Mamela Nyamza works as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She was trained in classical dance in Cape Town and Pretoria (South Africa). Afterwards she received a grant for the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York. Nyamza has danced for a variety of companies and in musicals, and has been invited to international festivals. Since 2006 she has been developing her own choreographies, in which she consistently examines social ills relating to the topic of HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and drug abuse. In addition, she is intensively concerned with human and women's rights. In 2012 her work “OKUYA PHANTSI KWEMPUMLO/THE MEAL” received the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and in Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine she was included as one of the “top power list women”. The English newspaper The Guardian describes her as one of the most important voices from South Africa today. In 2013 Mamela Nyamza's work “Shift” was part of the festival “Moussokouma” at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.