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Freshlyground's lead singer Zolani Mahola was the queen of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival after she took home a Kanna Award.

The organisers cited that Mahola, who has collaborated with Karen Zoid, Nick Turner, Laurika Rauch and Dorothy Masuka at the KKNK: "is not just a proud export from our country, but is also an ambassador of our festival."Tiemslive reported that the awards ceremony will be held in Cape Town next month.

Other recipients of the awards this year include actresses Sandra Prinsloo and Shaleen Surtie-Richards, entertainer Nataniel, and Franklin Sonn, who has worked with the festival for years.

He told us we each have a talent and it is up to us to find what that talent is – and that is when I started writing.” In the ’70s, he was a keen sportsman, with a boxing career which saw him crowned national flyweight champion and later provincial bantamweight champion.However, as an active member of the Black Consciousness Movement, and the non-racial youth group Isihlobo, he also was harassed by the security police and periodically detained.The state forces cracked down on the youngsters whom they suspected of being subversive and, due to his friendship with human rights lawyer and theologian Barney Pityana, Mahola suffered a major blow when his first volume of poetry was confiscated.In the pre-laptop and Cloud storage days, he had left his sole copy in Pityana’s office for safekeeping.“They broke into Barney Pityana’s office and I lost the original manuscript and the will to write.” He picked up his pen again only many years later. ” Mahola said, describing the “joy I felt when I wrote my first poem again – and I made a vow that I would not ever stop again.” Since then he has had his poems published in 26 anthologies and translated into six languages.Last year, he says it was a thrill to receive a call from Johannesburg to ask about a poem included in the matric English syllabus in Gauteng schools.The caller wanted to hear more about the piece from the poet himself and a lively discussion ensued.He hopes that a wide circle will enjoy , giving as it does a glimpse into rural and township life in the ’60s to ’80s.“It’s a fictional biography of some of the experiences of my life and here and there I had to use fictional names for those I have demonised.“I have protected them by not revealing their true names but there are others who are named because I want to honour them for their contribution to my life.” Hence, the main character , Lizo, is the on-page counterpart of Mahola.The novel starts in his rural childhood in Lushington, near Seymour, and comes to a climax with a cliff-hanger in the Port Elizabeth harbour that is chilling in its realistic portrayal of apartheid-era South Africa.

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