Ladysmith/Emnambithi Battlefields Festival 2016: Fine Arts Evening

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I consider it an achievement to be out at night, socialising & having a good time considering that, at most, I am an introvert & there's no entertainment I'd prefer more than saggy pyjamas & a good book, ,writing or binge watching a fantasy series (Ugh, but I think I'm lying.)

That being said, I recently found myself in Ladysmith's town hall surrounded by art pieces by locals & listening to poetry whilst drinking red wine. 

Artwork by Zama Guliwe, Bright Dimba & Siyabonga Kunene ( Background: Mandela by Slindokuhle Makhubo)

Photo(s) by Bright Dimba

The fine arts evening was a part of the annual Battlefields festival; there had been street parades during the week & this evening was followed by the very first Polo held at Kandahar Sports Grounds. Sadly, I could not attend the Polo but here's what went down at the Fine Arts Evening:
The evening began slowly, hostess Nonjabulo Zwane of Gagasi FM (Weekdays 6am - 9am on 99.5fm) reeled us all in because you know, everybody was standing at the back of the hall waiting for proceedings to begin while sipping on coffee.

Sculpture by Bab'Shabalala  & painting of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's bab'Joseph Shabalala & the group's 4 Grammy Awards by Slindokuhle Makhubo

When the time for wine-tasting came, I was hesitant - I'm not a fan of wasting a good sip of wine - I cannot romanticise it either. I stood idly by watching & wincing as good wine met its demise at the bottom of a shallow, steel bucket. As the horror continued to unfold I retired into a lonely chair & the band Spank came on to play. I was keen, music & all, but did not expect the gorgeous Indian lead with glorious, curly locks to begin belting out Mafikizolo's Hamba Nawe with pipes kissed by the Zululand muses - girl could SANG.


Eventually I got my whispy fingers around a glass of wine & drank it, two glasses as well because

what are rules? A few great conversations with creatives from Nokwim & Photographer Bright Dimba later I decided to call it a night.
Thank you to the Distill for the wine & for sponsoring the evening, thank you to Nonjabulo of Gagasi FM for entertaining my questions & for viewing this blog. We were treated to food later but I was so busy networking all I managed to get was cake & cake, to Marie Antoinette's knowledge was good enough to fill a hungry man & thus would suffice. I called a taxi & waited outside, under a crystal clear night sky littered with stars & watched a traditional performance by Amanqendevane, wherein I'm pretty sure I saw them dab a few times to the drum beat.

Cheers to the weekend 

I got home to a quiet street, meditated & gave thanks before flicking off the lights. 
If you can help it, don't miss this event the next time it comes around - I'll keep you posted





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