On a vibey Sunday morning we headed out to Lebo’s Backpackers in Soweto, Mzimhlophe to check out His and Hers Jams #WomenandArt picnic event. His and Hers Jams is a movement centred around the arts, music and its lifestyle and on this particular occasion they set out to celebrate women in art.
As soon as you walk in you are welcomed with warm smiles from the locals, good music and good energy, allowing you to immerse yourself in the fusion of culture in alternative soweto. The area is filled with incredible art works on display by extraordinary female artist who assert their voice through their art.
We find Sizakele Phohleli at her stall sitting symbolically with a suitcase placed on the table, revealing a stack of books titled “Letters to Cinnamon.” The suitcase on the table speaks to the need to unpack pressing issues that are addressed in the book. The book is based on poetry that reflects and tells the stories of the state of black queer Africans.
Not too far away, we come across Eunice Rakhale-Molefe a culinary veteran and author of Dialogue Dining, which sets to illustrate the culinary diversity of Southern African cuisine and of some regarding the neighbouring states. She compares the similarities while dually authenticating its unique palatable heritage. Her artistry spans beyond the culinary world as she invites us to reflect on our culture, its cuisine and its discourse through literature.
As you pass through the middle of the space, you can’t help but stop and marvel at Masego Masygold Phalane‘s exhibiton “We are women”. Her photo exhibition explores black women and their hair. This exhibition features a portrait series of women showing off their expressive hairstyles. Exploring the concept of that hair is their “pride and power”.
Not only did we get to experience the best of the art world, but the best cuisine too. The air was filled with tantalizing aromas and we couldn’t help but indulge in the mouth-watering food from Foyoko and Good to Go Eatery.
With the mc’s adding a little more laughter and burst of energy to our day we couldn’t help but feel at home. The rest of the afternoon is filled with dynamic performances from unique musicians who captivated the audience. DJ Skado a true creative who offered us a dub sound that sends chills down the spine, doing all this from her tablet – how dope! Nono Nkoane showed off her angelic voice and nu jazz sound which smoothed down the mood. This was followed by Lindz Key_Ano’s dynamic number on the piano. Adelle launched us into the afternoon as the sun set the sound of her angelic voice also showing off pure talent as a one man band. The super talented ladies on deck held it down and had everybody on their feet throughout the day, with featured sets by Miss Buttons, Davina Satori, Brown Pepper Ann, and Teedo.
His and Hers Jams gave us a full art experience and a day to remember, thank you to Tshidiso and Ngoako and their incredible team. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and are absolutely looking forward to more from His and Hers Jams.
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Written by Kea Mooka