GHETTO ARTISTS GET DRILLED
Francistown audio and visual artists, working with a German student, held a workshop exploring the relationship between music and art at the Supa Ngwao Museum.
Dubbed the “Cross Cultural Music and Arts Exhibition Diverse Identity- The infusion of Different Art Forms” the one day event saw artists draw whilst listening to music during the day and putting up a music and poetry session in the evening.
The workshop was organised and coordinated by Francistown musician and visual artist Cyril Ndolo and German student Ruth Bodewig. Bodewig, a philosophy scholar is an intern attached to Baisago University in Francistown through AIESEC, the international student organisation.
Speaking at the event, Ndolo a respected guitar player who has a standing invitation to a number of festivals in Italy said in spite of the challenges facing them local artists should not give up on their artistic dreams.
“We have challenges such as lack of infrastructure and funding but we must not let that discourage us. I believe our art in whatever form is ready for the world” he said.
Ndolo went on to challenge the artists to work hard, improve their skills and strive to be amongst the best in the world.
On another note Ndolo thanked The Voice Newspaper and Onalenna Mbenda of Nax Booking for supporting the workshop.
The Voice Newspaper gave free advertising and also provided some money for refreshments. Nax Booking provided office space, typing and photo copying facilities in preparation for the workshop.
Calling on other business houses to support artistic events Ndolo said; ‘We need all the help we can get so as to develop and grow this industry which has great potential to create work and help sell the country to the rest of the world”
Meanwhile on her part Bodewig said she was enriched by the experience of working with Francistown artists.
“I hope this exchange of ideas will continue in the future.
For their part artists who attended the event expressed their satisfaction with the event and wished for more such events in the future.