The Girl Without A Sound by Buhle Ngaba
18 Jan 2017
The Girl Without A Sound was born out of defiance and as a response to the fairytales we were told as little girls. Stories about white princesses with blue eyes, flowing locks of hair and an overwhelming awareness of their beauty.
More than that, I want it to be a healing balm for all who read it.. For the black female bodies that are dismissed or violated in a white, patriarchal and racist reality.
As an act of restoring power and agency to young black girls in South Africa, I wrote a story about a voiceless girl of colour in search of a sound of her own. For it to be the catalyst that reminds them of the power of the sounds trapped inside them.
About the author
I studied Acting and Contemporary performance at Rhodes University. I also studied Processes of Performance at the University of Leeds (UK).While I was there, I assisted in directing, creating and facilitating work for WAST (women seeking asylum in the UK) in creating ‘City of Sanctuary’ (theatrical entry in refugee conference). After work across South Africa with different theatre companies and productions, I have launched an NPO, KaMatla that is focused on education and early childhood development. My work with the NPO and the projects close to my heart are all grounded in wanting to make a difference to the lives of young black women in South Africa.
Date of Publication: 2016