Skom artist groups display soul after attacks on forries

2015-05-14 06:00

Jongi Magaba, Thandi Gqiba and Queen Mhayi were among artistst who sang againts xenophobia in Langa on Saturday.

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Jongi Magaba, Thandi Gqiba and Queen Mhayi were among artistst who sang againts xenophobia in Langa on Saturday. PHOTO: zila mkonto

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Xenophobia and Afrophobia have no place in Langa or Cape Town.

This is evident in the absence of the barbaric acts of criminal cruelty meted out by Africans against others in the north.

The Langa Arts Association, a non-profit organisation whose sole aim is to unite, promote and uplift creative artists across the Western Cape, applaud people of this province for not stooping to such levels of inhumanity.

That is why the Langa Arts Association (LAA) kicked off celebrations of Africa Month with a bang this past Sunday, May 10, where the walls, down to the foundations, of Guga Sthebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa reverberated with different sounds.

The roars, blaring and booming sounds of about ten big Harley Davidson motor bikes belonging to the Garden Boys caused great excitement outside the venue.

Garden Boys is a group of friends who are professionals including medics, dermatologists, lawyers, accountants and men of the cloth.

Their hobby is biking, that support community ventures like LAA that are aimed at empowering and uplifting poor and underdeveloped communities.

The Garden Boys motivate youth to stay focused on their educational dreams, advise young parents on how to support their children’s aspirations and in some cases even finance the education of poor but deserving students to become professionals like them.

LAA introduced itself to the public via poets, visual artists Lutela and Odon, Bruno and Bamanye dance group, contortionists, fashion designers and musicians.

It was a taste of more, better offerings going forward.

People have seen the quality of performances and organisation LAA are capable of - creating great value for money.

LAA chairperson Sylvia Mdunyelwa re-enacted her radio days by doing a ‘radio show’ from the stage, giving some in the audience the opportunity to ask a question or comment on the LAA venture and the show.

Then she took to the stage to do what she does best- soothing the soul with her songs.

Mdunyelwa shared the stage with her ‘children’ Fancy Galada, Jongi noSihlanu, DJ Fosta, Thandi Gqiba (Ringo’s sister), Nosithembele, DJ Sebz, DJ AudioJerk, and DJ Charlisto.

A true nurturer, she also gave an opportunity to a talented 17 year old from the area, percussionist Skhumbuzo to ply his wares.

The immense conribution of bass player from Nyanga, Bongani Tsoaedi, younger brother to SAMA-winning bassist Herbie Tsoaedi, made the show possible.

LAA forms partnerships with individuals and organisations with a similar vision for eKasi- to unlock talent and to realise their potentail, inspire, develop, promote and market talent for the benefit of iSkom nezinye iiKasi. There was the African Arts Institute, Eastern Accoustics, Pan African Market, and local businesses who traded their wares at the event and Project I AM, made the project a wonderful success.

LAA will host Africa Day on May 23 at Guga Sthebe

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