Performance as a Ritual: Alphinah

‘I had not seen her since she left, I wondered about her journey, but I never lost hope.’

I remember last evening when we were backstage before the concert, we felt that we had prepared more material than possible to present in our given slot. Eventually we had to cut down on the repertoire, and among other things I also remember motivating strongly that ‘Umsamu’ was an important composition for me to perform ‘in search of my people’. Indeed the piece was performed as a closing theme for our concert. As we ended this tune something told me to play and the ‘B Section’ (bridge to the other side) just one last time. The tune left me in a deep place, I knew one still had to travel further.

As the thoughts kept lingering, I soon fell asleep into the other world. I saw her, though she didn’t speak the symbolism presented in this particular dream was clear and effortless to understand. Now I know!!!

Ngiyabonga Gogo

Nduduzo Makhathini

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