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SiSTA ZAI ZANDA

Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and radio producer.  She has facilitated poetry and storytelling workshops in A­ustralia, Zimbabwe and Denmark. 

In 2011, she founded Stillwaters Storytelling Collective, a platform for diverse women’s voices led by Black African women. Stillwaters has performed at the Emerging Writers Festival, the Big West Festival, La Mama Theatre and the Light In Winter Festival. 

Currently, Zai hosts and curates the Pan Afrikan Poets Café, the home of new, cutting edge and classic Afrikan literature.  This is a pop up literary event for stories by and about Afrikan and First Nations’ storytellers. Since 2015, Zai has spoiled audiences in Melbourne and Sydney with over 100 performances by Afrikan, First Nations and Pasifika artists.

Recently, she co-produced a Pan Afrikan Poets Café event, #BlackGirlMagic at the Arts Centre Melbourne, selling out in less than 5 days and attracting a highly diverse audience.

One of Zai’s career highlights is curating and programming the Youth Arts Zone for one of Africa’s top ten international arts festivals, HIFA (the Harare International Festival Of The Arts). 

Zai’s latest publication, God Is A Black Womban, is a Black Feminist text that is rooted in a long tradition of Afrikan Women’s naked protest.

You can hear Zai on 3CR Community Radio, where she programs a women’s, Indigenous and African music show called Hip Sista Hop and a national women’s program called Accent of Women.