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Hailing from the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, Mafane initially got into storytelling as a remedy for homesickness.
After taking an introductory storytelling course, she first stepped on stage in Ottawa, where she was living at the time. Before long she was collaborating with many artists working in the National Capital Region.
Always keen to introduce her homeland to the wider world, Mafane draws on the music and folklore of the Indian Ocean — sometimes even embellishing her storytelling with the sounds of the bobre (a musical bow used by storytellers in Réunion).
Mafane has captivated audiences far and wide, including at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and at the Boca do Céu international storytelling festival in São Paulo. She recently won the Emerging Storyteller Award from the Storytellers of Canada.
Coming from a long line of immigrants from Mauritius, Madagascar, Sicily, Algeria and France, Mafane creates original stories with the central theme of leaving. If you were leaving your country never to return again, what would you take with you that you treasure the most?