Let us celebrate our freedom as we review this arresting book by spoken word poet, screenplay & theater writer, Napo Masheane!
Born in Soweto and matured in Qwaqwa, the acclaimed performance artist is an all-rounder as she has a Marketing Management as well as Speech and Drama Diploma and is currently pursuing her PhD.
Her passion for the arts was inspired by growing up in a household where art and storytelling almost came as second nature. Her father was a teacher and visual artist and her mother a natural storyteller who shared with her; stories and the beauty of the Sesotho culture.
Having performed on both local and international stages, Napo's been making notable moves, from having being named in the top 100 youth in 2007 by Mail & Guardian for her one woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal With It and The Fat Black Women Sing and being a winner of the Mbokodo Award under theatre 2012, holder of Pan African Language Award 2014 and being part of a team that won a Safta for Umlilo, 2016.
Among her many achievements, Napo is the managing director of her company Village Gossip Productions and has completed two poetry collections; Caves Speak in Metaphors and Fat Songs for My Girlfriends and managed to be the first black woman to produce, stage and direct a play: A New Song, at the Market Theatre's main stage.