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Pamela Nomvete’s Autobiography Dancing to the Beat of the Drum Now Available

Dancing to the Beat of the DrumIntroducing Pamela Nomvete’s autobiography, Dancing to the Beat of the Drum:

The sangomas say that when it is time to connect with your true calling, your true self, you must “dance to the beat of the drum”.

Returning to the land of her parents’ birth in 1994 – after making a name for herself as an actress on the British stage – Pamela Nomvete became a household name as Ntsiki Lukhele, “the bitch”, on Generations. But the mirage of luxury and success in which she lived was just that, a mirage. Behind closed doors she battled her husband’s infidelities, addiction and spiritual confusion. Dancing to the Beat of the Drum details the traumatic personal crisis Pamela went through as her success grew – a crisis which took everything she had worked for from her – and how she came to re-evaluate her priorities and reconnect with the spiritual side of her life – something she had long neglected.

“Pamela Nomvete is back with a bang!” – DRUM

“A standing ovation is in order” – Heiress Lifestyle

“Nomvete pulls no punches” – Blue Ink Review

“An unputdownable read” – The Herald

About the author

Pamela Nomvete has been an actress for 26 years, having graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1985. She spent 10 years on the British stage before moving to South Africa – her ancestral home – in 1994, where she embarked on a very successful television career. She became a South African icon and ended up as a patron of a Khoisan pageant held in Botswana.

Pamela co-wrote and co-produced a 13-part comedy series for the SABC, appeared in the HBO film Sometimes in April, as the character Martine, and won a best actress award at the Fespaco film festival in 2005 for the role she played in the film Zulu Love Letter.

Pamela went through a very traumatic personal crisis as her success grew and ended up losing everything she had worked for. She spent two weeks living in her car in Johannesburg before returning to London in 2007. Back in the UK she continued her successful acting career, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court. Until 2013 she was a regular character in Coronation Street – the longest running soap opera in the UK.

During the time she was living in her car, Pamela learned about detachment from all the external things we often use to define us. She learned that, as long as she was alive, she could survive and handle any situation. She learned about the true nature of the human spirit, which she found among the very ordinary people of South Africa – really the people who made up her fan base. She recognised that she had a mission and that was to encourage people who believed they had no worth to see their value and use it to encourage others like them. Pamela learned that the voice of the “little person” will be heard the loudest and will make the biggest contribution to positive transformation in any community.

Pamela is a Nichiren Buddhist and is working on developing her skill as a writer and learning the ropes around the art of filmmaking. She believes in the power of the human spirit and will continue to work to unleash the hidden potential in herself and others.

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