Muziwakhe Mhlongo is the fourth artist on the Hillcrest Aids Centre Artist Wall being featured for the month of September as a celebration of Heritage month.
The concept behind the Woza Moya Artist’s Wall and Artist’s Cards is to create and showcase work for artists who have been hard hit by Covid.
Each month a different Artist is paid to paint a 1,2m x 1,2m wall panel which is displayed on the wall outside our Woza Moya, Hillcrest AIDS Centre shop. Woza Moya assists the artist by marketing their work for the entire month their work is on display. A greeting card is made of the painted wall panel and sold in our shops so that artists can earn an ongoing passive income.
The painting is for sale and people can bid for the painting, bidding starts at R1500 at the start of each month, bidding will close at the end of the month and the
person who has the highest bid gets to purchase the painting, the artist will get a further percentage of the sale. To assist the artist we have reproduced the artwork on a gift card and the artist gets 50 % from the sale of his or her cards.
If you love the artist’s work please support them by buying a card they are only R25, and card sales help artists earn a passive income.
We are honoured to have Muziwakhe Mhlongo as the artist of the month, and his painting Sign from the forefathers. Depicting the rite of passage of a traditional healer.
About Muziwakhe Mhlongo; Muziwakhe Mhlongo is 39 years old, he was born in KwaMashu which is located in Durban kwa Zulu Natal. Growing up he was always passionate about fine art, and was enrolled at Centec Durban Technical College. Due to financial problems, he was unable to finish his art course, but continued to
draw and paint on his own. Sibusiso Duma who is a well-known Durban artist, has been a great mentor to Muziwakhe and helped him with enrolling in courses run through the Phansi museum. Muziwakhe continues to draw and paint.
Sign from the forefathers
The picture depicts the Chosen one with the ancestral gift (Sangoma/Traditional healer). Sangomas/traditional healers have a rite of passage which can be divided into 3 phases; separation (leaving the familiar), transition (a time of testing, learning and growth), and return (incorporation and reintegration).The chosen one wears a spiritual garment that connects to the ancestors. Most Sangoma/ Traditional healers/ novices (thwasas) wear red, symbolizing the transformatory process that the apprentice is undergoing.
The Sangoma is a wanderer of borders and boundaries and confronts within himself/herself the unknown spiritual terrain of the ancestors. The bull represents the blood as you are the light between the living and the dead. African ancestor belief is the main belief system in South Africa, and Sangomas or traditional healers are the central to this practice. Sangomas play a role in interpreting communication with ancestors, and thus contribute to the health and spiritual well-being of their communities. Animal sacrifice is not the only factor in this belief system, but it still plays an important role in this process. Some use it to request healing, protection or rain. It is also a common ceremonial practice in some traditional households, where the ritual marks births, deaths, and weddings.
Woza Moya is the economic empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.
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