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Napo Masheane was born in Soweto, grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State) and holds a Marketing Management, Speech & Drama and Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. She is a playwright, director, poet and acclaimed performer on both international and national stages. A founding member of Feela Sistah! Spoken Word Collective and with its demise, went on to become one of South Africa’s leading black female theatre makers, after her provocative and humorous one-woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal With It and The Fat Black Women Sing. She is the winner of Mbokodo Award, Pan African Language Award, and South African Film & Television Award, while she has three poetry collections, Caves Speak in Metaphors (2009), Fat Songs For My Girlfriends (2012), and Heartbeat Of The Rain (2019). Napo became the first black women to produce, write and direct a play, A New Song, at the Market Theatre mainstage (John Kani Theatre).