Gcina Mhlophe (isiZulu)

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Dr Gcina Mhlophe, uma singabala kokuningi ukuthi uyisigayigayi, umbhali wezincwadi, umbhali wemidlalo yeshashalazi ne-EThekwini Living Legend, wamemezela ngonyaka odlule ngezinhlelo zokuqala indawo yokugcina umlando namagugu eThekwini. “Abantu bakithi bangiqambe ukuthi nginguGcinamasiko, elichaza ukuthi umgcini wamasiko; leligama ngilimbathe njengengubo futhi ngiyalihlonipha ngoqobo lwami” kusho yena ngesikhathi ekhuluma ngezinhlelo zakhe zokuqala iKhumbulani Memory House, ezoba sePixley House maphakathi nedolobha leTheku. Miningi imicimbi aseyenzile yokuqokelela imali njengalowo obuse Newtown eGoli lapho abantu bebesayina khona ukweseka lomkhankaso […]

Legend of the Month: Dr Gcina Mhlophe

Our Legend of the Month for March is 2009 eThekwini Living Legend, Dr Gcina Mhlophe. Mhlophe has been a regular visitor to the Time of the Writer festival currently taking place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with a career as an author and performer spanning more than the twenty years that the festival celebrates this year. As one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most active artists, Mhlophe has tried her hand at everything from newsreading […]

Get Up, Stand Up

Naidu-20141020121955927The 1950s and ’60s are famous for their protest action – whether it was a march to the union buildings to protest against South Africa’s pass laws, or the hundreds of thousands of men and women who walked to Washington DC to listen to Martin Luther King speak in support of freedom for all – internationally it’s known as a time in history when people stood up and fought back. Over time though society seemed to become […]

Mhlophe’s Memories

Mhlope400Dr Gcina Mhlophe, activist, author, playwright and eThekwini Living Legend (amongst other things!), announced last year her plans to set up an oral history museum in Durban. “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”, Mhlophe said when talking of her plans to establish the Khumbulani Memory House, which is to be set up in Pixley House in the Durban […]

David Masondo: 1950-July 2015

South Africa is in mourning over the passing of Soul Brothers lead singer and co-founder, David Masondo. Masondo, who was honoured with an eThekwini Living Legend award in 2009, passed away on Monday at the Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg, after having taken ill in May this year. The Soul Brothers made their name in mbaqanga music, a zulu-infused style of jazz that gained popularity in the 1960s. The band were […]

Madala’s Magic!

Bhakti#3_ASWhen was the last time you treated yourself to a night at the theatre? If it’s been a while (or even if you’re a regular theatre goer!) you should do yourself a favour and book a ticket to see Bhakti, a dance and musical performance choreographed by Lliane Loots. Bhakti offers a unique journey into the meeting of Eastern mystical philosophy and African contemporary dance rhythms, with music performed by none other than 2009 eThekwini Living Legend,

Gcina and the Good Doctor

With the rejuvenation of Durban’s promenade in 2010 and the arrival of Rivertown in 2014 the city of Durban seems to have a new energy to it, and the development of Pixley House in Durban’s inner city hints at even more exciting times! This beautiful 1930s art deco building is being converted into residential apartments, with a view to a larger urban regeneration plan the likes of which have been seen in Maboneng and Braamfontein in Johannesburg. The building, located at 396 […]

Abednigo ‘Shaka’ Ngcobo: 10th May 1950-1st November 2014

Shaka-NgcoboDurban has lost one of it’s all time greats with the passing of Abednigo ‘Shaka’ Ngcobo, who died of a heart attack at his home on Saturday morning.  Shaka, so named because of his impressive physique that was said to resemble the great Shaka Zulu, was a Kaizer Chiefs player until his retirement in December 1984. Born in Cato Manor in 1950, Shaka was recruited by Kaizer Chiefs after […]