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Sunday, November 19, 2017


(Work by Andile Maphumulo - acrylic on fabriano)

On November 10, the Durban Amasosha Art Movement opened their first large exhibition titled Inyathuko at the iKomkhulu Art Space.

Amasosha is a vibrant collective of 17 young artists from Durban who united to form a movement that will allow Durban artists to work together as a unit and help each other in uplifting their skills. Amasosha’s name is inspired by it being the Zulu word for soldiers.

“Just like soldiers, we see ourselves as people who have patience, courage and also who are hard workers, that work in collaboration and fight until they win,” explains percussionist Njabulo Shabala, who is part of Amasosha. They have a project space called Ikomkhulu Art Space at 55 Monty Naicker Street in Durban where they construct and explore their ideas.

The arts exhibition titled Inyathuko (Journey) exhibits the work of the Amasosha artists, under photographer Thalente Khomo, multimedia artist Mthobisi Maphumulo, graphic designer Nhlakanipho Mkhize and visual artists Mondli Mbhele and Andile Maphumulo.

“Every journey has its own baggage to be carried by those who walk it. This baggage is the reflection of our communities’ identity and somehow is passed onto us to carry, in order to change it and make life better or use it as our weapon to find light in life. This exhibition is a reflection of our journey as artists who came together to collaborate with a passion to create balance in this unstable society,” explains chairperson of Amasosha and multi-media artist, Mthobisi Maphumulo.

After the exhibition, the art of music was celebrated with a live concert at the nearby Cool Runnings, featuring Madala Kunene as one of the artists on the bill. 
Other artists performing were Mbijana Sibisi and Mandisa Zama, well-known percussionist Njabulo Shabalala, Afro-Latin guitarist Milton Chissano, bassist Victor Sithole and the a cappella group Hyena Blues.

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