Zakes Mda is the author of Cion, the book that inspired Gregory Maqoma
ZAKES MDA, AUTHOR OF CION, ABOUT GREGORY MAQOMA
"I fell in love with Maqoma's work when he was still a student and he composed and choreographed an elaborate piece inspired by the some harrowing historical events. After the show I told Adrienne Sichel, a foremost dance critic of the day, that this young man will take South African dance to new international heights. He has since proved me right. I have followed and been highly inspired by his work which has also bedazzled the world. My family and I have driven for a day and a night across the states of America just to watch a piece like Exit/Exist, the most awe-inspiration performance I've seen in my life. In turn, that piece has inspired a lot of my painting. I'm therefore greatly honoured that today he has found inspiration from my novels and the characters that I've created to come up with this magical and soaring piece."