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Plett Arts Festival 2023

AWAF Ancient Voices - Uhadi Workshop


Forming part of the African Waves Arts Festival at Plett Arts this year, Ancient Voices brings an awe-inspiring workshop to the stage. They are an award-winning group based in Cape Town Kwa Langa, started back in 2014 by founder Lungiswa Plaatjies. The duo are multi-indigenous African instrumentalists and singers. They have performed to great acclaim all over the world, including a royal event in England and Sweden. They will be sharing skills focusing on uhadi. This fascinating interactive workshop is not to be missed.

The uhadi is a musical bow, a traditional Southern African Xhosa musical instrument. It is a large unembraced musical bow which is attached to a resonater and played by percussion.

The earliest description of the use of the uhadi among the isiXhosa was in 1815 by the scholar James Campbell,˜The women have a calabash hung to a bow string, on which they beat and sing in harmony with the beating. The words they use are the names of friends, rivers and places they can recollect." Traditionally the uhadi musical bow was mostly played by married women and only occasionally by men and children.

Learn more and participate in the workshop with Ancient Voices, masters of their instruments. 

This event takes place on:

Sat, 07 Oct

11:00 - 12:00



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