Song of the Soil

The Zulu clay pot, or ukhamba, is something very special indeed. Not only are these pots very striking to look at, but they permeate a sense of Zulu culture and are steeped in history, with all sorts of traditions associated with them. Most typically the pots are made by women, and are used to drink … Read more

Durban Living Legend – Dudley ‘Bra Dudley’ Dlamini

Dudley Dlamini was born in Umzinto in 1931 and moved to Glebelands, South of Durban. He started playing trumpet at the tender age of 19¬†years. He played for the “Mezzow Swing Band” which was based at Umlazi. In 1956, he joined Modern Masters Band, and they played mostly at the hostels. He spent five years … Read more

Over the Rainbow

The Ulwazi Programme is run by the eThekweni Municipality’s Library Services, and as such we tend to focus on stories local to the municipality, but sometimes things outside of the region catch our attention, like the Over the Rainbow exhibition currently on at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG). Acknowledging the imbalance in its collection, during … Read more

Threads to Freedom

Artist Amita Makan may not be from Durban, but the stories that she weaves through her embroideries and paintings tell an important story for all South Africans. Her current exhibition, Nomalungelo: Threads to Freedom, pays homage to three female South African icons – Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuku and Brenda Fassie – in recognition of the … Read more

Mlu Zondi – Dancer, Performance Artist

34-year old Durban born-and-bred Mlu Zondi is the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for dance. This dynamic, out-of-the-box performer moves seamlessly between the stage, gallery and public spaces, and challenges the boundaries of the dance discipline with his cutting edge performance art, video and multimedia installations. “As a young artist, winning this award … Read more