Staged to integrate arts

Octayvia Nance nanceo@timesmedia.co.za

POETRY and music will combine to provide a unique art experience at the ArtEC Community Art Centre tomorrow night as the performing arts feature in the organisation’s cultural evenings.

Lelethu “PoeticSoul” Mahambehlala will take the stage with jazz artist Phumlani Mtiti as the first performance, hosted by the centre.

ArtEC intern Bantu Mtshiselwa said the centre’s vision was to be a hub for artists who sought to grow.

“ArtEC hosts exhibition openings every two weeks on a Tuesday night.

“Exhibitions usually run for two weeks, and the Tuesdays in between openings, are used for cultural evenings where art films and documentaries are shown.

“Now we are introducing performance arts to the cultural Tuesday as it is our vision to be a home for all artists who seek growth and want to engage with an audience and the entire arts community, by giving them a platform to showcase their craft, be it visual or performance art or craft.

“ArtEC seeks to bring in diversity in terms of different art forms, integrating performance artists within our community centre, assuring them that our institution is their home too,” he said.

Poetess Mahambehlala, who says the stage is her home, is excited about the performance.

“I plan to enjoy the intimacy of the audience and the company of Phumlani on stage.

“It is quite exciting. I have a musical crush on him. He is a great and humble musician.

“He feels the music and plays from the heart and I think it is something we have in common – I speak from my heart.

“I think a lot of people attach emotion to music and I’m not any different.

“I’ll try and do a bit of singing so that people can see that one can find a poem in a song, the same way you could find a song within poetry,” she said.

This year she celebrates 10 years of her poetry that heals and uplifts.

Saxophone player Mtiti wrote a song for their collaboration on stage.

“I’m finally doing something as a solo artist.

“I’ve played on people’s albums and been hired as a side-man for people like Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Feya Faku, Khaya Mahlangu and Ntsika Tyatya.

“Tomorrow night I will be playing with my band and taking the stage with Lelethu.

“I have written the melody for us and can’t wait to see how people receive it.

“Also, for one song, Khanyisa Sigwanda will be my guest artist on vocals.

“The audience can expect quite a storm.

“The music will be laid- back and beautiful, but with high intensity.

“All the music played will be my original pieces.

“My music has a contemporary, sensual vibe but with African undertones,” Mtiti said.

Mtiti won a South African Music Award with pianist, Sibusiso Dlamini, for Best Contemporary Jazz in 2011.

Tickets cost R30 and seating is limited to 56 people.

For more information contact (041)585-3641

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