MEDIA RELEASE: Ntsiki Speaks

Ntsiki Speaks

Ntsiki Mazwai

Poetry Play

Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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Ntsiki Speaks is a 1 woman poetry play reflecting on the experiences of being a young woman in South Africa. It is a collection of poetry that reflects some of the social politics in the country. It explores themes such as Identity, Gender Issues, Family Dynamics and Racism. It is an honest expression of the issues that face South Africa. Known for her no holds approach to speaking her mind, Ntsiki Mazwai weaves some of her favourite and best known poems with her provocative new work.


Ntsiki Speaks is the story of a young woman coming of age. We, South African women, are this young woman and a time has come to SPEAK.




A trailblazing force on the South African cultural landscape, Mazwai’s journey has been awe inspiring.

Mazwai is a talented and unique artist who tells multiple stories through various disciplines.

An avid contributor to social dialogue, Mazwai is known as being ‘the voice of the voiceless.’

Her artistic trajectory often creates a stir as she has a way of expressing herself honestly…sometimes brutally, while she raises social consciousness.


Her works include 2 spoken word/music albums, MAMIYA and NDINGUBANI; an autobiographical poetry anthology, Wena; a beadwork fashion range, The House of Mobu; her popular and provocative blog; Ntsiki also has a twitter account she uses to stir up national debates. She has also produced some theatre works, The Mama Said Sessions and Ntsiki Speaks.

Ntsiki has performed in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Amsterdam, Italy, Jamaica, Swaziland, Botswana, NYC and across South Africa.

SntsikiSpeakshe has recorded songs with Pops Mohamed, Madala Kunene, Khuli Chana, Thandiswa, Nomisupasta, Dj Euphonic, Dj Kent, Mahoota, Mandla Spikiri, Bantu Soul and many others.


Her works explores the themes of femininity, black consciousness, racism, family dynamics and spirituality. Her enviable stage presence makes her a popular favourite.

She has also won awards for her service to the community; as well as her for her works.


Ntsiki is currently doing her Masters Degree in Creative writing at Rhodes University, after being awarded The Andrew Mellon Scholarship.


Half woman, half goddess……Ntsiki Mazwai is a powerhouse.


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