Zakes Mda was born in the Eastern Cape in 1948. He spent his early childhood in Soweto, and finished his school education in Lesotho, where he joined his father in exile.
Mda has studied and worked in South Africa, Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and is a prolific writer of plays, novels, poems, and articles for academic journals and newspapers.
His creative work includes paintings, and theatre and film productions. Zakes Mda now spends his time writing and teaching. He is based in Athens, Ohio, in the United States.
He commutes between South Africa and the U.S., working as a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, beekeeper in the Eastern Cape, a patron of the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and a director of the Southern African Multimedia AIDS Trust in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.
The Whale Caller, was published in 2005, and Cion was published in 2007. The other books include Black Diamond (2009) and Zakes memoir called Sometimes there is a Void (2011).
Zakes' latest novel, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe, was published in June 2013.
Some of the books by Zakes Mda: