Re-engineering Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance in Limpopo province, South Africa.
“Re-engineering Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance” is an experimental exploration of the
challenges faced by Indigenous African Music or Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance, also
known as Mmino wa Setšo amongst rural communities in Limpopo province, South Africa.
In spite the fact that Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance is the oldest genre in Southern
Africa; estimated to have originated in the 1700’s, a few groups that are left are
struggling to thrive in a rapidly changing society.
Naturally, Dinaka/Kiba practitioners or baletši possess the most beautiful skill
in the composition, production and performance thereof. However the cultural, spiritual
and psychological role the genre is supposed to play in the daily lives of the communities
is marred by the disintegration of groups, hopelessness amongst practitioners and
a possible extinction of this genre if we; as authors, scholars and supporters, entrepreneurs,
researchers and state cultural agencies don’t intervene.
There appears to be a recess in knowledge sharing initiatives, a drop in the standard
of public performance and the ability of these groups to survive in an ideal economy.
Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance groups in Limpopo province are the less paid almost non
paid cultural workers in the entire country. The structural challenges the groups
and practitioners (baletši) face appear to continue unabated, with fewer interventions
coming from relevant stakeholder sectors such as; academe, government, traditional
leadership, the artistic community and society in general. One of Molepo Traditional
Dance Cooperative Limited’s objectives is to use scientific inquiry to understand
the myraid of challenges faced by practititoners of Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance -TŠA MASA CORRESPONDENT.