1st Annual Molepo Dinaka/Kiba Festival

1st Annual Molepo DinakaKiba Festival

This is an An annual space for performance, dialoguecooperative economicspedagogy and development of Dinaka/Kiba music and practice for the people of Polokwane and beyond.

Dinaka/Kiba is an important heritage from pre-colonial Southern Africa. In spite the fact that the music is one of the oldest indigenous genres in Southern Africa, the art form continues to struggle to make an impact in the lives of communities due to structural challenges. The festival is strategically designed to re-engineer the art form by dealing with structural challenges in a quest to ensure that Dinaka/Kiba artists benefit economically from their talents.

The organizers wish to make this an annual ‘school’, humbly asking what defines a festival and what can it do for public space. With kind support from the National Arts Council of South Africa this year, the festival aims to set the tone for proposed future developmental initiatives alongside the festival. This includes amongst many; research projects aimed at using scientific inquiry to identify problems towards innovative solutions.

The 1st festival took place on the 29th November 2014 and was supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa.

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Find the official festival page on http://molepodinakakibafestival.org

The organizers have since compiled a report for all stakeholders, in particular the National Arts Council of South Africa. In an effort to protect Intellectual Property, we wont be publishing the whole report here. However, readers can get a glimpse of the report by reading the abstract below:


Ist Annual Molepo Dinaka/Kiba Festival Report


This report consolidates all the ideas behind the concept of a festival, helps with the formulation of research questions and analyses the potential of future festivals that will build on the successes and weaknesses of the 1st inaugural festival herein referred to as the 1st Annual Molepo Dinaka/Kiba Festival.

It aims at using the concept of a festival strategically to identify and explore further, challenges facing Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance groups and how these impact on the motivation, image, preservation of the genre and its practitioners. A closer look at the afore-mentioned elements can help us understand what causes the disintegration of groups, the drop in public performance standard, the fragmentation of a typical Dinaka/Kiba group as organization so that we come up with proper and realistic interventions.

The findings of this report will help the National Arts Council to attend to visible gaps in the distribution of funds to our cultural landscape, especially Indigenous African Music and Dance(Mmino wa Setšo) such as Dinaka/Kiba and related genres.


Defining Dinaka/Kiba Traditional Music

In a world where indigenous knowledge systems are in danger of being phased out by modern ways of living, Dinaka/Kiba music must find ways to survive. Its origins are indicative of the historical value and cultural significance that deserves to be restored and respected. There is also less literature written about this ancient musical art form. Therefore, more research is needed to ensure there is accurate and relevant information published on Dinaka/Kiba music for future generations.  DOWNLOAD a FREE e-book of this ancient music genre here>>>>>>>https://molepotraditionaldance.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/kiba-music-origins-structure-challenges-and-way-forward.pdf

For more information visit http://www.dinakakiba.wozaonline.co.za

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