Performance honours survivors

Rapper and poet Riyaadh Sarang aka Riyo.

Rahasia Mafiusa, a non-profit, will hold a cultural event in Observatory this Saturday to celebrate the survivors of domestic abuse.

The event, From Darkness to Light: Stand up Wise up!, will feature local artists as well as Indonesian artists performing over Zoom.

According to Nina Alexia Brazzo, the chairperson of Rahasia Mafiusa, there will be music, song, storytelling, poetry, dance, rap and motivational speakers.

The event will also commemorate Nelson Mandela who died on December 5, 2013.

Ms Brazzo says the organisation tries to bridge the gap between communities that still remain largely segregated in post-apartheid South Africa.

“We aim to create safe sacred spaces in healing from the consciousness of the ramifications and repercussions of racial and cultural prejudice, using Indonesian creative arts, photography, poetry and music.”

The organisation does much of its work, she says, with the District Six Museum.They also do their non-profit work in areas like Rondebosch, Langa, Wynberg, Cape Town CBD, Observatory, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Bonteheuwel.

Rapper and poet Riyaadh Sarang, 25, from Kuils River, who goes by the name of Riyo, will perform poetry at the event.

“This is a good initiative as it gives us the opportunity to not only showcase the different talents to the audience, but it will give the audience an opportunity to reflect and give something to speak about.”

Annette Muller, 27, a witch from Gardens, who says she helps to heal women who have experienced trauma, will also perform poetry.

“There is a lot of taboo around the subject of being a witch,” she said, adding that she wanted to help people realise that “a witch is simply a healer”.

Rahasia Mafiusa is trying to raise money to buy custom-made traditional dance costumes, handmade musical instruments, books, batik and shadow-puppet-making equipment from Jakarta.

Ms Brazzo said they would follow strict Covid-19 protocols, by doing temperature checks and keeping an attendance register.

From Darkness to Light: Stand up-Wise up! will take place at The Conscious Kitchen, 78 Lower Main Road, Observatory, on Saturday December 5, from 5.30pm. Tickets are R150. Contact Ms Brazzo at 082 071 9414 or if you want to attend.