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Meet Ska, a Victoria Falls rights artist behind ‘HER’ film

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BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI 

VicFallsLive caught up with Skhanyisiwe Sebata, popularly known as Ska, a multi-talented creative artist based in the rural outskirts of Victoria Falls under Chief Mvuthu 

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Ska from Jabulani Village is part of a new generation of creative, social and impact entrepreneurs and is passionate about social justice and  sustainability. 

She is a contemporary human rights advocate, working on cross-cutting human rights issues through multiple artistic dimensions and has recently released a film called HER which speaks to her daily advocacy. 

VicFallsLive lined up a set of questions, and below are the extracts of the outcome. 

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(N. D) How can you describe your type of art?

(SKA) As a multi creative, I use multiple art forms that include fashion, poetry, visual art and film. I fuse all these art forms to create different narratives and stories.

(N. D) When would you say marked the beginning of your arts career?

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(SKA) I have always been artistic from a tender age. I would actually say it is innate. I’m a creative explorer so I like to experiment a lot. 

(N. D) Can you tell us about your recent achievements.

(SKA) Since the beginning of my career I have received several awards for fashion and art. These include The Heritage style award,The Diamond Scissors award. I am a two time winner of the PPC Imaginarium awards, in 2018 as a runner up and in 2019 as the overall winner in fashion. I have also received the Ignite Youth award For Creativity from Ignite Youth Organisation. 

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My film HER – A Disintegrated Notion which is produced by Magamba and supported by Accountability Lab has been showcased on multiple platforms such as the European Union’s He For She Campaign, United Nations Population Fund Education Plus Initiative For World Aids Day and various platforms in Zimbabwe through Accountability Lab in the US Embassy. 

It has also been part of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and showcased in various festivals locally, at Bokola Film Festival and at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. It has also made it to screenings in Zambia, Ethiopia where I was nominated to represent Zimbabwe in October at the Africa Fashion  Reception at the African Union, India,  Netherlands as well as in New Zealand. 

The film has also been nominated at this year’s Bulawayo Art awards in the Outstanding Short Film category. Another film I did called One In Three supported by One Billion Rising was selected for screening at the just ended International Images Film Festival for Women, a festival run by Tsitsi Dangarembwa.

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(N. D) What targets have you set for yourself in this competition?

(SKA) More than just being a household name I want my work to be associated with positive change within rural and marginalized communities. I want to be able to create art that resonates with the everyday lived realities of these communities, especially women and youth.

(N. D) What challenges do you face as an upcoming artist?

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(SKA) The issue of adequate resources is a big one for emerging artists. My work requires certain tools of the trade and those are not easy to come by. 

It is also difficult to penetrate a male dominated field. 

(N. D)What targets have you set for yourself as an artist?

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(SKA) I am not yet done exploring the different dimensions  of art and I want to see just how far my creativity can go. 

I definitely want to take on more International projects and that is what I will be focusing on in the coming year. I’m also planning on setting up a Women’s Gallery in Rural Victoria Falls which focuses on women living in rural areas who are creating from a cultural heritage perspective. 

(N. D) Where can people find your work?

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(SKA) My  work is available online. A simple search of my name Ska Sebata or Sikhanyisiwe Sebata will bring out pages with different links to various works and articles.

My Film is available to watch on YouTube: HER- A Disintegrated Notion by Sikhanyisiwe Sebata. 

(N. D) Besides creating, what else do you do to earn a living?

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(SKA) I work for an organisation based in rural Victoria Falls called Rise N Shine Trust as the media Manager.

The organisation focuses on creating new Pathways for learning for rural and marginalised young people and women using art in all its forms. 

We run girls’ clubs that focus on mainstreaming gender into development and boys clubs that focus on supporting women and girls’ empowerment as well as equal opportunities.

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We currently have over 240 members from as young as six years old to 30 years of age from different villages and farming areas in the district of Hwange.

Those who want to be a part of our initiatives can email: risenshinetrust@gmail.com

Ska is also a Trust Young Women Rising alumni, an Accountability Lab Zimbabwe Film Fellowship, a Mandela Washington Fellowship beneficiay and Academy For Women Entrepreneurs as well as an Arts in Medicine fellow for 2022. 

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‘Sigiya Ngolwethu’ Nkayi author pens a Zimsec setbook novel

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A Nkayi man has set himself on a mission to revive the Ndebele language through storytelling which has seen one of his novels being selected as Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) setbooks. 

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Born in 1982, Zibusiso Lima says he developed passion for story telling while doing his education at Dimpamiwa Primary School and Hlangabeza High School in Nkayi, Matabeleland North Province where he used to score good marks in fiction writing.

He says he began exploring his talent in 1998 when he was doing his form three. 

“I am a writer who aims to revive the Ndebele language,”Lima said in an interview with VicFallsLive 

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“I write fiction  based on what’s happening  in the world around us today. 

“I used to score good marks in Ndebele compositions so this coupled with my passion for reading Ndebele novels by the time, compelled me to explore more about this industry.”

Lima recently published his first book titled, ‘Kodwa mama!’ being recognised by the Zimsec as a literature prose set book for November 2024 to November 2026.

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“Other than Kodwa mama!, I have co-authored anthologies of poetry titled Sigiya ngolwethu, Izwi lezimbongi and short stories titled Izigigaba zakwaNdongaziyaduma,” Lima revealed. 

Lima says he drew his  inspiration from the late veteran author Ndabezinhle S. Sigogo and before his passing, he encouraged him to do more in preserving the Ndebele language. 

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” I vividly remember the day I met him at his Tshabalala home in Bulawayo, he encouraged me to do more,” Lima said. 

“Ngiyajabula ukubona intsha isukuma iqedisa umsebenzi esawuqalayo. Ibambeni kanjalo, kithi selingomtsha wendoda. (I am happy to see the younger generation taking up what we started, even if our time is up, it is up to you to you continue with the work) those were his last  his words.”

Kodwa mama! brings a lesson about faithfulness and honesty, particularly required of women to their partners to avoid broken marriages. 

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Lima says through his works, his wish is to inspire youths to utilize their  their leasure time doing something that is productive.

“For a living, I am employed by one of the companies in South Africa and doing most of my writing during my spare time,”

“Driven by the passion to revive our indigenous languages, it is my major aim to see more upcoming authors being assisted in realising their dream. In this regard i desire to own a publishing house which will play a major role in realising this dream.” 

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Lima’s book will soon be found in Bulawayo and those intending to place orders can reach him on email at zibusisolima7@gmail.com and through phone on +263 77 685 3163/ +263713736072 for calls and +27731268684 for WhatsApp. 

 

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Gqom artist Mandlenkosi ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo to be laid to rest on Friday

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The family of Gqom artist Mandlenkosi Maphumulo, popularly known as Mampintsha, says he will be laid to rest on Friday.

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The 40-year-old Maphumulo died from a stroke in a Durban hospital at the weekend.

The family of the late Mandlenkosi Maphumulo says they have accepted his death.

Maphumulo suffered a second stroke while he was in a Durban hospital.

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Maphumulo’s father-in-law, Mbongeni Simelane, says the family was with Mampintsha until the very end.

“Thank you for the support. Continue supporting us as we are preparing to lay him to rest,”he said.

“The funeral will be on Friday. The venue is yet to be confirmed. The memorial service will be held on Thursday at Bishop Dube’s church eThekwini Community Church. All people are welcome to come and pay their last respects.”

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Family Spokesperson, Zandile Maphumulo, also updated the media on Maphumulo’s wife, Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane.

“We are a Christ-grounded family and we pray for everything and Babes as well, “Zandile said.

” And Mampintsha, we are the family that supports one another. The Simelane family and the Maphumulo family are one family. So, they are doing well even though she is well because of our support as a family. Remember, anyone if you have lost a loved one the first day was not easy.”

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Musicians also paid their tributes to the late Gqom star.

Gospel singer, Jumbu Nyangiwe Mzi Mkhwanazi, better known as Danger, is the final surviving member of the group, Big Nuz.

“I’m not good right now because Mampintsha was my brother from Yoeville to here in Durban. I’m not feeling well right now. I can’t even speak. I am not coping. I am not feeling well because I lost R-Mashesha, now it is Mampintsha. It is not good.

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I’ll miss everything about him, dance, music and food, everything about him. We met several times with Mampintsha to perform. He was fun to be with. There is so much we are going to miss about his unique voice.”

Maphumulo’s memorial service is expected to be held in Durban on Thursday-SABCNews

 

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Big Nuz member Mampintsha has died

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Mampintsha, gqom musician and husband of Babes Wodumo, has died.

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The 40-year-old star died on Saturday morning. 

West Ink Records manager Sbu Ncube confirmed  the news to TshisaLIVE.

In a statement, the artist’s management said details of his passing cannot be shared with the public and that communication about funeral and memorial services would be announced in due course.Record label Afrotainment released an official statement on Wednesday confirming speculation that the 40-year-old, whose real name is, Mandla Maphumulo, had been admitted to King Edward Hospital in Durban.

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This after the star, who gained fame as part of musical group Big Nuz, suffered a minor stroke. It added the musician was under the supervision of doctors.

Mampintsha and Babes, real name Bongekile Simelane, have a child, known to fans as Sponge.

The pair tied the knot a year ago and their wedding was screened in a Showmax special, in addition to the reality TV show Uthando Lodumo. 

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