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Legendary South African dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma’s childhood was marked by a deep connection to the rhythms of his hometown, Soweto. From a young age, he showed a passion for dance and music, playing the big drum in the community marching band and starting his own group before winning a place in a dance company – against his father‘s wishes.


Maqoma’s upbringing in the 1980s, a politically charged era, nurtured his desire to use his art for good. He has always had a profound respect for his cultural heritage, a commitment to social justice and an unwavering belief in the power of the arts to transform, to heal and to rebuild. Gregory never allowed his challenges to define his experience. His journey from Soweto to the global stage reveals his courage, creativity and determined spirit.


Maqoma has written a dazzling memoir, which encourages everyone to embrace their passions, overcome obstacles and believe in the strength of their dreams. It is a testament to the great heights you can reach when you dance to the rhythm of your own soul!

My Life, My Dance, My Soul: The Story of Gregory Maqoma