13 episodes

Step into the wonderful world of African storytelling with the globally renowned Gcina Mhlophe. In "African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe", Gcina shares many of the tales you grew up with, plus new stories so we can keep the magic of African storytelling alive for new generations. Listen in English or isiZulu and let's keep the magic alive!

This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio.

In 2023, African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe was named the Best Fiction Podcast in the inaugural edition of the African Podcast and Voice (APVA) awards.

It was also a finalist in the 2023 DSTv Content Creator Awards for Podcast of the Year. At that awards ceremony, the series received an honourable mention for excellence in podcasting from Spotify.

More about Dr Gcina Mhlophe:

Dr Gcina Mhlophe is a renowned author, storyteller and founding director of Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust. Her works have been translated into multiple languages, including Braille, and her theatre plays have been directed in the USA, UK, and Greenland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from seven universities globally and has received numerous accolades, such as the SAMA, OBBIE, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, as well as the SAFTA Lifetime Achievement award. Her birthday on 24th October is recognised as National Storytelling Day in South Africa since 2019, inaugurated at her adopted performance space, The Storytelling Tree, in Durban (RSA).

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African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe East Coast Radio Podcasts

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Step into the wonderful world of African storytelling with the globally renowned Gcina Mhlophe. In "African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe", Gcina shares many of the tales you grew up with, plus new stories so we can keep the magic of African storytelling alive for new generations. Listen in English or isiZulu and let's keep the magic alive!

This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio.

In 2023, African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe was named the Best Fiction Podcast in the inaugural edition of the African Podcast and Voice (APVA) awards.

It was also a finalist in the 2023 DSTv Content Creator Awards for Podcast of the Year. At that awards ceremony, the series received an honourable mention for excellence in podcasting from Spotify.

More about Dr Gcina Mhlophe:

Dr Gcina Mhlophe is a renowned author, storyteller and founding director of Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust. Her works have been translated into multiple languages, including Braille, and her theatre plays have been directed in the USA, UK, and Greenland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from seven universities globally and has received numerous accolades, such as the SAMA, OBBIE, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, as well as the SAFTA Lifetime Achievement award. Her birthday on 24th October is recognised as National Storytelling Day in South Africa since 2019, inaugurated at her adopted performance space, The Storytelling Tree, in Durban (RSA).

• Follow the show or listen via the ECR website under Podcasts, Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts!
Please support the podcast:
• Leave a 5* rating and review on Spotify or Apple Podcasts
• Follow ECR's social media channels for new episode alerts

    Nozincwadi, uMama Wezincwadi (Episode 6 in isiZulu)

    Nozincwadi, uMama Wezincwadi (Episode 6 in isiZulu)

    The sixth episode of ‘African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe’ is a very special story. It’s written by Dr Gcina Mhlophe herself to honour her great-grandmother, Nozincwadi, who – while unable to read or write – loved the magic of words.

    "I have loved stories and books from a very young age. My childhood was filled with amazing characters, songs, and magical places. I remember the joy and wonder that filled my heart when I heard a good story. Those family times still linger inside me; they give me the courage to keep on sharing old folk tales and newly created stories with my audiences,” says Dr Gcina Mhlophe.

    “So, I humbly ask them to go back in time and rekindle the spirit of my great-grandmother Nozincwadi, who couldn't read or write. But she collected anything with words on it, believing that someday she would be able to read. I'm told that she often said, 'There is magic in these words; one day they will speak to me.'

    “Sadly, she died without ever reading a single one of those books. As a storyteller, I developed a strong desire to share the story of her life but took it further. In my retelling, I took Nozincwadi to an Adult Learning Centre where she finally learned to read and write.

    “What a triumph!

    “Since 2001, while telling this story, I have felt like a medium tasked with the responsibility to go out there and plant the seeds of curiosity and hunger. Yes, hunger to learn, learn, and never stop learning. This story has been told to so many audiences, published in a book, and recorded on CD as the aptly named NOZINCWADI Mother of Books Literacy Campaign. Through this roadshow, we have traveled to all nine provinces of our beautiful country and donated thousands of books in my great-grandmother's name, Nozincwadi!

    “Now, on this amazing platform of East Coast Radio, we are able to reach even more story lovers – young and old. Hoping to fill their hearts with wonder.”

    *** This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio. ***
    Production Engineer: Lango Cele

    • 10 min
    Nozincwadi: Mother of Books (Episode 6 in English)

    Nozincwadi: Mother of Books (Episode 6 in English)

    The sixth episode of ‘African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe’ is a very special story. It’s written by Dr Gcina Mhlophe herself to honour her great-grandmother, Nozincwadi, who – while unable to read or write – loved the magic of words.

    "I have loved stories and books from a very young age. My childhood was filled with amazing characters, songs, and magical places. I remember the joy and wonder that filled my heart when I heard a good story. Those family times still linger inside me; they give me the courage to keep on sharing old folk tales and newly created stories with my audiences,” says Dr Gcina Mhlophe.

    “So, I humbly ask them to go back in time and rekindle the spirit of my great-grandmother Nozincwadi, who couldn't read or write. But she collected anything with words on it, believing that someday she would be able to read. I'm told that she often said, 'There is magic in these words; one day they will speak to me.'

    “Sadly, she died without ever reading a single one of those books. As a storyteller, I developed a strong desire to share the story of her life but took it further. In my retelling, I took Nozincwadi to an Adult Learning Centre where she finally learned to read and write.

    “What a triumph!

    “Since 2001, while telling this story, I have felt like a medium tasked with the responsibility to go out there and plant the seeds of curiosity and hunger. Yes, hunger to learn, learn, and never stop learning. This story has been told to so many audiences, published in a book, and recorded on CD as the aptly named NOZINCWADI Mother of Books Literacy Campaign. Through this roadshow, we have traveled to all nine provinces of our beautiful country and donated thousands of books in my great-grandmother's name, Nozincwadi!

    “Now, on this amazing platform of East Coast Radio, we are able to reach even more story lovers – young and old. Hoping to fill their hearts with wonder.”

    *** This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio. ***
    Production Engineer: Lango Cele

    • 12 min
    How Tortoise Won Respect (Episode 5 in English)

    How Tortoise Won Respect (Episode 5 in English)

    In a world that often values talkativeness and showy displays of knowledge, this timeless story of the tortoise who won respect serves as a powerful reminder of the untapped potential of those who may be overlooked or underestimated.

    “One thing I appreciate about the story of ‘How the Tortoise Won Respect’ is its message about how we often underestimate others who don't speak much, or who may not seem particularly knowledgeable or clever. However, when faced with difficult challenges and when others have run out of ideas, it's often these seemingly overlooked individuals who can offer valuable insight and solutions that were right in front of us all along,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    “I love how the tortoise in the story ultimately earned respect and saved everyone by tapping into her strengths and resourcefulness. It serves as a reminder to not judge others based on surface-level traits and to always remain open to hearing different perspectives and ideas, no matter who they come from.”

    *** This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio. ***

    (Production Engineer: Lango Cele. Executive Producer: Diane Macpherson)

    • 11 min
    Ingabe ufudu lwazuza kanjani inhlonipho (Episode 5 in isiZulu)

    Ingabe ufudu lwazuza kanjani inhlonipho (Episode 5 in isiZulu)

    In a world that often values talkativeness and showy displays of knowledge, this timeless story of the tortoise who won respect serves as a powerful reminder of the untapped potential of those who may be overlooked or underestimated.

    “One thing I appreciate about the story of ‘How the Tortoise Won Respect’ is its message about how we often underestimate others who don't speak much, or who may not seem particularly knowledgeable or clever. However, when faced with difficult challenges and when others have run out of ideas, it's often these seemingly overlooked individuals who can offer valuable insight and solutions that were right in front of us all along,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    “I love how the tortoise in the story ultimately earned respect and saved everyone by tapping into her strengths and resourcefulness. It serves as a reminder to not judge others based on surface-level traits and to always remain open to hearing different perspectives and ideas, no matter who they come from.”

    *** This podcast series is a proud collaboration between Gcina Mhlophe and East Coast Radio. ***

    Production Engineer: Lango Cele(Production Engineer: Lango Cele. Executive Producer: Diane Macpherson)

    • 10 min
    Lungile, the Most Beautiful Girl (Episode 4 in English)

    Lungile, the Most Beautiful Girl (Episode 4 in English)

    Unlock the magic of ‘Lungile, The Most Beautiful Girl’: an inspiring story of patience and self-discovery by Gcina Mhlophe. It’s the much-anticipated fourth episode of ‘African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe’, available in English and isiZulu.

    “This is a story I have loved for many years. For me, it has been a joy to tell to both young and adult audiences alike, experiencing a magical connection each time. It is about having a sense of being different from others, learning to accept it, and following one’s own path,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    “Patience and self-discovery are part of what makes Lungile so unique, not just her beauty that everyone talks about, but also her strength of character. Her spiritual connection with birds is often ridiculed by her peers, but despite this, she lets her dreams fly high.

    “When she chooses to join the old women in the big round hut to learn their skills, poems, and songs, it makes Lungile more special than anyone ever imagined. Then comes the designing of her wedding dress, an exquisite labour of love by the old women.

    “That is what propels me to tell this story again and again. I feel like I am one of those elders contributing to the sewing of South Africa's wedding dress. Bringing together our unique talents, skills, and experiences, we become true nation builders,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    (Production Engineer: Lango Cele. Executive Producer: Diane Macpherson)

    • 10 min
    ULungile, intombi enhle kunazo zonke (Episode 4 in isiZulu)

    ULungile, intombi enhle kunazo zonke (Episode 4 in isiZulu)

    Unlock the magic of ‘Lungile, The Most Beautiful Girl’: an inspiring story of patience and self-discovery by Gcina Mhlophe. It’s the much-anticipated fourth episode of ‘African Story Magic with Gcina Mhlophe’, available in English and isiZulu.

    “This is a story I have loved for many years. For me, it has been a joy to tell to both young and adult audiences alike, experiencing a magical connection each time. It is about having a sense of being different from others, learning to accept it, and following one’s own path,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    “Patience and self-discovery are part of what makes Lungile so unique, not just her beauty that everyone talks about, but also her strength of character. Her spiritual connection with birds is often ridiculed by her peers, but despite this, she lets her dreams fly high.

    “When she chooses to join the old women in the big round hut to learn their skills, poems, and songs, it makes Lungile more special than anyone ever imagined. Then comes the designing of her wedding dress, an exquisite labour of love by the old women.

    “That is what propels me to tell this story again and again. I feel like I am one of those elders contributing to the sewing of South Africa's wedding dress. Bringing together our unique talents, skills, and experiences, we become true nation builders,” says Dr Mhlophe.

    (Production Engineer: Lango Cele. Executive Producer: Diane Macpherson)

    • 14 min

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