Exploring the roots of iMbali through art

2019-12-18 06:00
Catch storyteller Gcina Mhlophe at Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali.PHOTO: sourced

Catch storyteller Gcina Mhlophe at Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali.PHOTO: sourced

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THE two-day event Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali 2019 will take place this weekend on Friday and Saturday.

With the theme “conquering spirits”, the event will take place at eNdishini Sports Grounds, opposite Sukuma High School, iMbali.

The event will include a festive celebration of storytelling, poetry, music, and art.

On Friday, this year’s event will be attended by renowned storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe . This will serve as the closing of the Msunduzi Library Services holiday programme with the day set to entertain audiences with storytelling, face-painting, jumping castles, a mobile library, poetry, and music and dance performances from talented local youth, including local band Young Band. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome.

On Saturday, legendary guitarist Themba Mokoena from Sobantu; who has travelled the world over and played with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo, Abigail Khubeka, among others; will also be present. He will share the stage with local artists including Pretty & The Music, Undivided Roots, King James, 2DAXA, Fluwid, Selekta, District XIII and many more. There will also be exhibitions by Dawn Morey, Junkie, Lunga Bhengu, Muzi Ndlela, Sir Lincoln, and Pretty Olifant.

Pretty Oliphant said the aim of Kwasuka Sukela is to deliver their tales through varied art forms and continue using art as a weapon in uplifting local talent, fighting social injustices and empowering the community, saying: “This family picnic event aims to tell the seldom-told stories of iMbali and her people.

“Our tales are similar across townships and so are our struggles. Ours is to create intergenerational spaces to showcase, mould, harness and celebrate local talent.

“We want inspire, motivate and contribute to the development of our communities. Through art, we uncover history, celebrate heroes and heroines (old and new).”

Tickets are R80 for adults, R40 for children and R20 for children under seven. There will also be fashion, crafts, food and refreshment stalls. Camp chairs, picnic baskets and cooler boxes are welcome. Gates open at 10 am.

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