#longstorySHORT Heads to Lesotho

#longstorySHORT  is an innovative initiative raising the profile of African literature on social networks and in the public imagination. For the first time the collective is hosting a reading outside of South Africa as part of the Ba re e ne e re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho this Saturday, Dec 5.

Actress Hlubi Mboya will read from famed South African writer Zakes Mda’s novel, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe.



#longstorySHORT. was launched in March of this year and produced by content agency Kajeno Media. The project manifests through live readings and recordings by high-profile celebrity performers in underutilized spaces like public libraries, book cafes and cultural hubs.

“This is a milestone for #longstorySHORT, our humble foray into digital literature! It’s been an invaluable experience to see how thrilled audiences have been to discover writers such as Doreen Baingana, Chibundu Onuzo, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana – to name a few,” says #longstorySHORT’s executive producer, Kgauhelo Dube. “We are inspired by our continued relationship with Hlubi Mboya – an avid reader and education activist, the fact that she’ll be reading from Bra Zakes’ “The Sculptors of Mapungubwe” is a treat, an honour and a notable creative collaboration.”


The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival (founded by the late Liepollo Rantekoa in 2011) is Lesotho’s premier annual literary arts event, bringing writers, readers and artists together. The third edition of the festival will be held in Maseru featuring panel discussions, writing workshops, a keynote lecture, creative performances and arts activities for children. It’ll run from the 5th to the 6th of December this year.

“Ba re e ne e re Literature Festival is our flagship project. We have a host of other literacy projects that speak to #longstorySHORT’s objectives – curating and stimulating young people’s literary scope is something we and the Kajeno team are boldly passionate about. This is the beginnings of more cross-border exchange in the sector, I believe,” says Ba re e ne e re Festival Director, Lineo Segoete.

Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda – widely known as Zakes Mda; is an award-winning writer, dramatist and academic. Mda’s The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a lyrical novel set in the mythical Southern African kingdom of Mapungubwe. This take of a spirited rivalry between two gifted sons of the royal sculptor is an important work based on archaeological evidence and Africa’s oral tradition.

See past #longstorySHORT readings  (#longstorySHORT on YouTube ) or check out the  Ba re e ne e re website here. Watch the sixth installation of #longstorySHORT featuring Lindiwe Matshikiza reading Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish. The reading took place at Afro-Zwanaka Book Cafe in Soshanguve Northwest of the Tshwane city centre.

AFRIPOP is proud to be a media partner for this exciting program.




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