Lebogang Mashile


LEBOGANG MASHILE is a celebrated and award-winning writer, presenter, actress and activist. She is a South African household name who is recognised for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in over 28 countries. Mashile is a sought after social and political commentator, speaker, and master of ceremonies whose infectious enthusiasm is infused into every platform she has touched over the last 20 years. She graced South African television screens for 14 years as a presenter of shows such as L’atitude (SABC1), Drawing The Line (SABC2), and Great Expectations (Etv). She has authored two books. Her poetry collection In A Ribbon of Rhythm (2005) won the 2006 NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa. In 2008, Mashile published her second collection Flying Above the Sky. In 2017, Mashile released her second studio album titled, Moya, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Majola. Her first studio album, Lebo Mashile Live!, was produced in 2006.

She is currently working on her third collection of poems, due out later this year, with Blackbird Books. Mashile is also an actress who has appeared in the Academy Award nominated film Hotel Rwanda as well as several stage productions. Her theatre acting credits include the stage adaptations of K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams and Pamela Nomvete’s Ngiyadansa, as well as Threads, a fusion of poetry and contemporary dance. She is a commissioned writer who regularly creates work for a wide ranging list of clients including fellow artists, public institutions and corporates alike.   2019 saw her debut an original theatrical piece on the life of Saartjie Baartman, the Venus Hottentot, titled Venus vs. Modernity which was staged in Johannesburg at the Market Theatre and in Amsterdam, Holland. The production has been nominated for 5 Naledi Awards, South Africa’s premier theatre awards, for 2020. For the past three years, she has been a voice over artist for CNN’s Inside Africa. Mashile is a mother of two and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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