By Kagiso Mnisi
During perilous times in the human experience, it is often resilience that gets the lion’s share of attention. Seldom does the need for healing form part of open and honest discourse, this is largely based on long endorsed cultures of ‘bootstrapping’ or even the ole adage of ‘pick yourself up and get get going’. But truth is we collectively are in dire need of healing. It is in this belief that music becomes the cornerstone of that process.
In the recent installment of The Art Of Sunday, Brenda Sisane was joined by a triumvirate of believers in the act of healing, namely Reginald Cyntje (trombonist, educator, producer, and composer), Nomzi Kumalo ( singer, songwriter, poet and painter) as well as the illustrious Shannon Mowday; all of whom have focused on the healing process in their recent works.
With regards to Cyntje, the album ‘Healing’ combines artistic expression with an awareness of the environment and the healing process seen as an intimate contemplative endeavor. He expands, “I wanted to capture the healing process in this new album, making sure that the listener can feel the music take them through this process of communication, forgiveness and acceptance”
Whereas Nomzi Kumalo gently attests that her debut single known as ‘The Truth’ is a love letter to self. “Each song is coming from my core and soul. I feel that it’s my duty to reveal what it takes to be fully human, and be gentle with oneself”, she says
Listen back to the full The Art Of Sunday interviews below.