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An albino maiden poses with other young women in advance of the Zulu Zulu Reed Dance

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: December

While all eyes are on Africa and talk of an African Renaissance abounds, there are still many naysayers out there who view African customs and traditions as archaic or primitive. This month Nkosikhona Duma set about debunking some of the myths, and correcting the inaccuracies that surround issues such as traditional healers, and the early development of […]

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Performers at the 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: November

Every year, as part of their African Music and Dance Programme, the University of KwaZulu-Natal hosts the African Cultural Calabash. Started in 2006, the annual concert combines the wonders of African cuisine with performances from local musicians who wow guests with everything from contemporary isicathamiya acts to renditions of tarditionals compositions from the likes of the late Princess […]

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Ulwazi Fieldworkers: October

While the topics covered by our fieldworkers this month were wide and varied, the majority of the stories had a dominant theme, that of performance art. Whether it’s a poem bemoaning the prevalence of gender-based violence in South Africa, or a recording of young children singing songs while they play traditional games, Zulu speakers celebrate […]

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Nkosikhona Duma

Introducing Nkosikhona

The work that Nkosikhona Duma carries out as a fieldworker for the Ulwazi Programme is the perfect extension of his academic studies, which focus on communication and culture. Nkosikhona holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with majors in Community Development and Media and Cultural Studies, and is currently enrolled as a BSc Honours student in the […]

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Introducing Siboniso

Siboniso Mbongisen Langa has been part of the Ulwazi team for the past two years, contributing articles every month in his role as a fieldworker. In addition to being a contributing author for the Ulwazi Programme, Siboniso is also a practicing poet and Development Practitioner, and works as an intern at the National Heritage Council. […]

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Ulwazi Fieldworkers: August

Buildings tell us a great deal about civilisation. Where a kitchen is situated in relation to the rest of a house; how close homes are built to each other; whether there are quarters for livestock close by – architecture offers us a multitude of clues about how people live or lived. Nearly half of the […]

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