Meditation on Womanhood
Malika was featured in the October / November 2009 issue of Labour Bulletin
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"Born in Africa but...": Women's poetry of post-Apartheid South Africa in English.
Dissertation, LMU München: Faculty for Languages and Literatures
Isabelle Vogt (2009): http://edoc.ub.uni-muenchen.de/10368/
Link to the PDF itself:
In January 2008 Malika became co-curator of the Spier Poetry Exchange - a highly successful 5-day international poetry festival produced by the Africa Centre, an NPO dedicated to supporting and celebrating the rich history and contemporary practice of African arts and culture. This expanded poetry project now renamed Badilisha! - Poetry X-Change launched its annual calendar of events on Heritage Day 24 September 2008 and in May 2009 culminated in a 3 day international poetry Festival held in central Cape Town. See www.africacentre.net/badilisha and http://blip.tv/file/2342026
MALIKA NDLOVU AND PETER VAN HEERDEN 16 April 18H30 SABC 1 DIRECTED BY LLEWELYN RODERICK
Malika Ndlovu, feminist spoken word poet and musician, is rarely ever stumped for words. This is until she first views controversial performance artist Peter van Heerden’s hard-hitting piece about abuse against women and children. Peter on the other hand, is a man of few words. His message is articulated in ways that make you squirm but keep you rooted, and paying attention. With both artists sceptical about the others’ genre – it is amazing to witness a collaboration come together with political and creative depth as they poignantly take on the issue of burying South Africa’s colonial past.
Commissioned performance of Womantide in collaboration with well-known singer-songwriters Tina Schouw and Ernestine Deane showcasing our original poetry, songs and music, at Pan African Parliament & Parliament Millenium Projects 2008 Women and the Quest for Human Security conference, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Johannesburg.
Curated re-launch of Spier Poetry Exchange as Badilisha! –An African Poetry X-change with heritage day poetic tour entitled Belongings: A Poetic X-ploration of heritage, for the Africa Centre, Cape Town.
Commissioned Poet for Brandhouse Anything Is Possible Supplier Conference, Sibaya Resort, KwaZulu Natal.
Commissioned Poet for South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Dance of Learning sculpture and NQF launch, Pretoria.
Guest Poet and performance poetry workshop facilitator for the Dept of Education’s 5th National Schools’ Language Festival 2008 showcase, held in Pretoria.
Performed & Facilitated youth creative writing workshops as a participant of the Amherst-based Institute for Training & Development’s three-week artists’ exchange between 11 South African multi-disciplinary artists and several Massachusettes – based artists and arts organisations, dedicated to youth education and uplifment through the arts.
Curated the Spier Poetry Exchange 2008 – a highly successful 5-day international poetry festival produced by the Africa Centre, an NPO dedicated to supporting and celebrating the rich history and contemporary practice of African arts and culture.
Restaged and performed in highly successful production Womantide in collaboration with well-known singer-songwriters Tina Schouw and Ernestine Deane showcasing their original poetry, songs and music, as part of the 2007 Cape Town Festival.
For Human Rights Day 21st March 2007, Malika conceived and facilitated Wordwise: A Celebration of World Poetry Day - inspired by this 1999 UNESCO global initiative and hosted at Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in collaboration with the Cape Town City Council.
Contributing writer for New Day: Celebrating 10 years of Democracy hosted by the Minister of Minerals & Energy and of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, at the ArtsCape Theatre Complex
Guest Poet at the Launch of the Department of Educations, S A History Project book series, held at The Centre for the Book
Guest poet at the first of a series of motivational workshops by Sunny Stout Rostron, internationally recognised performance consultant and professional career coach, held at The Castle and hosted by The WHEAT (Women’s Hope Education and Training Trust, a fund started by women in 1998 to help women leaders develop their communities.
Guest poet featured with the legendry Miriam Makeba at the launch of Lisel Erasmus-Kritzinger’s book Inspirational Women at Work
Commissioned poet for opening of the SA Occupational Therapists Congress’ International Workshop on Occupational Deprivation, CT
Guest poet , with guest speaker Ms. Naledi Pandor, Minister of Education, at the Launch of the Gender Equity in Education conference, held by British Council and the Human Sciences Research Council, Gordon’s Bay
Scriptwriter for The Mothertongue Project’s UHAMBO! a multi-media theatre production as part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2004
Initiated the Cape Town-based And the Word was Woman Ensemble bringing together established wordsmith-sisters and newcomers to the writing and performance poetry scene with their inaugural performance at the first V&A Waterfront Celebrate Women Book Festival in July 2004.
Wrote and performed commissioned title poem Inheriting the Flame for the launch of AMAC (Community Arts Project and MediaWorks) 10years of democracy publication, documenting the contribution of independent arts and culture projects
Wrote and performed two commissioned pieces for the annual Vuka! Awards ceremony, in collaboration with Cape Town musician-vocalist Tina Schouw and soundscape artist Garth Erasmus, a national event recognising excellence in the SA commercials industry.
Co-ordinated and performed with And the Word was Woman Ensemble, at the launch of the Women Writing Africa conference at University of the Western Cape, hosted by the Nordic Institute & Dr, Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon.
Commissioned poet /storyteller for the Santam Road Show 2005 held in Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town.
Co-ordinated and performed with And the Word was Woman Ensemble, at the Cape Town Festival’s “Local Goes Vocal” event held at the Distrix Café
Guest Poet for the Dept of Education’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Charter and Launch of their National School’s Art Exhibition, held in Pretoria.
Guest Poet and performance poetry workshop facilitator for the Dept of Education’s June 16th Youth Day Celebration and National Schools’ Language Festival showcase, held in Pretoria.
Co-ordinated and directed performance by And the Word was Woman Ensemble, for Voice of the Girl Child project launch, Cape WOW (Women of the World) Festival 2005, National Women’s Day celebration at the Baxter Theatre.
Directed and produced the And the Word was Woman Ensemble’s first full-scale poetry production entitled Tongues of Fire incorporating acclaimed SA visual artist Berni Searle’s video projection Vapour (produced 2004) , launched at the Nedbank Clocktower Auditorium on the Cape Town Waterfront, as the finale to the 2005 Mother City Book Festival.
Wrote commissioned poem * Girl Child for the Art for Humanity’s Women for Children Project, launched in 2005, a South African poet and visual artists collaborative project centred around children’s rights.
Featured poet at Poetry Africa 2005 International Festival, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Univ. Kwa Zulu Natal-Durban
Launched selection of unpublished tribute poems from current collection Lets’s Not Wait To Praise You When You’re Dead: A collection of South African Tributes
Script Reader and Judge for the NLDTF/PANSA Festivals of Contemporary Theatre Readings 2005
Judge for the NLDTF/PANSA Festivals of Contemporary Theatre Readings 2005
Judge for the Newcomer Entries of 2005 for 7th Annual MultiChoice VUKA! Awards.
Guest speaker at Isandla Institutes 2006 public dialogue The Unspoken Factor: Race and Racism, with WC Premier Ebrahim Rasool & Rootz magazine editor Vukile Pokwana, Centre for the Book
Performed at the 2006 Cape Town Festival’s Launch event held at the Artscape Theatre complex
Wrote and recorded performance Slave Dream commissioned poem with accompanying soundscape by Garth Erasmus for the new permanent exhibition: The Memory Centre at Iziko Museum’s Slave Lodge in Cape Town, launched by Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool in 2006.
Wrote and performed commissioned poem Face The People for the Western Cape Government Health Dept’s Social Capital Project via Face The People multi–media exhibition launching its tour at the Guga S’thebe Arts Centre in Langa, Cape Town -produced by Gabrielle Le Roux and Kali van der Merwe
Performed at 2006 WHEAT Trust Initiative 1000 Women United Against Domestic Violence And Poverty with special guest Joan Armatrading, Cape Town International Convention Centre
Performed at Western Cape Premier’s Africa Day Concert, Cape Town International Convention Centre
Co-wrote, produced and performed Womantide, an original poetry and music show with legendary songwriter/ musician Tina Schouw and Moodphase 5ive Vocalist Ernestine Deane, launched at the Labia Theatre, Cape Town and restaged at the Baxter Theatre under the direction of Sara Matchett of Mothertongue
Performed at the 2006 Julius Nyerere Lecture on Lifelong Learning at University of Western Cape, with honorable guest speaker Ms. of South Africa
Performed extracts of Words Pave the Way, an autobiographical journey through her poetry at the Darling Festival Trusts 2006 Voorkamer Festival.
Guest Poet at 100 yr Celebration of Mahatma Ghandi Satyagraha Movement, Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town
Performed Decade of Dreams Commissioned poem for InterActive Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Workshop Launch, Cape Town Convention Centre, October 2006 attended by President Thabo Mbeki and deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Wrote TV programme reviews for several issues of SABC’s TV Talk magazine
Featured Poet at VIP Launch of WOW (Women of the World) Festival
Wrote and performed Womb to World series of radio inserts for SAFM’s Woman Today programme
Self-published and Launched Womb to World: A labour of love poetry book and CD with soundscapes by Garth Erasmus, illustrations by Stacey Stent
Everywoman radio feature /interview for BBC World Service
SABC Morning Live featured in insert re: Womb to World: A labour of love
Featured performance poet in e-Arts insert for e-TV
Published in City of Words poetry anthology by David Phillips
SPIER/PANSA New Writing Festival Judge
Scripted and Directed RISK martial arts and dance production choreographed by husband Sensei Thulani Ndlovu, launched at ArtsCape, Cape Town Festival 2002
Co-Edited WEAVE’s multi-genre anthology Ink @ BP 2: a 21st century selection of Black Women’s writing from the Tip of Africa
Performed in Maps of Memory, Launch of Ink @ BP 2, SA Museum Whale Well, Cape Town Fest 2002
Guest poet at WoordFees & Woordrock performance for Univ. Stellenbosch
Published in New Century of SA Writing, Univ.Natal-Durban edited by Mike Chapman, AD Donker Publishers
Guest poet featured with stalwart CT poet and activist James Matthews at Launch of Chimurenga Arts & Politics quarterly, Pan African Market, CT
Featured in Fairlady magazine article ‘Betwixt and Between’
Featured in BIG Issue magazine article on Womb to World poetry book and CD
Hosted SA meets Nigeria literary conversations with Prof Remi Raji and Dr.Harry Garuba at District Six Museum, Cape Town
Poetry used by Wits Univ. E-nuf student production presented at Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2002
Performed in 1st SA National V-DAY celebrity event hosted by Vagina Monologues Playwright Eve Enslen, Caesar’s Casino, Johannesburg
Published in Agenda’s (Women’s Empowerment Project) 50th Anniversary Issue
Guest poet for opening of Urban Voices international spoken word festival featuring Sarah Jones and Mutaburuka, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Conducted local and international interviews with Muslim women for development of ongoing multi-media Nisaa Project, co-editing and publishing of Voices of Nisaa, launched at WOW (Women of the World) Festival 2000
Guest poet at WHEAT (Women’s Hope and Education Trust) Annual Awards Dinner, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Poem Women Weaving published in BIG ISSUE magazine
Guest poet at launch of Dialogue: creating encounters through the arts, MC’d by Pieter Dirk-Uys and hosted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Centre for the Book, Cape Town
Guest poet at SABTACO Annual Awards Dinner, CT Civic Centre
Guest poet featured with Sarah Bartman activist Diana Ferris and stalwart CT poet James Matthews at first poetry reading at Oasis Africa
Guest poet with Antjie Krog and Andre Brink at launch of international symposium History, Memory & the Future hosted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
Guest poet for national launch events of Dept. of Education’s South African History and Project, Johannesburg,!Kai Gariep, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town
Commissioned poet for the SARS International Tax Administrators Conference entitled The Bowl of Knowledge, held in Stellenbosch
Commissioned poet for the To Sisters With Love gala concert as part of the annual Women of the World Festival (Cape WOW) 2003
Produced and performed Words Pave the Way, a 50-minute solo of original poetry at the Artscape Theare Complex, as part of the annual Cape Women of the World Festival (WOW) 2003,
Guest poet at the Dept Education’s (WC) Launch of the Learning Cape Festival 2003 at the SA National Gallery, Cape Town
Performed Commissioned poem Imprints for Amnesty International (KZN, SA) Launch of Human Rights Portfolio, Durban Art Gallery (1996)
Wrote and directed commissioned play A Coloured Place for 1st SA Women’s Arts Festival, Natal Playhouse (1996)
Performed in poetry collage Red Rituals for Robben Island Museum (1997)
Co-edited Engaging the Shadows catalogue of Artists-in-Residence, Robben Island Museum (1997)
Featured poet with Wally Serote, LKJ at Opening of Poetry Africa International Festival, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Univ. Natal-Durban (1998)
Launched Initiation: a cycle of rebirth through poetry at Poetry Africa Fest (1998)
Ilham published in Deep Reflections anthology by Poetry Institute of Africa (1998)
A Coloured Place script published in Black SA Women: an anthology of plays by Univ. of Cape Town Press & Routlege–UK (1998)
Published in New Letters-Volume 65 entitled: Writing from the New South Africa by University Missouri-Kansa City (1998),
Guest poet at the launch of English Alive '99. Annual SACCEE / UCT national youth poetry anthology (1999)
Published poems in launch issue of Mamba mixed-media magazine (1999)
Performed Stage Dive poetry improvisations with improvisor & instrument maker Garth Erasmus for Sprung III, hosted by Jazzart at ArtsCape Arena, CT (1999)
Bottled Up text from video piece published in Staking Claims: Confronting Cape Town catalogue, Cape Town One City Festival (1999)
Performed commissioned poem Lydia in the Wind at offsite event of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions (1999)
Featured SA poet with UK poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Pan African Market, CT
Performed in and directed WEAVE writers collective in Ink @ Boiling Point, WOW (Women of the World) Festival 2000
Lydia in the Wind published in Slaves at the Cape: A guidebook for beginner researchers, by The Slavery and Heritage Project, Univ. of Cape Town (2000)
Wrote & performed Two Halves of the Whole commissioned radio performance piece for BBC World Service, recorded on location in Amsterdam (2000)
Created poetic text and visual installation Date of Birth Unknown, DASARTS, Amsterdam (2000)
Guest poet at the Between the Lines literary festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2000)
Launched first solo anthology Born in Africa But published by Educall (2000)
Commissioned to script and host the Vodacom Poetry Bus Tour, Cape Town One City Festival (2000)
Presented This-location: a body conversation combining film, improvised music and poetry with Garth Erasmus, Cape Town One City Festival (2000)
Participated in Writer’s Floor ceramic poetry workshop for District Six Museum and published in exhibition catalogue Words in the House of Sound (2000)
Guest poet at launch of Greatmore Arts Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town (2000)