Ingoma Ka Tiyo Soga
I look forward to experiencing an exhibition of Skhumbuzo Makandula with Mthwakazi, who will be showcasing the work of Tiyo Soga, the first black South African to be ordained (1856). As I look into this piece, I am reminded of the state of our country and I can’t stop myself from hearing Tiyo Soga’s songs in my head:
Lizalis’ idinga lakho, (Fullfil/realise your promise)
Thixo Nkosi yenyaniso! (Faithful/Truthful God)
Zonk’ iintlanga, zonk’ izizwe, (All races, all nations,)
Ma zizuze usindiso. (must be saved)
This is one production that defines many beings in South Africa, where one’s mere existence is a curse and an albatross to many. AMAWETHU tells a human story that seeks to rectify or, rather, to reclaim who we are as a people from our culture and customs – and to correct the distortions that pre-date the African slave trade that led us to believe that African spirituality had a demonic, pagan, uncivilized, barbaric and godless origin.
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Celebrating the African Song
Hannah Ma, a German Chinese choreographer, will treat us to a contemporary dance production that is about the search of home and the longing for rituals that transcend cultural boundaries. The dance creates a space where the members of a multicultural group are able to express their individual artistic characters, while discovering a common form that works beyond language barriers. This reminds me of a lot of things that we tend to forget in search of how different we are, “the blood that runs is our veins in red”.
Drakensberg Boy Choir