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About the book
"...for the ones with moonlight
in their skin."
“The Girl Without A Sound” was born out of defiance and as a response to the fairy tales we were told as little girls; stories about white princesses with blue eyes, flowing locks of hair and an overwhelming awareness of their beauty. More than that, it is a healing balm for all who read it; for the black female bodies that are dismissed or violated in a white, patriarchal and racist reality.
As an act of restoring power and agency to young black girls in South Africa, this is a story about a voiceless girl of colour in search of a sound of her own. It is a catalyst that reminds them of the power of the sounds trapped inside them.
Buhle Ngaba at TedX
- Cape Town, South Africa
Buhle Ngaba | Author
Buhle Ngaba is an actress, activist and author.
She studied Acting and Contemporary performance at Rhodes University and also studied Processes of Performance at the University of Leeds (UK). Buhle spent six months touring Cape Town and Johannesburg with the critically acclaimed musical, ‘Blood Brothers’, directed by David Kramer, interpreting the role of Mrs. Lyons. She performed in the world premiere of John Kani’s play ...Missing at the Baxter, directed by Janice Honeyman, which toured internationally for more than two years and which earned her nominations for 2015 Best Supporting Actress for both the Fleur du Cap and Naledi Theatre Awards.
In 2016, Buhle was a recipient of the prestigious Brett Goldin Bursary, with the opportunity to expand her knowledge and acting ability of Shakespeare at The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford, UK).
Buhle was a member of Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company and under the directorship of Rob Murray (FTHK!), performed several productions at the National Arts Festival, and across South Africa.
Also in 2016 Buhle was voted number 1 in The Superbalist’s 100 List and was named as one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans.
She was recently acknowledged with a Gauteng Youth Premiers award for excellence. Buhle also recently won two Kanna Theatre Awards (Best Uitkampeater production and best upcoming artist) for her first play, "The Swan Song".
As the founder of KaMatla NPO and author of The Girl Without A Sound, Buhle seeks to promote diversity in children’s literature and aid the development of the arts in underprivileged communities and to develop the legacy of storytelling amongst the youth.
Through her writing, acting, and inspiring work at KaMatla NPO, Buhle empowers black youth, and especially black young women, to find their own voices in a world where they are often disempowered and dismissed.
Sarah Koopman | Editor
I studied BSocSci PPE at UCT (2010) and BPhil Honours in Journalism at Stellenbosch (2012). I have worked in the South African media industry as a features writer and editor for the past 5 years, with a focus on women's magazines having worked at both ELLE and Marie Claire South Africa. In that time I have worked on special campaigns for Marie Claire that included focuses on breast cancer awareness, feeding schemes for children, anti-violence against women campaigns and various features about outreach projects around the country. I am currently a freelance writer, editor and production manager and would like to put my skills and experience to use in a range of different projects and initiatives.
Ryan Haynes | Designer
I grew up in Malawi and it was there that I discovered my appreciation for art and design. I worked for the NGO, Nchima Trust which focuses heavily on the education of young women and girls in Malawi. To that end, I started a community-based project called Bapepa where women from the surrounding areas learnt how to make paper using natural fibres from the area. This turned into a sustainable business model where these women would create their own stock, package it and sell it at a profit. I then went on to study fine art at Rhodes University and while I was there, worked as marketing brands manager of art and literature magazine Jiggered that has featured artists such as Umlilio (Mzansis kwaai diva). I am keen to keep exploring my passion for innovative art and design that speaks back to communities and looks to find practical solutions for tangible problems.
Tamlyn Van Heerden | Public Relations
I was born in East London in the Eastern Cape, which is where my interest in community-focused work began. I started my first NGO project in grade 9 at the Curt Warmberg Haven and Wellness Aids Centre and was also involved in community outreach programmes with the Interact Society at school. After my studies, I volunteered as the Marketing and Communications officer of the Peggy Nesta Foundation, whose core focuses are the youth, elderly and disabled. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management Science degree at IMM Graduate School of Marketing and working at Groupon where I manage the ticketing and live events accounts as well as the Charity Committee. Women's and children's education Rights which are all close to my heart.
Thozama Mputa | Illustrator
Art has always been my passion and I couldn’t imagine being separated from paper. I chose to study architecture after school as a challenge to what I understood form, structure and visual art to be. I am currently completing my masters in landscape architecture it at the University of Cape Town. I like to explore a variety of techniques in my drawings, and am fascinated by portraiture in particular. I also use photography as a reference point and enjoy experimenting with my 35mm film camera .Double exposure, and a twist of warped realities layered with images and paint are the dreamscapes I enjoy creating.
Neo Baepi | Photographer
I am a photographer first, everything else supplements my love for it. I am mostly moving through life by trial and error, but I think I’ve found my fit. I’ve had the privilege of being exposed to everything that interests me – politics to the arts to digital media. I studied a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Media Studies (Rhodes) , am a Senior Contributing Photographer - Vuvu On Style (2013 – present), In 2015, I was a Legislative and Social Media Aide - Texas Legislative Internship Program (2015). Currently, I am the social media manager at Woolworths Group (Africa).
Lisa Robertson | Designer
I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa to two very creative people. My mother was instrumental in nurturing a natural bent knack for observational drawing. After high school, I made the choice to study graphic design and did so at The Red & Yellow School. I graduated in 2009 with a Diploma in Graphic Design and Art Direction. I worked for Herdbouys eKapa for 2 years and have since explored different avenues of employment from waitressing and hostessing, to being a back up vocalist for singer Zaki Ibrahim, all the while travelling inbetween. I have been freelancing as a graphic designer for the past 3 years, working for a range of people/corporates. I’ve become proficient in layout through tackling a variety of posters (online and print), CD design, electronic interactive PDF’s, corporate branding and so on and so forth. I hope to use graphic design as my way of contributing towards art for societal change.
Featured in book
I studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University and graduated in 2015. During my time in Grahamstown I performed at the National Arts Festival from 2011- 2013 in works such as Moor which won a Standard a Bank Ovation award. In 2014 I directed my debut documentary entitled “Soweto Rising- The dialogue on street culture”. The documentary is described as a dialogue on street culture in Johannesburg that takes an insightful look at a community that has been a birthplace for political activism as well as socio economic change. The documentary went on to be featured at the Kiss the Concrete festival in Amsterdam. The film was also nominated in the Jozi Film Festival for best student production. I am an online video journalist at News24Live and am pursuing my passions tackling social inequality issues, gender politics as well as creating visual content to address the above.
I like my mom and dad and my brothers. I like myself and mermaids and my dog and to sing, watch movies and to listen to stories. I also like roses and flowers and to read books. When I grow up, I want to be an animal doctor. I also like parties.
KaMatla - NPO
KaMatla Productions is an NPO created to aid the development of the arts in underprivileged communities and to develop the legacy of storytelling amongst the youth. Kamatla seeks to realise its overall all vision by basing all activities and actions on its core values including preserving unnamed legacies, unearthing nameless stories, initiating contemporary narratives as well as producing a quality artistic product.
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