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Friday, December 13, 2019


Taking place at the eNdishini Sports Grounds, opposite Sukuma High School in Pietermaritzburg, Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali 2019 with the theme, Conquering Spirits, takes place on December 13 and 14 and offers a festivity celebrating storytelling, literacy, poetry, music and art.

A melting pot of artistry, paints a different image of iMbali than people have become accustomed to. A legendary affair with renowned storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe presented stories during the pre-event on December 13, during the Msunduzi Library Programme. This will serve as the closing of Msunduzi Library Services holiday programme with storyteller, face-painting, jumping castles, mobile library, poetry, music and dance performances form young talent, including local band Young Band. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome.

Saturday December 14 sees another icon entering the spotlight, beloved mkhulu from Sobantu, PMB, legendary guitarist Themba Mokoena who has travelled the world over and plays with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo, Abigail Khubeka, amongst others.

He will share the stage with local artists including Pretty & The Music, Undivided Roots, King James, 2DAXA, Fluwid, Selekta, District XIII and many more. With exhibitions by Dawn Morey, Junkie, Lunga Bhengu, Muzi Ndlela, Sir Lincoln and Pretty Olifant. MCs Ndu Zondi and BB Stylez will also give performance as artists in their own right.

Tickets R80 for adults, R40 for children and R20 for under sevens. There will also be fashion, crafts, food and refreshment stalls. Camps chairs, picnic baskets and cooler boxes welcome. Gates open at 10h00 until late.

The two day event takes place eNdishini Sports Grounds, opposite Sukuma High School. A festivity celebrating storytelling, literacy, poetry, music and art.

Yet another opportunity to deliver tales through varied art forms and continue using art as a weapon in uplifting local talent, fighting social injustices and empowering the community. The fifth offering in the telling pages and intriguing chapters of Kwasuka Sukela which means: Once-Upon-A-Time. Through art, they uncover history, celebrate heroes and heroines (old and new). This family picnic event aims tell the seldom told stories of iMbali and her people.

The organisers state: “Our tales are similar across townships and so are our struggles. Ours is to create intergenerational spaces to showcase, mould, harness and celebrate local talent. To inspire, motivate and contribute to the development of our communities. Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali traces the umbilical cord of our buzzing township. “

Contact Pretty Olifant: or 072 379 6318 or visit the Facebook page: Hot toffee communications to find out more.

Kwasuka Sukela: Roots of iMbali 2019 is a hot toffee communications initiative in collaboration with Msunduzi Library Services, Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, Msunduzi Tourism, KZN Arts & Culture, Diedricks Attorneys, and Da Brian Photography.