During our past two projects, someone posed the question: “so what are you hoping to achieve from the dialogue currently taking place between yourselves, local communities, practitioners of Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance, scholars, artists and government agencies?”.

Good question.

We certainly have bigger plans and that is captured very well in the festival cooperative vision for 2020, also referred to as MminoWaSetšo2020.

As we move further into the 22nd century where the global economic model will be ‘positively’ skewed towards the so-called Knowledge Economy, we will position the festival’s cooperative to be a global Indigenous Music and Dance knowledge base that services the unique needs of clients.

Our MminoWaSetšo2020 vision reads: “re-engineer traditional music and dance into a unique brand that inspires practitioners and its workforce to see beyond their secluded past, challenge colonial hegemonies, reinvigorate critical communal collective practices, emerge from the shackles of racially and spatially unequal social environment and see opportunity in all aspects of life.”

With the festival acting as a centre of excellence with an organisational culture that attracts and encourages partnership between artists, the general public, authors, scholars, government and investors with a socially just distribution of resources. The long term goal is to begin to develop content that can manifest into a unique curriculum for the local indigenous communities who are still very much traditional.

Since one of the cooperative’s objectives is to utilize Human and Social Scientific Research to identify problems faced by the Dinaka/Kiba genre and its practitioners, i felt there was light at the end of the tunnel when Mr Rangoato Hlasane gave me a call one afternoon. Mr Hlasane had come across a fascinating book titled Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous People by Linda Tihuwai Smith and believes, and I also agree, can be used as a basis for our research going forward humbly asking, what is a science?

Some of the reviews can be found at http://zedbooks.co.uk/node/20909 .

Mahlaga Molepo is an Information Science scholar at UNISA.

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