Celebrating African weddings

Thobani Simamane and Phumzile Nkosi admire a section of the UmShado exhibition at Durban’s Phansi Ubuntu Art Museum in Glenwood. Picture by  NiamhWalsh-Vorster.

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BY BILLY SUTER

AN EXHIBITION celebrating African weddings and marriage is scheduled to open on Heritage Day – Tuesday, September 24 – at Durban’s Phansi Ubuntu Art Museum at 500 Esther Roberts Road (formerly Frere Road) in Glenwood.

Titled UmShado, the exhibition will run until October 10 and admission is free to the public.

Museum manager, Phumzile Nkosi, says the reason for curating the show  was to show show the beauty, especially on women, of black African culture.

The exhibition will highlight traditional utensils that were made and used at Umshado ceremonies. These include beer pots for umqhombothi and grass mat racks known as Amabaxa in Zulu tradition.

Crafters from the KwaZwelibomvu area will be in attendance to celebrate the exhibition’s opening.

Specific African accessories for brides will be used to decorate the life-sized dolls that the museum already houses. Accessories from Ndwedwe and areas outside of KwaZulu-Natal will be on display in celebration of African wedding heritage.

At the opening of the exhibition,  refreshments will be served and donations are welcomed.


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