What to expect

The rhythm of Limpopo is like no other because of its eclectic spirit fusing Tsonga, Venda and Shangaan cultures. The sights and sounds of Mbhokota tour shows visitors just how Mbhokota, like the rest of the province, is a unique place that marches to its own drum beat. The dynamic teacher, musician and sculptor, Lucky Ntimani welcomes us to the Tinyiko Art Centre where his students make music from uniquely carved drums, marimbas, mbiras and a novel instrument made out of upside-down tin plates on the springs of an old chair.  We'll learn to play those instruments and even get to jam our own song with the group.

We stroll down to Pilato Bulala's nearby home-studio in Tshivuyuni Village where he is hard at work on his next “Scrapture”, sculptures made from scrap metal, and watch him at work.

At Vutsila Mountain Art School, Thomas Kubayi leads a musical soul-session under the spreading Marula Tree, and we hear the Dembe calabash played with a bow, the Khora harp, the Marimba and drums. The harmonies and melodies of Shangaan and Venda music mix with storytelling and praise singing to create a powerful experience for all involved. The music carries on well after sunset as we find ourselves singing and dancing under the stars. The sundowners are traditional ingredients with a modern twist and are washed down with traditional beer in a calabash pot and keep the spirits high and the music raging for a little while longer.

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6 yrs +
2 - 16 people
1 Day
Hop-on Hop-off
From 1625 ZAR

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