5 powerful pics that portray the art of Pantsula perfectly

2016-11-27 12:03
Pantsula: Dance 4 Life!. (Photo: Supplied by City Press/Chris Saunders)

Johannesburg - Pantsula, the energetic street-dance form that came to prominence in the 1980s, is being celebrated and documented for the first time in its history in a 200-page photobook, Pantsula: Dance 4 Life!

Currently in the crowdfunding phase of development, it is the product of more than five years of research by South African photographer Chris Saunders, dancer Sicelo Xaba and German researcher Daniela Goeller.

They came together to record the histories of Pantsula communities countrywide.

Watch this video about the book:

So far, 76 books have been presold, but the campaign needs to sell 918 to get off the ground. To get your signed copy, log on to

Check out some of these distinct styles, moves, poses and colourful gear that define Pantsula:

(Photos: Supplied by CityPress, Chris Saunders)