Storytellers’ stamp of approval

2016-11-24 06:01
 Festival organiser Andrea Nomasebe Dondolo with some of the performers at the Maskandi and Storytelling event PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Festival organiser Andrea Nomasebe Dondolo with some of the performers at the Maskandi and Storytelling event PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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The Maskandi and Storytelling festival held in Khayelitsha’s Lookout Hill about two Saturdays ago should go down on the Khayelitsha events diary as one of the most memorable in the township’s history.

According to the organisers, the festival has been four years in the making, and it was well worth the wait.

The Lookout Hill Tourism Centre amphitheatre was a burst of colour, song and stories as the guests and audience from different provinces ascended on the venue.

A myriad people and cultures from as far afield as Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape, and the Overberg made the venue their cultural abode for the day.

Overseas tourists who happened to be there at that moment, were so elated by the experience that they promised to take it home with them.

All cultural and ethnic groups were represented, including Amahlubi and Amadumisa from the Dumiseni Diverse United Kingdom, the Consulate from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

It turned into a spectacle of celebration of partnerships and cultural promotion.

Even praise poets could not hold back anymore as they randomly burst onto the stage like waves and rendered items in praise of the event.

Chief Nojaholo praised the organisers for their nation building vision and the importance of the work they have done for Ward 92 and Khayelitsha as a whole and said he will be proud to report back what he saw.

Chief Msutwana of the Amadumisa said when he and Chiefs Zanoxolo and Nobantu, including Princess Gawulana, it felt an honour to be invited by Calabash Storytellers, the organisers.

“It is an effort to remind us that Africa should return to its roots,” he said.

“As a kingdom we praise the effort and wish it will continue growing and strengthening our roots towards moral regeneration”.

Other participants included Buselaphi, Ntombethongo, Amawele ka Mamtshawe, Mtshomdala, Philabadane, Scorpion, Manz’amdaka, Soundmind, Baphushe, Madosini and the Madosini Legacy Project proteges, Sinomusa, Lefika la Rankwe, Buyel’ekhaya, Chris Hani Arts School, Andrea Dondolo , Lulekwa Zephe, Feziwe Mbhalo, Nompucuko Zakaza.

Vusi Ngobeni of the Department of Arts and Culture said: “We are grateful for an opportunity to fund such a worthy initiative.”

Ngobeni said they appreciated to learn of the need for the promotion of culture in the Western Cape.

“We will continue supporting and encourage such projects to grow, towards sustainability”

Calabash Storytellers founder Andrea Dondolo- who had also performed praise poetry earlier in the festival, what with her booming voice filling the venue like a lioness roaring through the forest- expressed her gratitude for the support from all present.

Dondolo highlighted key performance areas that she believed would make the festival a success; “Job creation, platform creation for upcoming artist, sustainability, social cohesion and arts promotion.

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