My People and Water

MY PEOPLE AND WATER

Like all kids growing up in a semi-rural space, most of our games took place by the river. This is quite evident in most of our repertoires and river songs. Alongside us playing by the river, we were also told numerous stories about gigantic creatures that lived in the river, most of our cleansing rituals took place by the river and even the famous ‘ukweshela’ took place by the river.

During the mid to late 80s violence in KwaZulu Natal my family moved from Emaqongqo to a village called Emgodini in Pietermariztburg.

Emgodini literally looked like a hole between mountains, there was a special presence in this village. Our temporary home was built not far from the river banks of Umsunduzi which meant as children we would be spending most of our playing time by the river.

On a beautiful summer day, I thought I had overcame my phobia with the river. Something drew me in, I eventually let go and jumped in. It felt like I had just entered another planet, I heard sounds I’ve never experienced before, there was a lot of light. As I wondered what was taking place, seconds became hours, hours to days, days to years and eventually I came out through the help of one of the elderly man that happened to be around.

As I came out there were a lot of people, neighbors, friends standing by the river banks. Everyone looked worried, apparently I had been gone for quite a while and therefore most people were amazed to see me come out alive.

Quite honestly I do not know what had happened but I felt transported to another world and I was struggling with coming back.

River stories and songs
Nduduzo Makhathini

2 thoughts on “My People and Water

  1. Smanga Thango Idamu Lamahlebo

    Sizwe Ngcobo writes and i quote him. …See More
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini Thokoza, I see parallels here… The symbolisms of water in African cultures and traditions 🙏🏽
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    Khanyo O. Mjamba
    Khanyo O. Mjamba Part of my clan name as uGaba is ‘Umntu Womlambo’ (Umuntu womfula). This post is especially poignant to me. ❤
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini Thokoza 🙏🏽
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    Moabi Kotu
    Moabi Kotu Wooow. I love your piano and your musical inclination , im a fan, and every time i listen to your Piano its a study on its own. However in recent times your spirituality draws me to you more, i feel it in the music but i would love to hear it Orated, i…See More
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini I hear you Bafo, I'm really fascinated by narratives I derived most of my music from lived experience, dreams and visions… Soon I will have the strength to fully incorporate these worlds in my performances
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    Eugene Skeef
    Eugene Skeef Thanks for sharing this powerful story, Nduduzo Makhathini. I can relate to it. I just read it out loud to Azra ❤
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    Mpumi Ndayi
    Mpumi Ndayi Very powerful indeed!
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    Aryan Kaganof
    Aryan Kaganof what you describe above is exactly the sensation of watching and listening to you play – total immersion in a river of pure sound
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    Siyabonga Dlangalala
    Siyabonga Dlangalala Btful story Makhathini
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    Mzingisi Peyana
    Mzingisi Peyana Thokoza
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    Fundiswa Kepeyi
    Fundiswa Kepeyi Thokoza Makhathini. Inspired. I relate. Thanks for reminding a lot of those who are struggling to deal with their spirituality that indeed there are such things and they are fortunate to be given an opportunity to be intouch with that world and infact they are normal beings that are favoured in a different way. Embracing the gift is the best they could do.
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini Kunjalo Sisi wami, Makwande
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini Brother Maseko nansi ireflection yamanzi…
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    Philani Matsha Njapha
    Philani Matsha Njapha Water not got enemy…if soup you dey make, water you dey use, as Fela would sing.

    My childhood in Chesterville was filled with playing in the water, Chesterville is sandwiched between two rivers one on the eastern side is Umkumbaan: a tributary of Um…See More
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    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Nduduzo Makhathini Beautiful

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