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.
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.
“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)
An elephant was recently spotted off the coast in the bay of Nuarro. Photos are showing the animal enjoying himself in the sea water where he was swimming, showering, drinking and playing, as Trienke Lodewijk from Nuarro Mozambique Eco Lodge experienced. "At first we thought it was a whale because we get a lot of whales very close in our bay. Anyway it would be strange to see a whale at this time of the year because the whale season is only between June and December. When we realized…
SANparks announced on January 31 that three rhino poachers from Mozambique had been found guilty at Phalaborwa Regional Court of illegal rhino hunting (South Africa), and each sentenced to a maximum of 25 years’ imprisonment.
An imaginative new photographic project, ‘Filhos da Lua’ or ‘Sons of the Moon’, uses the visual medium of photography to highlighting the situation of people living with albinism in the public sphere by focusing on the notion of beauty and our perception of what is beautiful. The exhibition will run from 22 February to 23 March at the Fortaleza next to Maputo’s fishing port. The exhibition will run from 22 February to 23 March at the Fortaleza next to Maputo’s fishing port.
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…