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Zolani Mahola
Creative Expression

Zolani Mahola shares her recipe on how to master creative expression.

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Zolani Mahola is a South African storyteller. She is a singer, actress and inspirational speaker. Mahola co-founded pan-African multi-cultural supergroup Freshlyground, one of Africa’s most acclaimed and successful bands. The band has to date opened stages for and collaborated with such artists as Stevie Wonder, BB King, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Robbie Williams, Oliver Mtukudzi and Vusi Mahlasela. Together with international superstar Shakira, Freshlyground recorded the official song for the FIFA World Cup Waka Waka in 2010. Mahola staged a sold-out autobiographical play called The One Who Sings at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in November 2019 to widespread appeal. Her performance earned her the coveted Fleur Du Cap Award for best actress in 2020. In collaboration with the biggest stars in South African music, Zolani released #BecauseWeAre in July 2020.


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In a world that is increasingly noisy, creativity is a prized asset. But how do we harness it? In this recipe, Zolani Mahola, the co-founder of one of the most successful bands in South African history, shares her views on expressing creativity, building a creative brand, reaching an audience and balancing the business and emotional intelligence. 

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Zolani Mahola, best known as the lead singer of the super group Freshlyground, is also a public speaker and an active change agent in society. In this recipe you will learn that creativity and heritage are inherently linked in African culture. Zolani Mahola is a creative spirit who is inspired by her heritage. Her music is now part of our heritage - she’s exactly the person we need to hear from today. 


Learn from someone who speaks from a position of real authority, perspective and experience.


Implement practical tips and techniques learned in the trenches - doing, rather than talking.


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