In this inaugural episode of “Artists on Africa”, Poet/ Performer Jethro Louw AKA Tanneman !Xam and Hip Hop artist Marco Snyders AKA Maniac showcase how they work with the cultural gap in their backyard of Kalkfontein (Cape Town, South Africa) through fusing hip hop with indigenous bow sounds and producing low/no-budget documentaries about and for the people in their neighbourhood.
In this second episode, “Artists on Africa” talks to husband and wife team Misheck Masamvu and Georgina Maxim.
At the periphery of the Zimbabwean capital, they have built Village Unhu – a multi-purpose space where residencies, workshops, exhibitions, art education and art production converge in pursuit of formulating a movement that will provide answers to the question “ What makes us human”.
N.B: In case you were wondering about the numerous dress changes, the interview had to be recorded over several separate Skype conversations due to the unreliable Internet connection.
A good friend of mine does not visit Maputo for less than 10 days at a time and I now know why. The city is vibrant and that not just in the wake of the upcoming elections on the 15th of October. Five fast and full days cannot be collapsed into one episode, so we will bring you more of Maputo's artistic establishment next month.
First up is Melita Matsinhe - pianist, vocalist, song writer, poet, historian and Pan-Africanist - backed by Mozambique's musical luminary, Stewart Sukuma.
The incredible sculptures in the background are, of course, by Reinata Sadimba and for the full 9 ½ minutes of the soundtrack visit Melita's myspace page.
Born in the year of the Mozambican Independence (or in the case of Mauro the year just before that) and raised in the decades of the Civil War that followed, these two friends and collaborators share their thoughts on what's really worth investing in.