Mdali Group – Xolisa Ngubelanga

The Mdali Group will be performing at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016.

Mdali groupPoet, Playwright, Actor and Director Ngubelanga is the founder of the Mdali group.

Xolisa was born in Port Elizabeth and is responsible for productions such as Plasma, Dinner with Bantu and more and currently facilitates drama and creative art at Emafini Primary School in KwaDwesi, Port Elizabeth.

The Mdali Comprehensive and Critical Thinking Program was founded by Ngubelanga in 2014. This program encourages students to become more critical of their environment and activities around them and to be active citizens. The initiative is facilitated through promoting writing as a catalyst for change while assisting students in the comprehension of their language studies and is based at Cowan High School, New Brighton.

Listen to Xolisa’s interview on Algoa FM on 22 June 2016 at 09h00

Mdali – a Xhosa word for ‘Creator’ – is a schools’ based initiative to revive critical cultural activities among the youth.

Based in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth the youth treated as audiences to various art forms in the city’s gallery and theatre spaces. They are then tasked to compose literally essays of their experience as creative writers.

The result is a mobilized youth group inspired and informed by an artistic experience able and eager to create an artistic experience for their broader community while working to publish an arts booklet that will serve to document and share the experience.

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