Saul Molobi published my presentation from the 9th Africa Century International African Writers Conference: “Decolonised Literary Arts, Culture, Heritage and Expression in Times of Pandemic Crises: Celebrating the International Year of Creative Economy and Sustainable Development” on Jambo Africa Online:
The primary agent in the affirmation of being alive in the universe is rhythm. The movement of the planets and stars, our breath and heartbeat, all these rely on pulsation for the propulsion of life. Nothing exists without rhythm. In my view the mastery of rhythm becomes the ultimate attainment in any creative situation, for creativity is the ultimate expression of being alive.
The harmony of living cannot be better achieved than through the resonance of rhythm. If we imagine that everything pulses – stillness and action, silence and sound, darkness and light – we will know that to become eloquent in the rhythm of self-expression is to embrace the symphonic scope of life’s vast creative possibilities.
On the 29th of September 2021 I was honoured by the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa through my sister Dr June Bam’s kind and generous facilitation. June is one of the key people in the Faculty of Humanities’ commitment to actively transform its culture through actively acknowledging and engaging with the country’s indigenous peoples in a manner that accentuates the dignity they deserve as the reservoir of South Africa’s central heritage.
UCT’s San & Khoi Heritage Month Colloquium: “Unburning the fire” reflected the far-reaching impact of the work being done by June and her colleagues through the participation of representatives of the First People of countries including New Zealand and Canada.
My poem, ‘telling our stories’, which I dedicated to “Unburning the fire”, was translated and recited as part of the event by Pedro Dâusab in his mother tongue Khoekhoegowab, one of the endangered indigenous southern African languages. Thanks to June for introducing and supervising this novel idea.
This gesture of generosity has inspired and emboldened me to consult Pedro and June for guidance in my commitment to contribute my creativity to the campaign to raise awareness of our endangered indigenous languages.
Eugene Skeef’s Rhythm For Life – the art of rhythmic balance
I am so proud to have composed the soundtrack to this story inspired by the migration of the swallow between South Africa and Yorkshire in the UK. The creation of the story was led by Lisa Difford of the company Fettle & Fable, with the creative involvement of Natasha Holmes, Zanele Ndlovu-Magubeni, Ruth Pigott and Rebecca Constable.