Mduduzi supporters from Ebuhleni on the left, with Vela supporters from the Thembezinhle group on the right, Pietermaritzburg High Court, October 2017

New Leader for the Shembe Church?

Just when we thought that things were finally settled it seems that the battle for the leadership of the Shembe Church is about to begin all over again! Judgement in the case bought by Mduduzi Shembe, the son of Vimbeni Shembe, who passed away in 2011, has just been ruled on in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court. […]

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Phind’ ukhulume Moya Oyingcwele

Ihubo elithi Phind’ Ukhulume Moya Oyingcwele lingelinye adume kakhulu iNingizimu Afrika yonke. Le ngoma ingomuntu onxenxa uMdali, emucela ukuba akhulume naye. Kuleli hubo umuntu uyazithoba kuMvelingqangi ngokuqonda indlela yakhe yonke iyazeka Esihlalweni sobukhosi, useyancenga-ke manje ufisa ukwazi ukuthi ngabe impilo yakhe izothatha yiphi indlela.   Ama-lyrics aleli hubo: Phind’ ukhulume Moya Oyingcwele Phind’ ukhulume Nkosi […]

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Zulu ‘Cutlery’ and ‘Crockery’

The Phansi Museum in Glenwood is having a sale of some of their woven and beaded artefacts from Msinga, and it got us thinking about how different (and wonderful!) African ‘cutlery’ and ‘crockery’ is. Historically, these items would have been made from either straw, clay or wood and would have been referred to as ezotshom, ezobumba and ezokhum respectively. Thing […]

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Balobedu Rain Queen elect, Masalanabo Modjadji

Rain Queen Modjadji VII

Last Saturday marked a historic occasion for the Balobedu people with the ushering in of their new Rain Queen, Masalanabo Modjadji. At the tender age of thirteen Modjadji remains the Queen elect until such time as she has come of age, but her confirmation as the first officially recognised African Queen in more than forty years is an important […]

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