Bonecas Grandes de Maputo. It was a carnival parade one Sunday morning in December just before Xmas. Started at CCFM where they actually made the puppets as part of an EU funded project which included artists from Moz and other lusofone African countries and Belgium/France. The procession went around Baixa and they also had another one a few days later that went to Xipamanine and the cultural centre there.
“Did you know the name Mafalala also comes from the north? According to several testimonies the name Mafalala comes from a dance from the Macua people called M´falala. The dance was practiced in colonial times by people coming from Ilha de Mocambique in this part of town. When people wanted to refer to this site in their local language Ronga, the traditional language from Maputo, they said Ka Mafalala. With the passing of time the area became eventually Mafalala.” (By Charline van Deth)
The Grande Hotel Beira was a luxury hotel in Beira, Mozambique that was open from 1952 to 1963. Its closure was a direct result of the Portuguese Colonial War, during which it became a refugee camp. Today the former hotel is still occupied by approximately 1,000 squatters.
While listening to the history of this area I begin to realise that Mafalala is a birthplace of several national heroes and, just like South Africa´s Soweto, the birthplace for anti colonial resistance and political consciousness. Now I fully understand why Ivan said in the beginning “To see the real Maputo, you must see Mafalala”. By Charline van Deth
COMBOIO DA MARRABENTA As part of the 5th Marrabenta festival (26 January- 12 February) on Thursday 2 February a train ‘comboio da marrabenta’ left to Marracuene for the Gwaza Muthini festival. The party started off at Maputo’s Caminhos de Ferro station with live music and a puppet dancing show. After the show people got on the train to Marracuene. Visitors of the festival brought their own drums and started playing on the train during the journey, complete with girl’s vocals and…