Iva Collective – Umhlaba ophezulu / Higher ground

A cross cultural collaboration of independent artists who carry deep convictions in their approach to therapeutic performance art.

A beautiful marriage of indigenous, classic and contemporary music composed during the Iva Artist Residency which took place in March earlier this year.

The 3 week artist’s residency explored the layers of history and heritage on the ‘frontier’ finding a tangible representation to signify the ethos ‘unifying through art’ and gave artists a safe space to create and collaborate after a hard couple months of lockdown.

The performance was filmed in eLundini Village of the Amathole district where all proceeds from the performance will go towards Ivanya Yethu’s ‘#ArtsAccess4All’ campaign which distributes creative learning material and supports the computer center in the village.

The residency was hosted by Ivanya Yethu Heritage Foundation and supported by the National Arts Council (NAC).

  • Ticket Price: R100.00
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration (minutes): 45mins
  • Ages: All ages
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - July 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: isiXhosa, English

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Songeziwe Myeha – Percussions
Sibusile Xaba – Guitar/Vocals/Percussion
Xhanti Nokwali – Guitar/Vocals
Amandla Akhona – Saxophone/Uhadi/Vocals
Wandile Hlamvana – Vocals/Percussion
Buntu Duku – Vocals/Poetry
Samantha Collett – Guitar/Vocals
Alexandra Collett – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Kagiso ‘ASH K’ Kgabo – Sound engineer/Mixing
Hannah duPlessis – Videographer
Samantha Collett – Video editor

Filmed at Elundini backpackers and community center

Production Gallery

Iva Collective Trailer



Iva, curated by core duo Buntu Duku and Samantha Collett have brought together a collective of artists both representative and of high artistic quality. Featuring emerging as well as established musicians of South Africa such as master guitarist Sibusile Xaba and Eastern Cape duo Amandla Akhona and Xhanti Nokwali from ‘Banned from the land’, multi instrumentalist Songeziwe Myeha who completed his studies in African indigenous instruments, and core group members Wandile Hlamvana as well as local Makhanda talent, Alexandra Collett.