Thath’i Cover Okestra Vol. 4

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5 September 2015, Eyethu Lifestyle Centre

We call it the Thath’i Cover Okestra, an evolving pan-African Okestra that investigates the meaning and importance of Kwaito (South African electronic dance genre) music’s legacy for a new generation. Through this collaborative exploration, what emerges is a new super nostalgic African futuristic spiritual chant non-genre.

This is what the beautiful people said, on Facebook about Vol.4:

This .was .pure .GENIUS. Can’t wait for the recording. Sorry for you if you missed it!
Mpho Matsipa, 5 September 2015

“That’i Cover Orchestra” ‘s performance yesternight in Mofolo Soweto proved to be wicked, inspired, funny, silly, spirited, gorgeous and lively confirmation that often Black Genius and ‪#‎BlackLove‬‬‬‬‬‬ cannot be quite explained. It has to be EXPERIENCED. Thanks to the Keleketla Crew and Siya Mthembu of The Brother Moves On as well as our sister, Masello Tlou Masello Motanapitsi. Expect an FB review soon, time be kind to us […]
Bongani Madondo, 6 September 2015

yoh!!! i’m still on a major high from the jeni’! thank you for braving the cold and coming out from the city, Hammanskraal, Cape Town,the sababs, Orange Farm and of course to those who came from all over the South Western Townships. To harvest memories of kwaito with you in it’s deepest parts was sweet damara justice. re lebogile kudu kudu kudu.
Tlou Masello Motanapitsi, 7 September 2015

Where am at right now, ancestors are ululating and vibing to these heavenly sounds, in efforts to keep them alive… Spirits are a-woke out here.
Lilly Bellair, 05 September 2015

Last night was a truly incredible evening. I’m humbled by working with such gifted musicians. This whole experience has been transformative and I’m still buzzing. Audience, you were the best.
Hannah C Jones

what do you bring to the dance? if culture is afrikan circle dance and each individual makes the art by dancing together and gets their moment, their space to express their heart with the full support of the rhythm of others… and culture draws our shadows to heal in the dance, to renew our lives and to remind us what love really is… and my first language is wordless so it’s hard to express what went down with Thath’i Cover Orkestra last evening at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo. Coming to culture as ritual and renewal i consciously entered an image of being Afrikan, like in Loyiso Mkize’s artists statement (he’s exhibiting there, quite amazing) unapologetically romantic and vibrant and rich.
Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, 6 September 2015

kwaito + classical music + jazz = AMAZING!!!
Mpho Matsipa, 5 September 2015

Much respect to Keleketla! Library for the music on some next level! ThathiKover Okestra made history tonight!
Lineo Segoete, 5 September 2015

Thath’i Cover… and my weekend was ‪#‎Blackcellent‬‬‬‬‬‬! I have to get myself Chuck T’s for the next gig…
Lerato-Rato Themba Kuzwayo, 6 September 2015

Music coursing through me. You guys did best. ‪#‎blackexcellence‬‬‬‬‬‬
Lindokuhle Nkosi, 6 September 2015

The world needs to know about Thath’i Cover Okestra. #Soweto was so lit last night. #kwaito #jozitoaccra #joburgartfair
accradotaltradio, 6 September 2015

DJ Mujava cover was mind-blowing
Mitch Said, 6 September 2015

I had to catch myself from passing out a few times last night. LAWDDDD!
Bianca Mońa, 6 September 2015

Vol 4 would not exist without the time and gifts of:
Ayanda Zalekile on Electric Bass, Simz Jazzinmoxion Tshabalala on Drums, Zweli Mthembu on Guitar, Hannah Catherine Jones on Viola, Mandolin, Theramin, Autoharp and Vocals, Tsepo Pooe on Cello, Tumi Mapholo on Violin, Tiko Ngobeni on Percussions, didgeridoo, mbira and toys and Masello Motana on Vocal History.

Massive respect Siyabonga Mthembu as substitute teacher and cameo vocals on ‘Lerato’.

This would not have happened without the generous support of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa and Molemo Moiloa




‘Untitled’, a physical theatre piece choreographed by Nyaniso Dzedze and produced with members of the Keleketla! After School Programme in 2012: Nqobile Khumalo, Talia Ndlovu, Wesley Hlongwane, Neo Ncube, Grace Kasuza, Langalibalele Mathuthu, Cinderella Khoza, Simphiwe Shange and Emma Ramashala. 23 June 2012, Keleketla! Library, The Drill Hall, Johannesburg. Photographer unknown.

Join Keleketla!

Keleketla! Library seeks an energetic, innovative and self-organised individual to fill the position of: Digital Archive Intern.


Image Courtesy of Safe City Map Workshop (2010)


Nature and Duration of Contract

– Fixed Term Contract 1 May – 31 November 2014

– 2.5 days per week

– Selection Process

– Stipend – R4600 pm

– Please send a CV and brief letter of motivation to:

Applications to reach Keleketla by Friday 25 April 2014 midnight.

The candidate should be available for an interview on the 29th of April 2014 from 11am at Keleketla! Library, The Drill Hall Precinct, Joubert Park.

The Candidate

The candidate should have digital arts interest with an impressive portfolio. Further, the young practitioner should indicate how the internship would advance his/her career and/or interests. They should be a creative self-starter and work systematically because they will work with big volumes of valuable material.

Furthermore, the candidate should possess the following basic skills set:

– Ability and competency in digitizing two and three-dimensional work (including DV tapes, prints of various size, objects and space etc)

– Above average photographic skills (including post-production work using appropriate digital software)

– Good command of post-production software tools for audio, video and the still image

– Innovative and cost effective use of digital resources, including hardware and software

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to work in a team while maintaining a healthy dose of independent thought, initiative and imagination. A key part of the internship is the development of self-driven work by the successful candidate!

The Role – for the organisation

The individual will work closely with the Keleketla! Library members, as well as collaborators. Furthermore, Keleketla will:

– Avail all the archival material for the intern to digitize and use

– Provide background context on archival material to provide a base for the intern to imagine possibilities

– Enable the physical infrastructure to support the development of the intern’s research and creative process

– Explore opportunities for relevant platforms for the work of the intern to gain visibility

Keleketla! Library

Keleketla is an inter-disciplinary, independent library and media arts project established to create access to literature and the use of arts and media strategies as alternative education models and tools. We initiate and provide platforms for collaborative, experimental & innovative projects with youth, artists, cultural practitioners and educators.

Keleketla is a registered non-profit company and is committed to equal opportunity employment practices. Keleketla! Library provides an exciting and stimulating workplace with equal doses of serious work and play. We strive for constant reflection with opportunity for growth and development.

The Keleketla! Library internship programme is realised through the brilliant VANSA/Africalia internship programme for 2014.


We Are One/Teen Talk DVD

We Are One/Teen Talk DVD

‘if people’s education be treason’

Finally we got to see the cover of ‘We Are One/Teen Talk’ DVD. An outcome of an inter-generational, collaborative, process based and multi-layered art project between Keleketla! Library and Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières

The image was designed by K!ASP members led by Wits School of Arts students mentored by Judy Seidman (Former graphic designer at Medu Art Ensemble 1980-1985). She even donated the rarest collection of Medu Art Ensemble Newsletters to the Library:

‘We Are One’ is covered in the educational supplement ’56 Years’. Currently undergoing a second impression through classroom interventions supported by the National Heritage Council of South Africa and Goethe-Institut Johannesburg.

‘Teen Talk & We Are One! March (2012)

Teen Talk is a youth forum in the format of a talk show, produced by members of Keleketla! Library’s After School Programme. The project was supported by Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Teen Talk was a school’s workshop component of the anti-xenophobia campaign, Solidarity for Survival, held at the Constitution Hill between May and June 2012.

The nine-member strong crew worked under the guidance of experienced mentors from diverse fields including research, TV & Film production and visual arts. Furthermore, the show invited experienced practitioners as guests, ranging from activists on Pan-African Diasporas issues to public health practitioners. The audience consisted of a diverse group of youth living in greater Johannesburg. As an appropriation of a youth magazine programme, the shows incorporated contemporary dance, poetry and music charged with fresh perspectives and powerful expressions. Thus, the shows produced a rich dialogue on migration through media processes and tools. Teen Talk will be released on DVD and online platforms, in October 2012.’

Kgagatlou Secondary School


For those who don’t know, ‘Keleketla’ is a Pedi word used as a response and is evident in how we named past collaborative projects like ‘Nonwane‘ & ‘Skaftien‘. The origins of the term locates us in Limpopo where the 2nd collaborative school is based. Ga-Mphahlele in a small village called Sefalaolo.

Our first visit to the school late December 2013 was very informative. The attended teachers were thrilled about the 56 Years publication and the purpose behind it. One of the suggestions made was the inclusion of other teachers/subjects in Tourism, Arts & Culture and Life Orientation. We explored teaching practices and one interesting methodology that was shared was ‘Know your history before you go very far’ and this includes the history of Ga-Mphahlele and the invitation of the Royal Crawl. The aim is to trace history through surnames, how Mphahlele and Sekhukhune names came to be and it’s relevant to local content. That way the learners would be able to attach meaning to history.

An extended follow-up trip is in March 2014.


Arts in Education

Arts in Education

Keleketla’s first publication in book format is an experiment that employs a multi-modal investigation into education through the voices of school learners, educators, historians and cultural workers titled ’56 Years to the Treason Trial’ released in December 2012. Currently undergoing a second impression through classroom interventions, ’56 Years’ is supported by the National Heritage Council of South Africa and the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. The book will be realised through intense collaboration with learners and educators at Freedom Community College in Johannesburg and Kgaga-tlou Secondary School in Polokwane.

Keleketla & Henrike On The Move

Keleketla & Henrike On The Move

Amid existing tensions in the inner city of Johannesburg over space, competition and ideas; Keleketla! Library bids farewell to yet another year of cultural production being 5 years at the Drill Hall and Henrike says goodbye to 5 great years in Johannesburg.

After 5 years in operation, Keleketla! Library has been accepted at Freedom Community College for a 6-month residency, supported by the National Heritage Council of South Africa and the Goethe Institut. During this time, Keleketla! Library will work with educators, learners and invited cultural workers to create the second impression of the 2012 publication, ’56 Years to the Treason Trial’ coinciding with the celebration of 20 Years of Democracy. Keleketla will also work with the school’s learner-led library to reshape how we see and use libraries.

Keleketla celebrates together with Henrike who will be moving much further at the end of the month – to Abidjan where she will be the new head of the Goethe-Institut Côte d’Ivoire

The on the move event will take place on Saturday the 23rd November 2013 and includes acts that have shaped and created memories in the space.

The Line Up:
DJ Okapi

Impande Core


DJ Mma Tseleng

DJ Kapula (playing Chimurenga set)

Images by: Ts’eliso Monaheng

Where : Keleketla Library, Drill Hall, Cnr. Twist & Plein
When : 23 November 2013, 18:00
Entry: 20 ZAR