Members of the Elelwani Julia Nemakhavhani and Zwiakonadzea Group. At the back, from left to right, are Thingaambi Mmbadi, Rosinah Nkhangweni Nemakhavhani, Thifhelimbilu Janet Nemakhavhani and Thizwihangwi Valencia Rasikhinya. In the front are Elelwani Julia Nemakhavhani and Mavis Elizabeth Thanyani. Picture supplied.
During a time when people around the world are either still battling to keep their heads above water or are gradually recovering from the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, finding people who still insist that the sun will rise again is heart-warming.
Elelwani Julia Nemakhavhani and the Zwiakonadzea Group, a music ensemble based in Makwarani village, are such an inspiring group of ladies who share their optimism about a brighter future, just in time for the National Heritage Month celebrations.
“We are women who care for and love our nation, and we pride ourselves on our African cultures, whether it be Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Sepedi or others within the country and around the continent,” said Nemakhavhani.
She added that, despite Covid-19, people should continue to appreciate the gift of life that God gives us. Without appreciation, she said, people tend to worry more as a result of the social pressures they are faced with.
She is the founder and lead singer of the Elelwani Julia Nemakhavhani and Zwiakonadzea Group. “We sing about Covid as well and call upon God to intervene by gracing scientists with the wisdom to come up with a solution to this global pandemic.”
This music group also sings beautiful songs about the importance of maintaining one’s heritage through cultural dances and various art forms. “We need to focus more on ploughing mealies and other grain-based produce in our own fields and yards, and make our own mealie meal - without all the modern preservatives,” she said. “We were fortunate last year that the Creator opened the heavens with abundant rain. We were able to till the land and had such a good harvest.”
Elelwani Julia Nemakhavhani and Zwiakonadzea Group recently released their debut full-length album, called Tangulani, which contains songs such as Tangulani nwananga, Ndo la Mutombo, Matamba ni a dovha na? and U tshimbila nga makobodo.
“Our music is malende,” Nemakhavhani said. “We sing and dance in a way that our fans’ eyes are kept glued on us.”
The group, comprising Nemakhavhani and backing vocalists Elizabeth Thanyani, Thifhelimbilu Jinneth Ndou, Nkhangweni Rosinah Nemakhavhani, Thingaambu Christinah Mmbadu and Thizwihangwi Sara Rasikhinya, proudly perform in traditional attire and calls upon the youths to emulate them by wearing African regalia.
Tangulani was recorded at Mphagani Recording Studio. Those interested in performances and albums by the group can call Mr Mphaga Mbangiseni on Tel 071 411 3871 or 072 400 0875.
Date:26 September 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.