Keepers of Music: Ngqoko Women
This portrait work was taken in a remote village, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The images are a group of Traditional Musicians, Healers and Storytellers known as the Ngqoko Women’s Ensemble who sing in overtone and play traditional instruments. They have performed in concerts and collaborations all over South Africa and also overseas.
The photos were taken in a traditional round hut known as a Rondevaal (made from mud, and reeds/straw), on a 6×6 format Hasselblad film camera, using portable lighting mixed with available lighting. They are smoking a traditional long pipe called Mbheka-phesheya and playing bowed instruments known as Uhadi and Umhobi.
This work is to be used in a book and exhibition project entitled: The Keepers of Music (date: TBA).