Nelson Mandela Foundation


May 27, 2010 – The audio version of Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales has won two illustrious awards from the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

The audio book, which is directed by actor Alfre Woodard and introduced by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was named Audio Book of the Year and Best Multi-Voiced Performance at the APA’s 15th Annual Audie Awards in New York City on Tuesday night.

Sharon Gelman, the director of Artists for a New South Africa, which produced the audio book from the best-selling book of the same name, said in a statement that the organisation was “thrilled”.

“The room exploded in applause when, in receiving the award, we explained that our generous friends at Hachette Audio were donating 100% of their profits from the project to charity to assist children in South Africa orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS,” said Gelman.

BBC Audio Books America decided to add the audio book to its catalogue, which is marketed to libraries.

Actors who voiced the audio book include South Africa’s Charlize Theron, Samuel L Jackson, Alan Rickman, Blair Underwood, Oscar-nominated Don Cheadle and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren. Musicians featuring on the audio book include South African legends Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela.

“We are so grateful for your support and to the many talented professionals who made this project possible,” said Gelman.