"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line—the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea"
W.E.B Du Bois in “Of the Dawn of Freedom” (from the Souls of Black Folk,1903).
In the twenty first century many will argue that W.E.B's quote is still very much relevant ,others may say it is all in the past and will/ not happen in the future.Must we let go of bygones already, does the past not affect our present day realities? Is closure the only way we can move forward?
Pumflet Luxurama was commissioned by The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) as part of the Live Art Festival 2018 . ''This interdisciplinary festival is designed to challenge and extend the public's experience of live art ,in a non-commercial environment and make accessible the work of visual and performing artists who explore new forms, confront audiences and experiment with perceptions".
To help on the journey of creation/closure we asked ourselves these questions;
could one hold a funeral for a building? And if one could, what would it look like? What would it sound like?
The procession down Park road with audiences walking along with it.
Themba Ngwenya former boxer and principal ,has now dedicated his life to teaching and making music.
The procession leading to Cosy corner for the after tears convening.
After the tour, we were led down Park Road by a funeral procession band made up of musicians from the Winston Mankunku Jazz Foundation led by Thulisile Ngozi, the brother of Winston Mankuku, who started this foundation in honour of Winston, and since Yakhal’inkomo debuted in 1968 at the Lux, it made sense for Mankunku to be present at the funeral of the theatre building, through his music. The Ngozi family were themselves victims of forced removals, having been moved from Retreat to Gugulethu in the early 70s.
Both the Winston Mankunku Jazz Foundation and the Themba Ngwenya Brass band are based in Gugulethu and open to people of all ages to learn an instrument.
As with all funerals, we convened for tea, chatter and samoosas at Cosy Corner Take Aways at the end of Park Road, where the procession ended with a performance of Yakhal’inkomo, arranged specially by Thulisile.
The After tears convening at Cosy Corner.