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Women’s art mural on display at Maboneng


Musician Zoe Modiga

Butchie Seroto

 

Apple-owned artist development company Platoon, in partnership with Baz-Art, have unveiled The Art of Women mural and a playlist to commemorate African female artists, which is on display at the Maboneng Precinct in the Johannesburg CBD.

The mural, unveiled on Women’s Day, is courtesy of renowned South African artist, Dbongz Mahlathi while the playlist was curated by Platoon. The initiative seeks to commemorate African female artists and their voices in society, and highlight gender-based violence in the country.

The mural, to be on display at the Maboneng Precinct until 9 October, features nine female artists, including South African artists Msaki, Zu, Azana, Ami Faku, Zolani Mahola, Mila Smith, Zoë Modiga, Kanyi Mavi and Dope Saint Jude.

Street art and murals are a medium used to express and give meaning to African heritage, struggles and pop culture.

Modiga said: “I think our stories are not a monolith, but are so impactful and it’s so beautiful to have spaces created for us to exist; spaces that see us, spaces that celebrate who we are, and for that I’m truly grateful.”

The Art of Women mural at the Maboneng Precinct

The interactive mural also features a QR code that takes viewers to a playlist, which comprise music by Ami Faku, Zu, Simi, Mila Smith, Makhadzi, Amaarae, Amy Ayanda, Makhadzi, Zolani Mahola, Azana, Inga Hina, Manu Grace, Kanyi Mavi, and Zoë Modiga. Other featured artists outside South Africa are Karun (Kenya), DJ Cuppy (Nigeria), Amaarae (Ghana) and Valerie Omari (DRC/SA).