Schlagwort-Archive: rainbow nation

Kulturelle Identität in Südafrika

Regisseur Tobias Lindner über Afrikaanerkultur, Orania und seinen Dokumentarfilm

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

© Tobias Lindner, Dokumentarfilmregisseur aus Berlin. Mehrfach hielt sich Lindner zwecks Recherche und Dreh in der südafrikanischen Burengemeinschaft Orania auf. Der Film entstand zunächst als Abschlussfilm an der Beuth Hochschule für Technik. Mit Unterstützung der Verleihfirma kinostar ist "Orania - Der Film" auch in den deutschen Kinos zu sehen. Dies ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit, da nur wenige Dokus dem Kinopublikum zugänglich gemacht werden.

© Tobias Lindner, Dokumentarfilmregisseur aus Berlin. Mehrfach hielt sich Lindner zwecks Recherche und Dreh in der südafrikanischen Burengemeinschaft Orania auf. Der Film entstand zunächst als Abschlussfilm an der Beuth Hochschule für Technik. Mit Unterstützung der Verleihfirma kinostar ist „Orania – Der Film“ auch in den deutschen Kinos zu sehen. Dies ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit, da nur wenige Dokus dem Kinopublikum zugänglich gemacht werden.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wir begrüßen auf „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ den Dokumentarfilmregisseur Tobias Lindner. Am 13.06.2013 startet Ihr Dokufilm „ORANIA“ in den deutschen Kinos. Wie kam es zu diesem Vorhaben?Antwort: Ich habe einige Zeit in Südafrika gelebt und da hört man irgendwann zwangsläufig von Orania. Der Ort ist zwar auf Grund seiner geringen Größe auf den ersten Blick nicht sonderlich relevant, zieht aber trotzdem eine ungeheure Aufmerksamkeit auf sich. Das liegt sicherlich an seiner politischen Brisanz. Viele finden es mindestens kurios, dass es im Post-Apartheid Südafrika einen Ort gibt, in dem nur Weiße leben.

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Fotograf Jürgen Schadeberg im Interview

Die Interpretation von Fotos liegt im Auge des Betrachters

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Jürgen Schadeberg ist der deutsche Top-Fotograf bei südafrikanischen Motiven schlechthin. Der Berliner wird nicht ohne Grund als „The Father of South African Photography” bezeichnet. Schon 1950 emigrierte er nach Südafrika, um den Kampf gegen die Apartheid künstlerisch zu begleiten. Er hatte bereits beeindruckende Ikonen wie Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu oder Miriam Makeba vor seiner Linse.  Vor allem die Vereidigung Mandela´s zum ersten schwarzen Präsidenten in Südafrika verbindet Schadeberg mit seinem eindrucksvollsten Erlebnis am Kap. Das Land verfüge mittlerweile über eine starke Werbefotografie, allerdings ist das Dokumentationsspektrum dessen weiterhin schwach aufgestellt. Mit seinen Fotowerken, etwa mit der Township-Fotoserie „Soweto in colour“, schnappt er gerne jene Momente ein, die alltägliche Begebenheiten darstellen. Die Interpretation seiner Bilder, so Schadeberg, überlässt er dem jeweiligen Betrachter. Die gegenwärtige Rückwärtsentwicklung Südafrikas erwidert der Fotograf mit dem Willen, niemals aufgeben zu dürfen. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ dankt Jürgen Schadeberg für die Bereitstellung von Fotos, insbesondere aus der Kollektion „Tales from Jozi“.

Redaktioneller Hinweis: Es wird vorsorglich darauf hingewiesen, dass eine Verwendung des abgebildeten Bildmaterials ohne entsprechende Genehmigung der Rechteinhaber nicht gestattet ist!

© Jürgen Schadeberg is known as “The Father of South African Photography”

© Jürgen Schadeberg is known as “The Father of South African Photography”

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German Gateway to South Africa, Mr. Jürgen Schadeberg, photographer and film director from Berlin.

Answer: Mr. Schadeberg, you are known as a very famous photographer, who left Germany for South Africa in 1950. Which reasons had motivated you to emigrate?

I wanted to leave war-torn Germany and find some adventure in the new world.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You accompanied with your arts the struggle against Apartheid. Would you have ever imagined that apartheid will be someday over?

Answer: I believed that such an inhuman system as Apartheid could not have lasted.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You captured with your camera several South African personalities like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu or Miriam Makeba. Which has been your most impressive moment in South Africa?

Answer: When Nelson Mandela was elected President and for a time the country was united.

© Mandela's return to his Cell on Robben Island 1994/ series: Mandela (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Mandela's return to his Cell on Robben Island 1994/ series: Mandela (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Why did you used monochrome pictures in regard to Mandela & Co.?

Answer: During the fifties in SA there was very little work done in colour because the technology was not advanced enough.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In some media, you are called as “The Father of South African Photography”. Is South Africa having at all a photography industry?

Answer: Yes, there is a thriving primarily commercial photography world but documentary photography is developing well.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your photo series „Soweto in colour“ is catching day-to-day situations of the township population. Which message would you communicate to the viewers?

Answer: The message is in the eye of the beholder.

© SOWETO TODAY/ series: Soweto in colour (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© SOWETO TODAY/ series: Soweto in colour (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: South Africa is making, today, some setbacks in democracy. With corruption cases, the Secrecy Bill or hate speech by famous figures like Julius Malema, is the rainbow nation coming under pressure. Are you still following the developments in South Africa and if yes, what is your mind in this issue?

Answer: Yes, it’somewhat disappointing but one doesn’t give up hope.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which further dreams would you like to realize?

Answer: To leave in peace and harmony and continue my work.

© Kids on staircase/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Kids on staircase/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Malako Club/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Malako Club/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Joyce Nzama & Baby/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Joyce Nzama & Baby/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Chalsea Hotel/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Chalsea Hotel/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Rose Boys/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

© Rose Boys/ series: Tales from Jozi (Picture Source: http://www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Jürgen Schadeberg, photographer and film director, thank you very much for this interview!

2010sdafrika-Interview mit der Fotografin Zanele Muholi:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/exklusive-interview-with-zanele-muholi/

2010sdafrika-Interview mit dem Fotografen Louis Vorster:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/multimedia-projects-by-louis-vorster/

2010sdafrika-Interview mit dem Fotografen Roger Ballen:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/photos-with-reflection-on-the-psyche-roger-ballen-in-interview/

Exklusive Interview with Zapiro

4000 Cartoons and 15 books. Johnathan Shapiro about his life, freedom of opinion and politics

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Open any South African newspaper today and you will most probably find a cartoon that comments South African politics drawn by the artist Zapiro. Who doesn‘t know the famous sketch picturing the current South African president Jacob Zuma with a shower above his head alluding to his statement that he took a shower after having had sex with an HIV-positive woman. Zapiro, born 1958 as Jonathan Shapiro in Cape Town, is the most famous cartoonist of these days in South Africa. His drawings appear in the Mail and the Guardian,Sunday Times and The Times. Moreover his art has been published in exhibitions all over the world and he has won numerous awards.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: President Jacob Zuma is taking a shower after having sex with a HIV infected woman.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: Lady Justice in danger.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: Whites have benefited from Apartheid.

„SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German Gateway to South Africa, met Zapiro in his office in Cape Town to find out more about this artist who is not afraid to say what he thinks with if it comes to politics.

Zapiro already discovered his passion for art as a child. Back then he used to have nightmares about frightening monsters and in order to deal with those scary dreams, he started drawing about them. Indeed that kind of self-therapy did help him to overcome his nightmares. And not only that; He enjoyed the drawing a lot. It was his dream to become an artist. He entered drawing competitions and also was active for the school newspaper. He invented the little character “Prepi“, who commented on what‘s going on in preparatory school.

Soon ,he was also confronted with the politics happening in his country. His mum made him aware already at a very young age that they were living in a society “that was wrong“; his very first “kind of political experience“ was when Verwoerd 1 was assassinated in 1966. In school they were asked to pray for the “architect of apartheid“ and Zapiro remembers being confused and thinking“ Hey, this was not a good guy!“. Throughout his school time he was “at odds” with the general trend of supporting Apartheid amongst even English speaking white people, but he was not yet involved in any political actions at that time. After school he started studying architecture; not because he was passionate about it, but in order for him to stay out of the army. When he decided to change to graphic design and try to become a cartoonist, they „got him„, he had to enter the army. In the army Zapiro refused to carry a gun, so they made him carry a heavy wooden dummy and made fun of him. Once a colleague made him stand guard with it, „which was ridiculous, I became a bit of a laughing stock but in a funny way, like a clown thing„, Zapiro says.

However, the joke actually backfired, because he showed the other conscripts that he could handle this heavy arm very well as by doing exactly everything that they were doing with it. This was his way of rebelling against this and spreading his political message. He was regarded as a political consciousness non-commitant, as a communist, as dangerous. At that time he was not yet involved in any political organization, the UDF (United Democratic Front) formed just over a year after he was conscripted. But when it was formed in 1983, it was absolutely clear for him that he would join. Same appealed to his mum, his sister and a lot of his friends. Suddenly there was this non-racial grouping that felt right for them: much more elegentarian, much more open and much more connected to national politics. It was also connected to the ANC-but he didn’t want to be involved into nor speak about it, because that was dangerous when they found out they were linked. Him and some of his family members even got detained at some point.

However, Zapiro has never wanted to be a politician. He sees a big difference between being enormously involved as an activist and becoming a politician. ,,Professional politics are very different from being a political activist.” In his opinion only a few people managed to retain this integrity and those principles that guided them and made them passionate. Other people do things now out of personal gain or party political aims; they have become corrupt, comfortable and a bit apathetic compared to what they used to be. Also there are those who are within a party and are against those who are outside the party and maybe doing good things. „All those things I would hate„, he states. He has seen people he knew who have made this trancession- only a few managed it successfully. According to him the country needs people who become politicians and remain focussed, altruistic and incorruptible. But the country also needs civil society and media-so in his opinion his best role is to be a visual columnist- and still to a little extend an activist. To produce his drawings, he obviously needs to do a lot of research on politics. For that Zapiro listens to the radio a lot, reads many different newspapers and consults the internet in order to look at the same sort of issue dealt with in different ways. Also he records some things broadcasted on television.

© Johnathan Shaprio alias Zapiro, South Africa´s most influential and provocative cartoonist. He has been in conflict several times with the government.

Zapiro explains that cartoons are primarily about thinking and communication; about finding a device to say something that one believes in. „They are 80% idea and 20% drawing.„ According to him there are cartoonists out there, who are good, but not necessarily the best cartoonist in the world -however they are really able to communicate by their art. On the other hand it would not be possible to carry weak ideas with good drawings. „It`s about thoughts. „ To give an example, Zapiro speaks about one cartoon that he did, which displayed a little line of text on top saying „Whites who never benefited from Apartheid„ and a blank page underneath he states that at the time of the release of the cartoon, there were people denying to have known about Apartheid. There were white people avoiding responsibility for the benefits that they were given while living under Apartheid.

Zapiro was irritated by that attitude and got inspired to create this „cartoon„. This cartoon did not even have a picture, but still, so Zapiro, „ This cartoon was conceptually really good and really powerful, one of the best cartoons I have ever done.„ It is Zapiro`s intention to trigger strong reactions with his drawings amongst the people. He wants to make people think. Maybe some people say „That’s exactly how I feel, I didn’t know how to express it.„ But he is not only addressing the people who think exactly like him- which, in his opinion, would not make any sense. He knows that there are people, who might agree and as well disagree on his thoughts on certain issues. However it is not his intention to convince the people, who think completely different. According to him it is all those people in the middle-he can make them see something in a new way by being a little bit persuasive to them.

When asking him what subject he would like to draw a sketch on, that he is not allowed to draw one on, he replies that there is nobody who can tell him not to do a cartoon on a certain topic. It is rather him who holds himself back. When he started as a political activist he used to be quite constrained by political correctness, whereas these days he is ready to accept those rules. „ I don’t like to gratuisly insult people in a hurtful way, who are in a way vulnerable.„ Still, even then his feeling of what is acceptable to draw a cartoon on would be way further down the line than that of others. If he felt that people are the aggressors, he wouldn`t care about them. For instance, if it comes to religion. In his view religion has done a huge amount of harm with regard to gay people and women and it has even promoted spread of HIV. Concerning this topic he would go really hard for the people in power.

Zapiro says he has done things that people would consider totally insulting. He states that some things around traditional culture are quite difficult to deal with in cartoons, because people treat them in a way religion is treated. According to him there exists some kind of communality. And at the moment there would be plenty of times when cartoons can be misinterpreted on purpose to make people out as racists even though they are not.

After the feedback that Zapiro is receiving is not always positive; president Jacob Zuma has pressed charges against him already for doing certain drawings on him. Zapiro says that he believes in the South African institutions, in the constitution , and he feels that these are strong enough to keep up freedom of speech -which he supports and which is part of what gives him resolve. Zapiro explains that his politics haven`t changed a lot, but politics of some people in power have changed and he considers himself lucky to not have as much constraints as people in power. If he believes in something he will go for it.

Further I ask him about his opinion concerning voices in this country saying that some kind of reversed apartheid is arising, where it is now black South African people against the other cultures. Zapiro responds that this is one of the topics, where he will get either into one form of discourse or another depending on who he is speaking to. On the one hand, if he would be speaking to his old political comrades he would be mouthing off at the death of non racialism and at the rise of a certain form of nationalism and elitism. On the other hand, if those amongst the white South Africans, who have never had “political bone„ in their body during apartheid era come and complain in an uninformed way to him about how bad things are and so called „reversed racism„, he gets into a whole different conversation. He would try to explain how much better things are now than they were then. And after all it is still white people who are at the top of the power in many important fields. He says that there is a certain kind of racism that still exists very strongly in the white community of South Africa. He continues saying that there are some absurdities in the way that affirmative action has been taking place; not the way it should be. And that he is the last person to say that all is ok. But to claim that things are the same way as they used to be in Apartheid, simply reversed, was not true, but absolute rubbish.

Then we speak about Julius Malema singing the old song „Kill the boers„. Zapiro calls Malema`s behaviour „crass and wrong„, he could not sing that song in the context of the new South Africa. He explains that the song was an apartheid era song, which had a metaphorical reason. It was about killing the system of apartheid, to fight those police men and farmers, who really were brutally assaulting and killed people .„And that was all understood then.„ Zapiro states that it is wrong to sing that song today, because its purpose is essentially to try „to mobilize disaffected youth, because the ANC is not delivering properly to them and try to make them focus some of their anger on people, who these days are not necessarily aggressing, at least not the same extent as before.”However, he thinks that one cannot ban a song and that the high court`s decision to try to prevent him from singing the song was wrong. As a supporter of freedom of express he does not agree on it. „You can call somebody a political opportunist without saying you are not allowed to sing that song. It is a lot more nuanced and complicated than saying: Julius Malema is the equivilant of what Terre Blanche2 was…it doesn’t work like that.„ Zapiro has done cartoons criticizing that decision of the court. I support the human rights commission and the UN`s determination on the definition of hate speech and that it should be prevented. He explains that that would be hate speech where you could make a connection between something that was said, such as a speech, a song or a piece of writing, and the active going out and killing somebody. However, he doesn`t think that “ people went out killing people because of what Julius said…. “3 “If you can make that connection, that because of that song that person was killed..that`s where you can draw the line. But that’s very far down the line of speech before you can make that decision.”

Zapiro says that there was a complaint about his cartoon „Lady justice„ and that the human rights commission exonerated him for doing the drawing and its publication, because of their determination that it is not inciting anyone to do anything to anybody else. „It was a metaphor about what Zuma was doing to the judiciary.„ „Freedom of express is very important to me.„ So if he started saying ,they should ban that song, then he could as well allow somebody to say to ban his cartoon, because both of them could be interpreted in a way that they could be objectionable.„There has to be consistency.„

Zapiro is producing with his cartoons political messages

Before the interview comes to an end I would like to find out from Zapiro what are his wishes for the new South Africa, what kind of development he thinks is necessary for it to become the peaceful rainbow nation everybody is longing for. Zapiro answers, „I remember when Tutu came up with the rainbow nation idea during the meeting of the inconscription campaign in 1985.It was always a bit idealistic. „ According to Zapiro, Tutu wished for rainbow coalition of different groupings in the political movement fighting for the same aim: freedom, non racialism, democracy. However, Zapiro believes that South Africa has only had a few rainbow-moments since democracy. As an example he names the rugby world cup in 1995. “I`m afraid to say now, that unlike before, where I thought the white community was hugely responsible for not apologizing and not taking responsibility, I still say that ,I think now a lot more could have been done if the ANC had not become fat, comfortable and corrupt, and if say the people at the top were not promoting this narrow elite and not just paying lip service to delivery, but really were delivering and trying to bridge the wealth gap. That is where is should go.„ Zapiro believes that only then people can have some real reconciliation, because so far there are a lot of unresolved matters after truth reconciliation commission hearings. According to Zapiro, it is most important to close the inaquity in this society.„ South Africa has become the most inequal society in the world , we are even behind Brazil. And for that to be the state almost after 17 years of democracy is outrageous.„

Finally I would like to find out what Zapiro`s personal plans and dreams are for the future. „For the medium term I want to continue what I`m doing, but want to make sure I`m still feeling like I`m relevant and got something to say, because if I do not- I want to pull out and go for something in the long term.„ He has managed to produce over 4000 cartoons and 15 books , but he doesn`t want to do the same thing for ever, he also wants to do other things. In the long term Zapiro would like to move into some other genres of cartooning and storytelling, which he loves. He would like to become a bit more balanced person, because the intensity he has with the cartooning does tend to overwhelm a great part of his life. He wants to spend more time with his family.

HIER FINDEST DU DAS INTERVIEW IN DEUTSCH.

1   He was the 3rd national party prime minister after DF Malan and Jacob Strijdom
2   Formed the Afrikaaner Resistence Movement during Apartheid< was seen as white supremacist
3   Discussion in South Africa about a possible connection between Malema singing the song,,Kill the boers“ and the murder of Terre Blanche

Jo-Ann Strauss about her life, fashion and Germany

Miss South Africa 2000 in interview

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Wer zu WM-Zeiten das ZDF eingeschaltet hatte, der sah eine junge südafrikanische Frau, die mit viel Stolz und Leidenschaft über ihr Land berichtete. Es handelte sich um Jo-Ann Strauss, Miss South Africa 2010, TV-Star und Moderatorin. Sie spricht neben Englisch, auch perfektes Deutsch, da ihr Partner aus München kommt. Die Kaptstädterin studierte an der Stellenbosch University den Studiengang Medien, wechselte dann in Recht um. Die Lösung südafrikanischer Probleme, wie Kriminalität, sieht Jo-Ann Strauss bei der Ausweitung von Bildungsmöglichkeiten für Jung und Alt sowie beim Arbeitsplatzausbau. Der Modebranche Südafrikas, so das Topmodel, spricht sie viel Potential zu, jedoch ist Fashion vom Kapland im internationalen Vergleich nach wie vor noch relativ unbedeutend. Mit Deutschland, so Jo-Ann Strauss, verknüpft sie das gute Organisationsvermögen. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ freut sich, diesen impulsiven VIP interviewt haben zu dürfen!

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© Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000, business woman and TV star – on the German based South Africa gateway „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. You´re really a power woman with so many projects in different areas. Where are you getting this energy?

Answer: I’ve always believed: The more you do, the more you can do! There are so many opportunities in SA and I am blessed to be able to use them.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You graduated at the Stellenbosch University in law. Which reasons stimulated you to study this course of studies?

Answer: I had planned to do my post-grad studies in media and wanted to get a good general basic degree so I opted out of medicine and changed to law and commerce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a really famous and popular personality from South Africa, you are promoting the rainbow nation to the world. How do you would like to describe your country and where should South Africa still progress?

Answer: South Africa has come a long way, but it still has far to go. We surprised the world by hosting such a fantastic World Cup, but I wish that we could sustain the momentum and positive changes in crime statistics that existed in the month of the World Cup. Education of young and old is a key success factor. We have a generation that did not have access to training and basic education and I believe that that generation feels let down by the current situation. If we create meaningful jobs, poverty and crime will decrease dramatically.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Cape Town is your hometown, which is famous for his film industry, fashion scene and cosmopolitan charm. Which role is South Africa and especially Cape Town taken in the global fashion?

Answer: It’s a small role, but it’s growing. We have a number of Fashion Weeks in SA which doesn’t make sense as its a relatively small industry. I hope that our fashion industry will reconcile all the top players in our fashion game and grow the industry and create jobs.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which personal projects would you like to realize?

Answer: So many 🙂 I want to be a balanced woman and have it all – family, career and happiness.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We have taken notice, that your partner is from Germany. For what is Germany standing for and how would you like to describe „German“ fashion?

Answer: He is from Munich and would love me to have a dirndl 😉  German fashion is a great example to the world – Karl Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss … I also like that each city has a distinct dress sense. And of course, I enjoy browsing Maximillian Strasse 🙂

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: During the World Cup 2010, you worked as moderator for the German television station ZDF. Which experiences has you gained with your German TV colleagues?

Answer: Germans are a LOT more organised than any TV crew I have worked with! I had lots of fun and also learnt a lot in terms of planning and logistics. These experiences are helping me with current TV projects I am starting to produce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss South Africa and figurehead of  modern South Africa, thank you very much for this interview!


Fashion and Lifestyle Column by top model Sam Pegg:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/?s=fashion+and+lifestyle+column&x=0&y=0

Soap Operas True Reflection Of Current SA?

South Africans are loving soaps

(Editor: Tuming Lee)

Part 1:

Generations, Muvhango and Scandal constitute the crème de la crème of Mzansi’s local soap operas, attracting millions of viewership every weekday during prime time. Generations, with a viewership of 4 458 000 is not called Mzansi’s most watched soapy for nothing. Even though South Africans still enjoy American Soaps, they can’t help but feel patriotic every time they have to watch Kenneth Mashaba, devious media mogul played by Seputla Sebogodi, delivering his usual spectacular, SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) deserving performance of kicking out a subordinate from his office, with the classic line, “A bo re gwaa!” (Northern Sotho’s equivalent of ‘Bugger Off.’) This proves once more that local is always lekker. Nothing can make you feel more nostalgic than a home grown TV production with next door faces and local languages.

Everybody in South Africa loves his soaps, even this Baby by watching „Generations“

Just as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known as Madiba which is a clan name of which Mr Mandela is a member, South Africa is now simply being referred to as Mzansi. Mzansi is a term of endearment that means south and it was given to SA by its fabulous and vibrant Nguni language speaking youth. As in Ayoba (township slang for cool!), the word Mzansi has sneaked its way into the vocabulary of every curious mind in the country – young and old, black and white, print and social media alike to become the latest unity symbol of the rainbow nation. It is only a matter of time before Mzansi and Ayoba find themselves cosy little spots in the South African English dictionary, a global recognition that is long overdue.

© Screenshot from TV soap "Generations" (Source: YouTube)

Everyday some men and women hurriedly clear up their work desk and rush through traffic to get home before 6 pm for one more dosage of their favourite soap opera. More so, men than women because most men would rather have their limbs amputated than willingly admit to watching soap operas. Why? Because soap watching is embarrassing and considered a chick thing. Besides, what are Peter’s colleagues and buddies supposed to think when they hear how he had traded a perfect two hours of beer drinking and loud burping for an early night in front of the couch, biting his nails and hugging his pillow listening to best friends, Tshidi and Puleng’s in etv’s Rhythm City talking about whether or not Tshidi should marry Dylan or abort the baby. How would the guys perceive Peter, knowing that he was clutching to a pillow, shedding a tear the moment he learnt about Cheryl’s conspiracy to snatch her employer, Braam le Roux and marry him from right under her best friend’s Marlien’s nose in order to gain control of BLR Empire and get back at his number one enemy, former prisoner and millionaire ex-husband Barker Heinz.

The convoluted commentary typically characterises a soap opera plot where normally everybody is related either by marriage or birth but continues to intermarry, resulting in family disoriented off springs with a serious series of identity crises. The producers think it is a winning formula hence the recurring, feminine plot in almost all soap operas, leaving men with little or no entertainment.

Uninviting as soap operas might be to men, more and more males are rationalising their soapy watching as an occasional sneak peek in order to keep up with their women’s interests and so they let the world believe. They are quick to label soaps as hogwash and are always on tenterhooks waiting to deny their involvement in soap operas. Unsettling behaviour indeed.

Kgogo e e lelang pele, lee ke la yone – loosely translated, this saying means ‘the egg belongs to the hen that crows first’. The first ones to deny watching soap operas are usually the ones that watch it. It is an attention deflecting tactic away from the real culprits.

Even though men would be the first to confess that they do not find the plot of soap operas the least bit appealing and that they are only watching because of their wives or girlfriends, it is surprising how quick they are to proclaiming, that even if one does not watch soap operas for a year, Brooke would still be pining for Ridge while Eric Forrester will still be lusting after another bold and beautiful young thing to take as his next wife.”

Lo and behold, one year later, Brooke is standing by Ridge’s office door at Forrester Creations wearing a little red number that leaves a lot to the imagination and Ridge is left drooling and speechless one more time. Across the hallway in another office, Eric is on the phone, charming the pants off of Brooke’s sister Donna, inviting her to meet him at the Big Bear Cabin because he is divorcing Stephanie who has finally agreed to sign the divorce papers. What a strange coincidence! It is either soap opera’s plots don’t change that much or the men are lying and do actually watch soap operas behind women’s back. Female intuition says it is the latter.

On a serious note though, if so many people watch soap operas, doesn’t that put responsibility on the soapy production team to provide material that contributes positively towards the advancement of society? Therefore the question remains: Are local soap operas a true reflection of the current South Africa? More on this in Soap Operas True Reflection Of Current SA, Part 2.

Freshlyground – Südafrikas Musikexport

Freshlyground im Interview über Bandgeschichte, Musik und Deutschland

(Autorin: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Wer sich mit südafrikanischer Musik beschäftigt, der stößt relativ schnell auf „Freshlyground“, einer äußerst heterogen Band in vielerlei Hinsicht. Mit Afropop konnten diese Musiker (Zolani Mahola, Simon Attwell, Peter Cohen, Kyla Rose Smith, Julio „Gugs“ Sigauque, Josh Hawks und Seredeal „Shaggy“ Scheepers) den Geschmack vieler Musikfans aus Südafrika und dem Ausland treffen, sodass Freshlyground als Südafrikas Musikexport bezeichnet werden kann. Wir durften mit der Band sprechen.

© Freshlyground

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wir wollen bei „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ die populäre Band „Freshlyground“ begrüßen. Lasst uns zum Anfang zurückblicken: Freshlyground wurde 2002 gegründet und Ihr seid alle aus unterschiedlichen Generationen und habt verschiedene kulturelle Hintergründe. Erzählt mir etwas über diese multikulturelle Konstellation, wie habt Ihr Euch kennengelernt und warum wolltet Ihr die Band formieren?

Antwort: Wir haben uns alle um das Jahr 2002 in Kapstadt getroffen. Sieben Leute von uns sind in der Band. Wir haben verschiedene kulturelle Wurzeln und kommen aus verschiedenen Teilen des südlichen Afrikas sowie aus Mosambik und Simbabwe. Wir sind zudem unterschiedlichsten Alters, sodass dieser Mischmasch zur Vielfältigkeit unserer Gruppe beiträgt.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Hat Euer Name „Freshlyground“ eine besondere Bedeutung?

Antwort: Ich denke, dass wir in den 8 gemeinsamen Jahren mehr und mehr zu unserem Namen gekommen sind … bestrebt einen Sound zu schaffen, der einzigartig und sogar noch mit unserem Kontinent – Afrika – verbunden ist.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wie würdet Ihr die Musik beschreiben, die Ihr macht?

Antwort: Afropop…ein Mix aus verschiedensten Elementen, jedoch unter einem starken afrikanischen Einfluss und einer Sensibilität für Pop.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Versucht Ihr mit eurer Musik eine bestimmte Botschaft zu vermitteln? Oder ist das Hauptziel die Leute unterhalten und Ihnen ´´eine schöne Zeit zu geben„?

Antwort: Wir versuchen nicht etwas spezielles zu machen, aber ich denke, dass wir sehr sozial und politisch bewusste Individuen sind. Beschäftigt mit Situationen um uns herum und wie diese uns betreffen. Und ich denke, dass diese Themen in unserer Musik widergespiegelt werden. Ebenso wie die Liebe zu sich selbst und zu anderen. Wir möchten unserem Publikum einfach eine gute Zeit bescheren … dass die Leute mitsingen … und tanzen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Ihr seid derzeit einer der berühmtesten, wenn nicht sogar DER berühmteste und erfolgreichste Musikexport Südafrikas. Ihr habt bereits einige Preise gewonnen, reist durch die Welt und Ihr habt mit Shakira den Song zur diesjährigen Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Südafrika aufgeführt. Habt Ihr jemals solch einen Erfolg erwartet und was denkt Ihr ist der Grund dafür? Warum lieben die Menschen Eure Musik so sehr?

Antwort: Ich denke nicht, dass wir diesen Erfolg erwartet haben, jedoch haben wir sehr hart hierfür gearbeitet und Gott segnete uns auf diesem Weg mit Glück. Ich denke wir sind aufrichtig und das ist auch der Aspekt, weshalb wir so viele verschiedene Menschen erreichen.

Freshlyground in Concert, Song: Ma´Cheri

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Freshlyground – Ihr seid eine multikulturelle Band, die in unterschiedlichen Sprachen singt….Eigentlich scheint Ihr Südafrika, die sogenannte Regenbogennation, zu repräsentieren. Seht Ihr Euch als ein Musterbeispiel für das südafrikanische Volk oder seid Ihr eines für sie?

Antwort: Ich bin nicht nicht der Meinung, dass jemand über alle Menschen stehen möchte. Und wir machen einfach das, was uns Spaß macht sowie ist es eine wunderbare Sache, wenn somit so viele andere Menschen glücklich gemacht werden.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wo seht Ihr Freshlyground in ungefähr zehn Jahren und was sind Eure Ziele?

Antwort: Ich denke, wir würden gerne eine komplette Unabhängigkeit erlangen wollen.Vielleicht die Fähigkeit ein paar Monate im Jahr zusammenzukommen, um Musik zu konzipieren und einige Auftritte zu geben. Uns selber glücklich und zufrieden zu halten, ohne sich bis zur Erschöpfung verausgaben zu müssen. Es gibt noch so viel, dass man erreichen kann…Weltherrschaft!

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Welche Rolle spielt Deutschland und die deutsche Öffentlichkeit bei euren Bandaktivitäten?

Antwort: Das deutsche Publikum hat uns in den vergangenen vier oder fünf Jahren super unterstützt. Und wir verweilen während unserer etwa 3-Monatstournee in Europa oft in Deutschland.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Freshlyground, Afropop-Band aus Südafrika, vielen Dank für das Interview – ngiyabonga, danki and ke a leboga!

2010sdafrika-Artikel zum Musikprojekt „SHOUT SA“, an welchem auch Freshlyground beteiligt ist:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/musik-elite-sagt-kriminalitat-den-kampf-an/

Webseite von Freshlyground:

http://www.freshlyground.com/

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Interview with Freshlyground  about band story, music and Germany

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Who is dealing with South African music, will encounter rapidly „Freshlyground“, an acutely band in many senses. With Afro pop this band (Zolani Mahola, Simon Attwell, Peter Cohen, Kyla Rose Smith, Julio „Gugs“ Sigauque, Josh Hawks und Seredeal „Shaggy“ Scheepers) is meeting the taste of many music fans from South Africa and abroad. Freshlyground could be tagged as South Africas music export. We had the possibility to speak with this band.

© Freshlyground

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome the popular band „Freshlyground“ on our German gateway to South Africa, „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. Let us start at the beginning: Freshlyground came into existence in 2002 and all of you are from different generations and have diverse cultural backgrounds. Tell me about this multicultural constellation, how did u meet and what was the reason you wanted to form the band?

Answer: We all met in Cape Town around 2002. There are seven of us in the band. We are from diverse cultural backgrounds and different parts of Southern Africa as well as Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We are also of varying ages so all this mish mash contributes to the diversity of our group.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Does your name „Freshlyground„ have a special meaning?

Answer: I think that over the 8 years we have been together we have more and more become our name … wanting to create a sound that is unique and yet also routed in our continent, Africa.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How would you describe the kind of music you are playing?

Answer: Afro pop….a mix of many different things but with a strong African influence as well as pop sensibility.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you try to convey a certain message with your music? Or is your aim mainly to entertain the people and to ´´give them a good time„?

Answer: We don’t try to do anything specifically but I think we are very socially/politically aware individuals. Concerned with situations around us and how they affect us. And I think that these themes do crop up in our music. As well as a strong message of love of self and others. We also just like to give our audience a very good time … a good sing along … a great dance.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are currently one of the most famous, if not THE most famous and successful music „export„ from South Africa. You have already won several awards, you are touring the world and it was you who made the song for this years world cup, which you performed together with Shakira. Have you ever expected to have such a success and what do you think is the reason for it? Why do people love your music so much?

Answer: I don’t think we expected the success but we have worked very hard for it as well as being blessed with good luck on the way. I think we are sincere and that is why we appeal to so many different kinds of people.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Freshlyground – You are multicultural and you sing in different languages … Actually you seem to represent South Africa, so-called rainbow-nation, do you see yourselves as a kind of example for the South African people, or would you like to be one for them?

Answer: I don’t think anyone wants to be everything for all people. And we are mearly doing what makes us happy and it is a wonderful thing that it makes so many other people happy as well.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Where do you see Freshlyground in about 10 years time and what are your aims that you still want to achieve?

Answer: I think we would like to achieve total independance. Perhaps the ability to come together just for a few months a year to write music and do a few shows a year. Keep ourselves happy and fulfilled while not burning out. There are so many things we can still achieve…..world domination!

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which role is Germany as well as the German public taking in your band activities?

Answer: The German audience has supported us fantastically for the last four or five years and we spend about 3 months a year touring in Europe and a lot of that time is in Germany.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Freshlyground, afropop band from South Africa, thank you very much for the interview – ngiyabonga, danki and ke a leboga!

Website of Freshlyground:

http://www.freshlyground.com/

Mbongeni Buthelezi – South African artist

Mit Abfällen aus Townships ausdrucksfähige Kunst schaffen – ´Made in South Africa´

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, 1965 in Newcastle/ Südafrika geboren, ist Johannesburger Künstler.  Er zählt zu diejenigen, die soziale Missstände in Südafrika thematisieren und mit künsterlischen Ideen kombinieren, um auf diesem Wege eine öffentliche Diskussion in Gang zu setzen. Ungeachtet dessen, unterscheidet sich jeder Künstler in der Umsetzungsform. Buthelezi entschied sich hierbei für die Methode „Müll ist Kunst“, in welcher er für seine künstlerische Arbeit Abfälle aus den Townships benutzt. Besonders natürliche Formen und Landschaften bedienen sich seinem großem Interesse. Zudem unterhält Mbongeni Buthelezi zahlreiche Kontakte nach Deutschland, sodass das Südafrika-Portal erfreut ist, ihn zu interviewen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, wir freuen uns Sie bei „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ interviewen zu dürfen. In Ihrer Arbeit verwenden sie Abfall, um Kunst zu schaffen. Welche Bedeutung hat der Müll für Sie dabei?

Antwort: Seit fast zwanzig Jahren verwende ich Plastik als Medium meiner Botschaft.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Was möchten Sie mit Ihrer Kunst ausdrücken?

Antwort: Durch meine Kunst wollte ich schon immer Hoffnung vermitteln. Sehen Sie, ich komme aus einem Land (Südafrika), wo es sehr viel Hoffnungslosigkeit gibt, einfach aufgrund unserer Geschichte. Durch die Apartheid kam es zu vielen Ungerechtigkeiten und Aufspaltungen unter den Südafrikanern. Die Menschen verloren die Hoffnung auf eine Änderung dieser Situation. Sie waren hoffnungslos hinsichtlich Politik, Gesellschaft und anderen Gebieten. Ich glaube, dass einige Menschen irgendwann nicht mehr daran geglaubt haben, jemals ein besseres und würdiges Leben zu führen. Deshalb bin ich der Überzeugung, dass ich mit meiner Arbeit Hoffnung spende, damit die Menschen realisieren, dass man so viele Möglichkeiten hat aus dem Nichts zu einem besseren Leben zu gelangen. Das bedeutet einfach, dass man durch Kunst in der Lage ist, sein Leben zu verändern sowie zum Wohle der Welt etwas Positives beizutragen und dabei noch seinen Abgang durch Recycling aufrichtig zu gestalten.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Uns ist Ihre Zusammenarbeit mit deutschen Institutionen zu Ohren gekommen, wie z.B. „Kunst: Raum Sylt-Quelle“, „Atelierhaus Höherweg e.V.“ oder „Galerie Seippel“. Was ist der Grund für diese enge Verbindung und wie würden Sie diese beschreiben?

Antwort: Neben den eben von Ihnen genannten Institutionen habe ich außerdem mit dem „Museum for African Art“ in New York sowie der „National Cultural Foundation“ in Barbados zusammengearbeitet. Meinen ersten Kontakt mit Deutschland hatte ich, als ich eine Professorin der Universität Bielefeld traf, Dr. Irene Below, die mich an das Atelierhaus Höherweg in Düsseldorf vermittelte. Sie organisierte mir für vier Monate eine Unterkunft, sodass ich Bekanntschaft mit vielen deutschen Künstlern machte: Ansgar Skiba, Klaus Klinger, Catharina Grosse und viele mehr. Skiba stellte mir Dr. Ralf Seippel von der Gallerie Seippel in Köln vor. Seitdem sind er und ich enge Freunde und wir haben in Südafrika in einer „Two Man Show“ und in der Gallerie Seippel unsere Ausstellung gezeigt.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Sie sind viele Male in Deutschland gewesen. Welche Eindrücke haben Sie von Deutschland als Land und vielleicht von deutschen Künstlern gewinnen können?

Antwort: Genau, ich bin schon oft in Deutschland gewesen und habe wirklich so viel von deutscher Kunst und deutschen Künstlern gelernt. Wichtige Eigenschaften sind zum Beispiel „Engagement, Ernsthaftigkeit und Leidenschaft“. Ich glaube, diese sind der Schlüssel zum Erfolg; ohne sie hat man keine Chance im Kunstgeschäft.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Die Stadtverwaltung von Johannesburg versucht Kunst dazu zu nutzen, um die Lebensbedingungen in den Problemgebieten zu verbessern. Was denken Sie darüber bzw. sind Sie selber sogar involviert?

Antwort: Dies ist ein guter Zug und ein positiver Schritt in die richtige Richtung. Doch ist es zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt noch zu wenig, um große Auswirkungen zu erzielen. Ja, ich bin bzw. war involviert in einem Projekt, welches das neue Bus Terminal betraf, jedoch nicht darüber hinaus. Ich glaube auch, dass man nicht voreingenommen sein sollte stets die gleichen Künstler für jedes Projekt auszuwählen. Johannesburg hat so viele gute Künstler, aber es fallen immer wieder die gleichen Namen. Damit habe ich ein Problem. Außerdem weiß ich nicht, unter welchen Gesichtspunkten diese Künstler ausgewählt werden, um bestimmte Kunstprojekte zu betreiben  – nicht nur für die Stadt sondern für das gesamte Land. Ich bin mir auch nicht sicher, von wem die Künstler von diesen Projekten informiert werden.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Sie sind ein Vertreter der afrikanischen Kunst im Interesse der schwarzen Bevölkerung. Wie würden Sie die südafrikanische Kunst kategorisieren und hat die Regenbogennation eine nationale Kunsttradition?

Antwort: Ich würde mir selber nicht erlauben Kunst zu kategorisieren, weil ich immer geglaubt habe, dass Kunst immer Kunst bleiben wird und jeder ein Recht darauf hat, diese zu kritisieren, anzuerkennen und zu würdigen. ,,Die Schönheit liegt im Auge des Betrachters“.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, Künstler aus Johannesburg, herzlichen Dank für das Interview!

Mbongeni Buthelezi´s Werke in der Seippel Galerie Köln Johannesburg:

http://www.seippel.eu/cologne/buthelezi.php

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VIRTUELLE GALERIE/ VIRTUAL GALLERY

Nachstehend sind einige Kunstwerke von Mbongeni Buthelezi abgebildet. Die 2010sdafrika-Redaktion möchte sich ganz herzlich bei der  Seippel Galerie Köln Johannesburg für die Bereitstellung dieses Bildmaterials bedanken!

Given below are arts of Mbongeni Buthelezi. The 2010sdafrika-editorial staff want to thank the Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg for providing us these graphical material!

© Mbongeni Buthelezi, 3 Boys, 2009, plastic on plastic, 186 x 272 cm, courtesy of Seippel Gallery Cologne, Johannesburg

© Mbongeni Buthelezi, Church, 2008, sepia, plastic on plastic, 370 x 244 cm, courtesy Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg

© Mbongeni Buthelezi, For sale, 2008, plastic on plastic, 370 x 244 cm, courtesy of Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg

© Mbongeni Buthelezi, Hulaa Hoop I, 2007, plastic on plastic, 275 x 185 cm, courtesy Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg

© Mbongeni Buthelezi, Imizwa yami, my feelings, ( Black and white series), 2007, plastic on plastic, 140 x 78 cm, courtesy Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg

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To create with waste from townships expressive artworks – ´Made in South Africa´

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, born 1965 in Newcastle/ South Africa, is an artist from Johannesburg. He is counting to these artists, who are thematise social drawbacks in South Africa and combining these with artistic ideas, for generating a public conversation.  However, each one is distinguishable by the kind of implementation. Buthelezi decided to use the method „waste is art“, by utilizing refuse from the townships for his artistic works. Especially organic bodies and landscapes are in his great interest. Additionally, Mbongeni Buthelezi is maintaining various relations to Germany, so that the German gateway to South Africa is happy to interview him.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, we are happy to interview you on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste„. In your work you are using waste for making arts. Which significance is waste taking in your profession as artist?

Anwer: For almost twenty years I’ve been using plastics as my medium of expression to conveying message.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you would like to describe the message of your work?

Anwer: The message I“ve always wanted to put across with my work is the one of „hope“. Look, I’m from a country (SouthAfrica) where  there is a lot of hopelessness simply because of the history where we are coming from. Apartheid created a lot of injustices and divisions amongst South Africans and therefore people lost a lot of hope in the process. People lost hope in almost everything politically, socially and otherwise. I believe at some point people never thought that  they will ever be able to leave  a better and descent one day. I therefore believe that my work gives hope in the sense that somehow some people realize that  there is so much that one can do from nothing to change his life for the better. This simply means that through art one can be able to change his life and be able to contribute to the world in a positive way and yet make a fair and descent leaving for himself through recycling.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We have taken notice of your cooperation with German institutions, such as „Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle“, „Atelierhaus Höherweg e.V.“ or „Galerie Seippel“. Why are you working so closely with German counterparts and how would you like to describe this cooperation?

Anwer: Besides the institutions you have mentioned I“ve also worked with the Museum for African Art in New York as well as the National Cultural Foundation in Barbados, just to name a few. My first contact with Germany was when I met a professor from the University of Bielefeld , Dr Irene Below and she is the one who brought me into contact with Atelierhaus Höherweg in Dusseldorf. She organized a residency for me for four months and thats how I came into contact with a lot of people German artists Ansgar Skiba, Klaus Klinger, Catharina Grosse and many more. Skiba introduced me to Dr Ralf Seippel of the Gallery Seippel in Köln/ Cologne and we have since became very good friends and we have even shown together in South Africa in a „Two Man Show“ and gallery Seippel ,our gallery.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You have been many times in Germany. Which impressions do you have taken from Germany as a country and maybe from German arts?

Anwer: I“ve been to Germany many times, yes its true and I have learned so much from German art and artists. For example, one important lesson is „commitment, seriousness and passion“ I believe these are the key ingrediences to any successfull artist, you loose this points you mare out in the arts business.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: The Municipality of Johannesburg is trying to use arts for improve the life conditions in the problem areas of this city. How would you evaluate these efforts or are you involving in this really interesting project?

Anwer: This is a very positive move and good step towards the right direction but its too little at this point to make a meaniful impact. Yes I am or was involved in one project that involved the new bus terminals and nothing more.  I also believe that people shouldnt be biased and use the same artists for every project. Johannesburg have so many good artists but the same names are being used over and over again, for me this is a problem. I also don“t know what is the criteria that is being used to select artists to do certain projects not only for the municipality but for the entire country. I am also not too sure how are artists get informed about such projects and by who.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a representative of African Arts you are targeting „black interests“. How do you would like to specify South African art and does the rainbow nation has a national art tradition?

Anwer: I wouldnt really allow myself to categorise art and put certain labels on it because I have always believed that art will remain art and everyone has a right to critic, aknowledge and appreciate. “ The beauty of it lies on the eyes of the beholder‘.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, artist from Johannesburg, thank you very much for the interview!

Mbongeni Buthelezi´s arts at Seippel Gallery Cologne Johannesburg:

http://www.seippel.eu/cologne/buthelezi.php