20 July to 6 August 2016
Venue: Theatre on the Bay
The show opened with Amathongo, a contemporary Afro-jazz ensemble led by Cape jazz maestro, Hilton Schilder on keys, featuring the sombre yet soothing Eastern Cape songstress and uhadi (bow) player Indwe – the reigning ‘princess’ of traditional Xhosa folk music. Almost immediately I was reminded of Dollar Brand’s Manenburg, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Sophiatown and ‘Queen’ Madosini’s Transkei and I wondered how Amathongo could make me feel as if I were in all three places at the same time.
“It is interesting to spot how the artist’s fascination for architectural structures – and how they embrace, shelter, and frame their occupants – is tempered with her interest for biological morphologies, as seen in the visionary form of her sculptures and prints.”