5 artists who celebrate their heritage through their arts

2017-09-22 16:04
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South Africa is a diverse country with many cultures within it. This heritage weekend we want to celebrate the people who highlight the diverse South African cultures through their relative artistic careers. 

Esther Mahlangu

Mama Esther Mahlangu has always been proud and expressive of her Ndebele culture through her art. She has had solo exhibitions all over the world exposing more and more people to the beautiful and diverse patterns. 

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Ever since the beginning of her career Yvonne Chaka Chaka has prided herself on being African and was even called the Princess of Africa. Her music spanned further than the South African continent but made her well-loved all throughout Africa. 

Candi Mokoena

Candi who is better known by her fans as Tsamandebele is a multi-award winning African and House music Singer she loves he Ndebele heritage and is always seen in an colourful Ndebele traditional or Ndebele inspired piece. 

Trevor Stuurman:

Trevor Stuurman is a young photographer who has made a name for himself in fashion circles by being daring with his photography and also his personal style. He is always dressed in an item of clothing that is inspired by African colours and patterns.  He also recently had his first solo exhibition where he highlighted the heritage and culture of the OviHimba women and the Ndebele Amasokana initiation ceremony taken in Swakopmund, Namibia and KwaNdebele.

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Laduma Nxhokolo

Laduma Ngxokolo is one of Africa's finest knitwear designer and innovator of the Xhosa (one of the South African dominant ethnic group) inspired knitwear brand MAXHOSA BY LADUMA. He has received achievements and captured the hearts of many fashion lovers and media from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York.