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Ahdri Zhina Mandiela

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Ahdri Zhina Mandiela
Born (1953-05-10) May 10, 1953 (age 71)
Occupation(s)Theatre director, producer
ChildrenJajube Mandiela

Ahdri Zhina Mandiela (born May 10, 1953) is a Toronto-based dub poet, theatre producer, and artistic director.[1] She has gained worldwide acclaim for her books, music recordings, film, theatre and dance productions.[2][3] Mandiela is the founder and artistic director of "b current",[4] a not-for-profit performance arts company in Toronto.

In 2006 she was selected to write and direct a project for Winnie Mandela as part of the 50th anniversary of the South African Women's Liberation Movement.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Mandiela's daughter is actress and director Jajube Mandiela.[6]


Books and music[edit]

  • Speshal Rikwes [Poems in Dialect] (p. 1985)[7]
  • Dark Diaspora... in Dub (p. 1991) [8]
  • step into my head (1995)[9]



  • on/black/stage/women a documentary covering 30 years of contributions made by Black women to Toronto's theatre scene.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ ahdri zhina mandiela Answers.com
  2. ^ mandiela Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine griots.net
  3. ^ ahdri zhina mandiela Archived 2010-08-08 at the Wayback Machine Poet Bureau
  4. ^ b current Archived April 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ ahdri zhina mandiela and Ms. Winnie Madikizela - Mandela Archived July 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Britgirlproductions.com
  6. ^ "Jamaica T.O.: Jajube Mandiela, actor and director, starred in Degrassi: The Next Generation". Toronto Star. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  7. ^ Speshal Rikwes[permanent dead link] Biblio.com
  8. ^ Dark Diaspora... in Dub OpenLibrary.org
  9. ^ ahdri zhina mandiela CD Baby
  10. ^ A Midsummer Night’s Dream Archived January 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ The Dora Awards Torontoist
  12. ^ Canada Council names 2007 winners of mid-career award[dead link] CBCNews

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