76pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019.
Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana tell their personal stories. 'Hayani' means 'home' in Tshivenda.
"Hayani is a workshopped piece built around Kani's and Ramabulana's autobiographical experiences of childhood, family and the transition to adulthood over years when South Africa was giving birth to democracy. It's a play about growth and change in two senses - the personal and the political. In South Africa, as we know, the two spheres are often inextricably linked, and so it is here, too." Rebecca Davis, Times Live
"Hayani is a poignant, humorous and touching look at what identity means in South Africa." City Press
Atandwa Kani was born in Port ELizabeth. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008 with an Honours degree in theatre performance. He won the Best Performance by a Breakthrough Artists in the 2012 Naledi Theatre Awards and the Kama Award for Best Actor at the 2017 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees (KKNK). He played the young Mandela in the film Mandela: long walk to freedom and received the 2018 award for Best Actor at the Houston Black Film Festival. He lives in New York and is completing his Master's Degree in Performance at NYU TISCH Grad Acting.
Nat Ramabulana was born in 1983. He has received the Richard Haines Prize, a 2010 SAFTA Award for Best Ensemble and a 2011 Naledi Award for Best Supporting Actor. Nat Ramabulana and Atandwa Kani are co-authors of the play ID Pending.