As part of our journey into documenting African Spirituality and shedding light on the nature of holistic healing, we have found ourselves immersed in the beauty of healing through drumming, singing and dancing.
On the 17th of August 2019, we hosted a Bangoma event to celebrate drumming, singing and dancing within African Spirituality. Drumming is the foundation of African Spirituality as it is believed to invoke the spirit of our ancestors. In the Bangoma video below, Mkhulu Bhekizitha performs a Nguni song that speaks to a myriad of emotions and challenges that one faces when journeying the road to their inner divinity. The meaning of this song is layered and carries several meanings across the nation. This performance is a showcase of pure spiritual expression.
On this day, some of our favourite spiritual musicians performed music that moved, healed and inspired the attendees of the Bangoma event. They spoke words of encouragement to those travelling the journey into African Spirituality and those who have travelled the journey, looking for a sense of community. The opportunity for these positive vibes to be shared and expressed began on the 1st of August 2019, when we gathered the Bangoma musicians (Pepsin Montse a.k.a Mkhulu Mkhanyakude, Blondie Makhene a.k.a Mkhulu Philip and Siphiwe Ndlanzi a.k.a Mkhulu Bhekizitha), to discuss this event – which would be the first of it’s kind in Africa.
The meeting was conducted during the evening in Mkhulu Bhekizitha’s ndumba (a safe space where he conducts his healing practise). It was filmed spontaneously, as we had not anticipated the explosion of beautiful music that was made in the ndumba. The following video contains footage that was captured during this meeting.
Rhythm and song are a natural part of who we are as Africans. The music that we have been capturing for this documentary is a showcase of our natural ability to connect with our inner divinity through this outlet. It empowers us to acknowledge the gifts and talents that were passed onto us by our ancestors. It uplifts our spirits and reminds us of our greatness, despite the many phases of struggle and oppression that we have faced and triumphed as African people. It teaches us that we are unbreakable and that we do not die – we only multiply.
The importance of music in African Spirituality is highlighted by Blondie Makhene (a.k.a Mkhulu Philip), in a speech from the following Behind The Scenes snippet of the ‘Africa’s Hidden History’ documentary. Blondie is a South African music veteran who inspired millions of South Africans during the apartheid struggle and has continued to advocate for the rights of African musicians to this day.
We encourage talented musicians walking this journey to freely express their spirituality through this outlet, as music is able to heal our wounds on many different levels. We embrace and celebrate Bangoma musicians by documenting their stories and sharing their journeys on our platform. More stories and music can be found on our YouTube channel and IGTV. There is plenty upcoming content on these musicians on our channels as well as in our upcoming ‘Africa’s Hidden History’ documentary, directed by Zanemvula Tsabedze. The DVD of the full Bangoma Music Event is sponsored by AfroBotanics and will be available for purchase soon. Thokozani!