Though every country has different styles, they all share a common philosophy – Art is the utmost form of self-expression. From the immensely talented painters and sculptors in Botswana to the traditional musicians in Zimbabwe, Africa is an ebb and flow of artistic expression.
Those who find interest in the multitude of cultures in Africa will be amazed by how the heritage of the people has infused with their music and visual art. The people of Zimbabwe play on the mbira and marimba, which were created in the country over a thousand years ago. Their music follows a very particular rhythm, and their dancing is passionate and spiritual.
In Swaziland, music and dance play an important role in a tradition known as Umhlanga or The Reed Dance. Every year, thousands of Swazi women from all over the country gather in the Royal Village where they perform a dance in front of prospective male partners. The females spend days gathering the best reeds they can find to wear during the dance. This is a huge part of Swazi culture and is a magnificent display of art entwined with tradition.
South Africa is a melting pot of various people, cultures and religions, all working together to create a prosperous future for their country. The country has eleven official languages. Each language has its own culture, and each culture a vibrant and unique form of art. Walking down a street in Cape Town central will have your senses overstimulated with colours, smells and sounds unknown anywhere else in the world. Expand your artistic opinion and gain raw insight into the personalities of the local people. Explore the soul of Africa.