The month-long Womandla Problem led by the Katlehong Children, who now have nearly three million views of their Jerusalema dance problem video on YouTube, lights up the streets of Maboneng in downtown Joburg each Sunday in August – Girls’s Month – in assist of weak ladies and kids.
Each Sunday in August 2020, the streets of Maboneng – which in seSotho means “place of sunshine” – in downtown Johannesburg spring to life, and resonate with the kaleidoscopic pictures and syncopated sounds of the scorching Katlehong Children. The dance troupe has racked up nearly three million views of its #Jerusalemachallenge on YouTube because it leads activists, artists and catalysts to assemble (masked up and social distanced) in celebration of a month-long nationwide and international #womandlachallenge to honour South Africa’s heroic ladies, previous and current.
The #womandladancechallenge, which goals to turn out to be a worldwide viral fundraising phenomenon, is without doubt one of the many fundraising initiatives which have emerged since lockdown, and goals to be enjoyable, accessible and inclusive. It’s a venture of the Interior Metropolis Group Motion Community (CAN) Collective. The group motion networks (CANs) are a part of the various civil society and non-profit community-based organisations which have emerged throughout the nation as unfastened alliances, with many established non-profits because the arrival of Covid-19, specializing in group help and catastrophe reduction (feeding, schooling, private protecting gear and clothes).
The #womandlachallenge is a hybrid of two international actions: the #jerusalemachallenge that has made international stars of @masterKG and @Nomcebozikode. – who’ve additionally been nominated by Minister of Sport, Arts and Tradition Nathi Mthethwa as “South African international cultural ambassadors” – and a brand new road artwork motion, rising with the Black Lives Matter protests within the US.
For the #womandlajerusalemachallenge, organisations – civil society, group, industrial, public sector, faith-based and household – are inspired to masks up, practise social distance and put their finest dancing toes ahead. They’re then inspired to add a video of their efficiency to social media, donate a nominal quantity per particular person or staff, and problem their friends to do the identical.
The second aspect within the problem will stay indelibly etched on the streets of Maboneng – as a road artwork piece. The phrase WOMANDLA was painted on the tarmac of Fox Road by native artists and group volunteers over the course of three days main as much as Girls’s Day. The signal is seen from above and has already been built-in into native music movies. The mural was impressed by the Black Lives Matter road sign up downtown Seattle within the US, and we hope that it’s going to turn out to be as celebrated because the latter.
The #womandlachallenge launched on 9 August 2020 in Maboneng, live-streaming on Fb with a really scorching dance efficiency by the Enzo Dance Academy, plus a shifting poetry tribute to ladies by South African Africa slam poet champion Thuthukani Myeza, and a heartfelt gusty solo by Jo Stuart, who will be heard at Maboneng each Sunday.
The occasion was a end result of a @cityofcourage run by means of town by gender activist Luke Lamprecht accompanied by his groups from @fightwithinsight and @nirvana, two of the beneficiaries of this fundraiser that work with youth within the inside metropolis. Different beneficiaries embrace Girls and Males In opposition to Little one Abuse and Afrika Awake. The run took them previous outstanding public artworks celebrating South African ladies.
Because the marketing campaign rolls out on Instagram, YouTube and different social media, the Katlehong Children have agreed to return to Maboneng each Sunday in August at 11am and will probably be coaching public and group easy methods to bop and transfer to #Jerusalema. The Katlehong Children troupe works locally of Katlehong, coaching youngsters in dance, gymnastics and motion, and is the initiative of Enzo Thathohatsi Musi of Enzo Dance Academy. Their weekly performances on the colourful mural embrace native skate boarders and group – and whoever arrives on the Sunday – and have even included Maverick Citizen’s Mark Heywood in operating gear.
For the organisers, nonetheless, probably the most thrilling aspect of the venture is the emergence of a staff of art-ivists – established artists and passing members of the group – who gathered across the venture, volunteering their abilities for portray for the launch occasion, and past.
The art work was a really inclusive course of. Supplies and the house had been allotted by the brand new precinct administration staff. The outlines of the WOMANDLA brand had been accomplished over two days by tattoo artist Mojalefa Mjakes Molefe and his assistant on the tarred highway beneath a not too long ago unveiled mural by Bongani Mahlati depicting a pantheon of African ladies musicians, commissioned by BazArt for Apple iTunes.
Road artists who volunteered their time and expertise, adopting one of many eight letters in Womandla, embrace:
W- Dumisani Jere, who offered total artwork course and painted and designed the letter W replete with Good day Kitties and extra.
O- Self-trained visible artist Yolanda Mazwana, whose work focuses on female types, was chargeable for the voluptuous O letter.
M- House Manufacturing director QueenKatZA managed the geometric M letter with the assistance of two younger skate boarders, Andile and Bonginkosi, wielding paint rollers;
A – Amaha, who stopped previous and adopted the letter A, making it a homage to ladies in Ethiopian Amharic letters studying Girl, Mom, Earth.
N – Bilal LBC rolled with the N, assisted by Andile, and Maboneng’s precinct safety supervisor Sthembiso.
D – Zee, not too long ago relocated from Cape City, was strolling previous, and took possession of the letter D.
LA – The L and the A had been overseen by Bilal, with Sthembiso, Andile and Tristan, who met Dumisani in design faculty, finishing the enclosed coronary heart in vibrant orange and electrical inexperienced.
And because the art work grew and took on deeper which means, native road entrepreneur and photographer Sbu of SoFly joined the venture early on the Friday as videographer. His branded swag – created on Saturday night time – was worn by the dancers on the Sunday. The younger skate boarders Andile and Bonginkosi had been a continuing supply of inspiration and assist, with ‘Nkosi growing a brand new ability set as he took to working a skateboard and handheld digital camera concurrently. The ultimate coup de grace was courtesy of a passing drone proprietor, Ngoyi, who volunteered his drone footage of the rising mural to the venture, offering a perspective of Maboneng and the WOMANDLA art work that many received’t get to see.
The #womandlachallenge will proceed all through August – on Sundays for 40 individuals and 24/7 in our on-line world – as increasingly organisations are urged take up the problem and donate to the trigger. The artists and organisers are planning on #womandlachallenge flash mob performances as they acquire followers all through the month. DM/MC
Kathy Berman is a group catalyst and alter activist. Her work ranges from incubation and acceleration to group activation and celebration.
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