Celebrate the life of Brenda Fassie at SoMa Art + Space in Johannesburg

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Picador Africa and SoMa Art + Space are hosting One Night in No Man’s Land, an evening in celebration of women artists on Saturday, August 27 from 6 pm until late.

As SoMa’s Women’s Month exhibition, ‘No Man’s Land’, winds down, the special evening will feature a series of conversations and performance art, all to the tune of South African musical legend Brenda Fassie.

There will be a walkabout of the show – which includes works from up and coming and established artists Audrey Anderson, Jodi Bieber, Fleur de Bondt, Zanele Mashinini, Lebohang Motaung, Jenny Nijenhuis, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Roberta Rich and Sally Shorkend – during which curator, Teboho Ralesai, will be accompanied by the artists.

The focal point is Shorkend’s image of Brenda Fassie, taken in 1992 to accompany a piece by Charl Blignaut for Vrye Weekblad newspaper.

The walkabout will be followed by author, Bongani Madondo, who edited I’m Not Your Weekend Special, stories about Brenda Fassie, about his obsessions and portrayals of powerful women in his latest book, Sigh, The Beloved Country in conversation with Janet Smith, executive editor for Independent Media.

Award-winning poet, Mbali Vilakazi’s will then move into the space for her poetry installation.

Madondo and Shorkend will facilitate Stories About Brenda, where people will be encouraged to share their stories, remembrances and connections with Brenda Fassie.

The whole evening will unfold to the tune of music by Brenda, with food and drink specials all night long including two for one glasses of La Capra Sauvignon or Cabernet Sauvignon and caramelised onion and blue cheese or sausage with cherry tomato and rocket flat breads for R69.

SoMa Art + Space, located in the burgeoning arts and culture district of Maboneng in Johannesburg, opened in November 2015. With its coffee bar and cocktail lounge alongside retail art, craft and design, SoMa is a space where discussions about all sorts of art, artworks and artists abound.

Inquiries: 076 030 4200.

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