Arts groups set for SA cul­tural event

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TWO lo­cal arts groups, Back to the Woods (BTTW) and Ragga Vybz are set to take part in the in­au­gu­ral Africa Unite Camp at Mothong Her­itage Site in Pre­to­ria, South Africa from today till Sun­day.

The camp is the brain­child of South African arts ac­tivist, Sech­aba Sa Rantsho, aimed at unit­ing Africans through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as cul­tural ex­changes, theatre, mu­sic, po­etry, en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­plo­ration, yoga and mind re­lax­ation.

The event will be held un­der the theme ‘Be­yond the mind of the op­pressed’.

“The camp seeks to pro­mote re­la­tions among the African Di­as­pora as well as cre­ate an African agenda to help im­prove the African nar­ra­tive,” Sech­aba Sa Rantsho said in an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week.

“We aim to cre­ate a space where is­sues con­cern­ing Africans can be dis­cussed and so­lu­tions de­rived.

“We will un­der­take a tour to learn about African medic­i­nal plants from an ex­pert as we be­lieve this is im­por­tant in tak­ing us back to our ori­gins and the life­style of heal­ing apart from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts. The knowl­edge and preser­va­tion of African plants is grad­u­ally be­ing lost.

“The di­a­logue is also essen­tial and it will fea­ture in­di­vid­u­als who delve into African­ism, its mean­ing and what a de­colonised Africa should look like. The speak­ers will in­clude Le­fifi Tladi, Mat­sh­elo Motsei and Thau Thau from the Rasta- far­ian move­ment.”

He said they would also climb the Thaba ya Mo­gale Moun­tain which is a sa­cred her­itage site that hosts most of the spir­i­tual ac­tiv­i­ties in Mamelodi in Pre­to­ria in­clud­ing the sa­cred ini­ti­a­tion school of the Pedi peo­ple and a Rasta vil­lage.

He said in ad­di­tion to re­turn­ing a favour, they had in­vited BTTW be­cause they had a lot in com­mon.

“BTTW hosted one of our own (Azah) as a guest per­former dur­ing their camp in Au­gust and our re­la­tion­ship was es­tab­lished as we re­alised we had a com­mon in­ter­est in shap­ing the African story and nur­tur­ing art,” he said.

For his part, BTTW’S Lekhema Malakia said they were look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure from the event.

“We will learn a lot about Africa as there will be a lec­ture by a his­to­rian about African­ism and will also mingle with other eth­nic groups,” Malakia said, adding they hosted Sech­aba Sa Rantsho in Au­gust and re­alised they shared a com­mon pas­sion for arts.

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