Ladysmith/Emnambithi Battlefields Festival 2016: Fine Arts Evening
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:
|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.
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