selection of KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight new readers across the multicultural spectrum. This translation is in the South African language isiZulu.

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Dikanegelo Tsa Afrika

Now in reprint, this folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young readers. It contains ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition. Told with inimitable aplomb by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller and illustrated by a lively selection of KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight new readers across the multicultural spectrum. This translation is in the South African language Sepedi.

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Love Child

Love Child is a collection for the new millennium generation. It is valuable not just for the deeply-felt personal and political insights it has to offer, but for the accessible ease with which it manages to capture the seminal moments of black South African history in the preserving amber of the author’s personal recollection.

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Nozincwadi

Nozincwadi was conceived as a tribute to reading and writing in South Africa. The book has travelled to the most remote areas of the country, promoting reading and inspiring future young writers. The story of Nozincwadi is written to drawn in the young and old. 

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Our Story Magic

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojelaâ, Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors.

Gcina Mhlophe’s writings are published all over the world, and have been translated into German, French, Italian, Swahili, and Japanese. Her honours include: The Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival, Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago, OBBIE in New York, and Honorary Doctorates from London Open University and University of Natal in South Africa.

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How Stories Began

We all enjoy reading or listening to good stories. But have you ever wondered where all these stories came from? You will find out about this in the first story in this book. In the second story, you will read about the magic that gave all the jungle animals their colors.

Worldreader proudly presents this ebook in a new series of children’s and young adult books from Sub-Saharan Africa. Worldreader is a non-profit organization committed to delivering digital books to children and families in the developing world using e-book technology. By purchasing this book you directly contribute to this effort by helping fund school literacy programs, and promote the writing and publication of great books from local authors everywhere.

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Hi Zoleka

“Hi, Zoleka friends call. But Zoleka has something on her mind. So she walks quietly with her mother and her little brother to church. Will she remember all the words of the verse she has to recite for the Palm Sunday service?” Children’s picture book about a little Girl in South Africa.

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Ukuba Nganginezimpiko

Le ntombazane ikhumbula ugogo nomkhulu. Ukuba ibingakwazi ukubabona manje nje, njengokuba ikhuluma. This little girl misses grandma and grandpa. If only she could see them right now!

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Dikanegelo Tsa Rena Tsa Go Makatsa

Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize ‘real life’ miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojela’s Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors. This translation is in the South African language Sepedi.

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Queen of Tortoises

It’s Eloise’s sixtieth birthday, though she’s still not a day over six. Celebrate both her birthday and Christmas with this sweet holiday classic that now comes with a CD narrated by Bernadette Peter.

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Umculo Nezindaba Zase-Afrika

This wonderful 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 “Nansi imfene emthini – Baboon in the tree” (which is a well-known traditional children’s song). At last, this excellent CD which has received world-wide praise, is now available to a new, isiZulu-speaking audience. Listeners, young and old, will enjoy the passion of the stories, the joy of the songs, now available in their mother-tongue, isiZulu. 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.” Gcina Mhlophe’s writing is published all over the world, and has been translated into German, French, Italian, Swahili and Japanese. She is highly sought after as a performer both locally and internationally. Her honours include, amongst other awards, Honorary Doctorates from London Open University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

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Zwitori Zwa Afrika

Now in reprint, this folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young readers. It contains ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition. Told with inimitable aplomb by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller and illustrated by a lively selection of KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight new readers across the multicultural spectrum. This translation is in the South African language Tshivenda.

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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