ANCENSTRAL DRUMMING: Mhlanga in full swing

Philip Mhalanga will tomorrow launch his “Lentswe La Baratani” documentary at Aeros Jazz Club in Tlokweng.

The DVD traces the mysteries and beliefs surrounding the hill in Otse through interviews with people in the village. Legend has it that the hill cannot be climbed as it is the home of ancestral spirits and anyone who dares climb it will never be seen again. There is a story that a long time ago two lovers whose parents did not approve of their relationship decided to elope and made their way up the hill and were never seen again.

Speaking to The Voice on Tuesday Mhlanga says he intends through the documentary help people understand the legend of Lentswe la Baratani legend better and appreciate traditional beliefs better.

Mhlanga who is a drummer with the BDF Band and has also released a jazz album “Tau tsa Nhabe” said there will also be live music by him and his band Koma Jazz Band, Jazz Impromptu, Rampholo Molefhe, Tsilo Baitsile, the young drummer Winston Senwelo, DJ Jazzy J and the upcoming Kwaito Kwasa artist Mad Dog.

“I have decided to feature Senwelo, DJ Jazzy and Mad Dog because they need all the support they can get so as to find their footing and take our music to the next level,” Mhlanga said.

In another development Mhlanga called on those that will attend the show to bring traditional instruments especially drums as there will be audience participation.

“Before we launch the documentary we will invoke our ancestors to bless us and this will involve everybody at the show. We will do this by having a sort of jam session where we all make music. So bring your instrument and let’s celebrate,” he said.

Meanwhile gates open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. Entrance is P30.00 and tickets are available at the gate. The first ten people will each win an autographed copy of the documentary DVD.

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