Mmaletsatsi productions is a production house spearheading the rewriting of South Africa and in some contexts Africa’s history and therefore future through the arts.
Our focus is in multiple art streams with a huge focus on history as a tool to writing our future.
Under the Mmaletsatsi banner we have:
Izinsimbi Zomculo which focuses on live events,
Abancane Art Academy, a Saturday vocational school that uses art,music, sound, movement, word, and imagination as means of educating. Abancane Art Academy also does home visits, pre covid 19 collaborating work with parents who are homeschooling, deschooling and unschooling their children.
Residence Artist Ntomb’Yelanga
Ntomb’Yelanga is a musician, storyteller, poet and instrumentalist and her work centre’s around community development working. And through preservation, development and promotion of Indigenous Instruments. She’s also the lead vocalist for Ntomb’Yelanga NaBalimi band.
The production house is based in Durban with aims of spreading out into other provinces.
THOBEKILE MBANDA “NTOMB’YELANGA”
-Indigenous instruments maker and player-Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality researcher
Thobekile Mbanda (Ntomb’Yelanga) is a conceptual artist, community activist, poet, and storyteller and uses music as her medium and muse. Centering her work around the preservation, promotion, and development of indigenous instruments music fuels her current project, Songs of our Ancestors. Among her trajectory of creative pursuits: in 2014 Mbanda wrote and produced while in Barbados a play about Princess Magogo the Rise of A Star. She has worked for Art for Humanity as Project Manager her projects focusing around using art to raise awareness around and about Social Justice issues and has performed locally and internationally and is constantly developing her repertoire for working with young people and the intersection of music, learning, decolonization, and freedom. Her aim is to focus on the exploration of Non-Western cultural music, knowledge systems, knowledge of the instruments songs and dances with the idea of presenting it back to the community. Exploration of ancient sounds – how sound (ingoma) is a language, a memory and a dream we bring to life through intergenerational connections and sound dialogue and venture into the role of the body as a living archive of these sounds.
We focus on the exploration of Non-Western cultural music, knowledge systems, knowledge of the instruments songs and dances with the idea of presenting it back to the community.
Exploration of ancient sounds – how sound (ingoma) is a language, a memory and a dream we bring to life through intergenerational connections and sound dialogue and venture into the role of the body as a living archive of these sounds.
Our music is created from a series of questions that we pose to ourselves in hope to answer through song, such as how do we create and distribute these knowledge systems? for our lives cannot be sustained without spiritual core -claiming or rediscovering lost Afrikan wisdom lost land and lost instruments etc. What is our spiritual wealth as Afrikans? how do we engage in nation healing through sound and traditional instruments creating a soundscape that connects us with our ancestors
Umnombo wohambo laKwantu.
Recent Noteworthy Performances:
-DUT – an LGBTQI+ Awareness campaign
-Art for Humanity – Artist Talk Series- Umnombo
-Durban ICC Legotla Conference
-Retro Bazaar at Phansi Museum
-Moses Mabhida Staduim – Pan Afrikan Conference
-Sutton Park – Black Sundays Afrikan Market