A Hidden Talent in The Ghetto

By Palesa Mlambo

The talents that take place in ghettos are often hidden, happening behind the corners of the streets. There is an insufficient exhibition to showcase the hidden talents in shady ghettos. In Kagiso, it is hard to find local artists’ talents getting exposure, but the birth of Art On Sundays (AOS) has revealed different kinds of talents on many unthinkable communities.

The AOS get a number of local artists to perform on a Sunday afternoon, have a good time and spend time together as locals. Artists such as Tebogo Serake and Sizwe Mashinini had once performed on AOS.

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Encore performing one of their adulated hit. Photo credit: Instagram of the BrokenStool

We can all agree that our communities are full of undiscovered talent and overwhelming artistry. Artists such as Nhlanhla from the singing group Mafikizolo, comedians such as Skhumba and Tall Ass Mo are evidence of this hidden talent.  If we do not expose ourselves then we would be wasting away our God given talents.

One way to expose or unearth these gifts and talents is through initiatives such as the Arts On Sundays. Besides exposing talents, it also serves as an opportunity to know one another as members of the same community, an opportunity to encourage and inspire one another. It is an opportunity to unwind and enjoy good entertainment after a long week of hustling.

The AOS is a baby project from Brokenstool that started in February 2015. The idea was to get a community of creatives together and share their craft in the prospects to be discovered. AOS invites various industry names to share their time and talents every first Sunday of the month. AOS is a live and unplugged event, everything is nondigital. It creates an ambiance that is mellow and beautiful which allows people to be their true artistry with very little limitations.

“It is always so beautiful to see the numbers growing each month, people showcasing their work, and we bring the community together every once in a while,” said Lunga Duma one of the founders of Brokenstool events management.

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Lunga Duma, last week Sunday in kagiso on Art On Sundays

The ultimate goal for the AOS is to infuse a little digital in order to grow the audience but also to keep the momentum going. The aim is to move into corporate and other sectors and put Kagiso on the entertainment map.

A local AOS supporter, Lindiwe Dhlomo said, “I find that the Art On Sundays is gradually growing each month and this is no surprise because our community needs events of this sort. People I’ve known for years go on stage and give great performances and I didn’t even know they could sing, that is what AOS is about, bringing everyone together.”

This article was first published by the Open Journal and it is republished with the permission of the Open Journal.

Ghetto Meets Art

By: Palesa Mlambo

The Poet Come Alive (PCA) talks to Lunga Duma, a founder of the brokenstool, founder of the Mthombeni photography and co-owner at the skhokho_mina_fashion&style. He studied hospitality at the South West Gauteng TVET College. He lives in Mogale city, Kagsio. The brokenstool gave birth to the art on Sunday initiative which takes place every 1st Sunday of the month around Kagiso.  The art on Sunday gets a number of local artists to perform on a Sunday afternoon and just have a good time and spend time together as locals.

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Lunga Duma at his home in Kagiso.

Please share with us briefly what AOS is about?

 The arts on Sunday (AOS) is a baby project from Brokenstool that started in February 2015. The idea was to get a community of creatives to get together and share their craft in the prospects to be discovered. We invite various industry names to share their time with us every first Sunday of the month.

What made you decide to start this initiative?

Initially we wanted to have jam sessions but the idea was bigger than just that so we created a lifestyle movement for the Westrand

What impact does AOS have on the community, have you received any positive feedback?

It is always so beautiful to see the numbers every month, people show casing their work, and we bring the community together every once in a while…

What challenges have you encountered?

We usually have financial issues when it comes to execution after planning, because we pull from our own pockets which sometimes makes it hard to host consistently

What sets AOS apart from the other art related events that take place in kagiso?

Art on Sunday is live and unplugged, everything is non digital we create an ambiance that is mellow and beautiful that allows people to be their true artistry with very little limitations.

Any future plans for the art on Sunday?

We are looking to infuse a little digital into the mix to grow the audience but also to keep the momentum going. We want to go into corporate and other sectors, we are looking at putting kagiso on the #entertainment map.