It’s Me, Marah


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This is the autobiography of the daughter of a priest from Mzimhlophe Township who found her voice as a gifted childstar, became a celebrated theatre performer, award-winning solo artist, National Orchestra-backed diva, performer extraordinaire for kings and queens and political leaders. She defied all obstacles and is now a recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards for her craft. Marah Louw tells her story with the candour, humility and humour intrinsic to her character and with a passion that only hindsight and real experience can give.

Growing up, they nicknamed her ‘Madipere’ – a Sesotho expression that loosely translates to “wild horse” – something bucking, agitating, non-conformist, invigorated, determined, strong, feral and passionate. That defined her in many ways, and that energy would lead to a life of adventure, travel, entertainment, success on one hand and abuse, loss, struggle, scandal, heartbreak, even public
humiliation on the other. She has constantly pushed against the traditionalism of her community, sexism of her society, and racism of her country, but has always been buffered by the innate Madipere spirit to keep on moving on. With a career spanning over 40 years, Marah Louw is today counted among South Africa’s musical and entertainment industry royalty and has a powerful and memorable story to tell.