Port Elizabeth’s Lelethu Mahambehlala and East Londoner Asanda “Msaki” Mvana flew to Europe on Wednesday to perform at the Kulturkalaset, a culture festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In a trip sponsored by the Swallows Foundation South Africa, the duo who jetted off to the Swedish country last week performed at the five day event on the 20th of August in the hopes of sharing their craft with the international audience.
Mahambehlala, better known as Poetic Soul is one for PE’s most popular poets and Asanda Msaki who is commonly known as Msaki has been described at the South African Tracy Chapman.
Mahambehlala who will arrive later this week said she was mostly looking forward to “performing, meeting different artists and the opportunity to be moving around in a different part of the world”.
The Swallows Foundation SA also known which works as a development agency for all forms of the arts, culture and heritage throughout the Eastern Cape partnered up with Recycle Me, an organisation that promotes organ donations using the arts. Swallows director, Oyama Vanto said the opportunity came as a result of an existing partnership between the municipality and Gothenburg called Sister City.
“I found out the partnership exists around urban development which includes arts, culture and heritage but nothing was really being done in that department,” Vanto said.
Vanto said through Swallows, they decided to create an opportunity for local artists to travel abroad and be the local link on behalf of the municipality.
“This year, we decided to send Lelethu who is also the chair of the Swallows Foundation to new and strengthen old relationships that side,” Vanto said.
Mahambehlala added that because she will be doing double duty in terms of performing as well as fulfilling her duties as chairwoman of the Swallows Foundation, her main aims were to “find out what opportunities exist and what projects we can do in terms of collaborations,” Mahambehlala.