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!