Live music performance and a conversation with two bands: Imeva Band and Banned from the Land. Band members discuss their own practices and the music scene in the Eastern Cape.
ARTS LOUNGE AFRICA is a platform for performances and art conversations curated by Ruth Simbao and Lifang Zhang. The programme is hosted by the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team and is supported by the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa.
Imeva Band and Banned from the Land
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
IMEVA was formed in 2019. It is a collective of creatives and an acoustic band from the Eastern Cape. The band mainly draws its creativity from indigenous Xhosa ways of making music (UKOMBELA), which carries storytelling, history and day-to-day issues. Band members aim to empower and educate people through their music, and to provide healing by sharing stories, tribulations and happiness, relating to any one who is in the space and experiences their music.
Xola Mlandu: Visual artist, vocalist, songwriter and guitar player
Phila Phaliso: Visual Artist, vocalist and bass guitar player
Ncebakazi Nyali: Radio personality, event organizer, painter, songwriter and vocalist
Banned from the Land curates spaces of healing, where one can suspend the worries, fears and doubts surrounding their daily lives, past and uncertain future, in order to surrender to the present moment bringing about peace within. Both the band and the audience share in the journey(s) of exploring healing through the intentionally intuitive creation of music and song.
Amandla Akhona (band leader): storytelling, saxophone, vocals, acoustic guitar, uhadi, umrhubhe and whistles
Xhanti Nokwali (band co-ordinator): singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar, uhadi, umqangi and nose flute