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Inside The Art of Duplicity a best kept secret
The Provocative Vespertine must have the Most Elusive Shining Dark Knight, a Bruce Vayne, or a Jerk-Off & Hyde, a Nobleman Count with a Fetish to make him Bleed or even a Shapeshifting Alpha Fiend for a Freak, has been known to prey upon us Dames of the Avant-garde, The Nocturnal Socialites.
"And what flourishes at night must be never be seen in glaring gaze of the bright light of day."
Maybe then Beulah Buffoons, you'll find the compassion; kind consideration for all we put up for a turn up.
"Ladies with an attitude, fellas that are in the mood...strike a POSE!"
The 1985 record-breaking eponymous debut of the chanteuse had her aesthetic exuding the very exemplary attributes of realness yearned by every Drag Queen/ Tranny walking the category:
"Opulence... I own everything!"
|Odidiva & Zanele Muholi, September 2017 @Tarka for The Comeback|
|Odidiva in House of the Holy Afro, Paris France 2013|
Like Zanele Muholi, Odidiva is a LGBTI activist artist using the performing arts as a platformto inspire social cohesion as encouraged by South Africa's world leading Constitution godfathered by legendary statesman Nelson Rholihlala Mandela and spiritual icon Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
|BUSHWAACKING - House of Odidiva|
"Welcome home Qawe lama Qawekazi (Hero of Heroines)".
|Odidi Mfenyana and Zanele Muholi en route to Venterdorp, North West Province, STEVENSON gallery Braamfontein, Joburg 21 August 2014|
In the previous century the world was at war, but something tells me we are
deep in a war of worlds, so unconventional it beguile old methods of perception and requires us to reach for reinvention.
For one to turn the corner on one's doldrums one must believe in the faith of life. The blessings of abundance include the good and the bad. For if life is for the living when it is painted in the light and shade of contrast; the juxtaposition of contradiction of the human condition.
"We have Faith in Poison. We Will Live Our Lives Completely EVERYDAY…"
In eye of the cyclone one sees with that the ferocity of the tempest will temper how we distinguish ourselves.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ZANELE MUHOLI , ODIDIVA AS MC OF MISS CAPE TOWN PRIDE 2010, BMW PAVILION, V&A WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN
ALL ORIGINALS STOLEN IN A ROBBERY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT with over twenty primary and back-up external hard drives containing five years' OF WORK AT HER CAPE TOWN HOME IN 2012
“Yonke into enesiqalo kufanelekile ukuba ibe nesiphelo njengokubanento ephilayo kufuneka emva kwexesha elithile iphelelwe bobo bomibuphilayo.KwaXhosa kuthiwa into engapheliyo iyahlola.Kuzo zonkeizinto ezinesiqalo neziphilayo akukho nanye kuzo eya kusiphephasiphepheke ngokupheleleyo isiphelo. Zonke ke izinto ezikhoyozithambekela esiphelweni zithanda zingathandi"
All things that have a beginning must appropriately have an end, like every that lives over time will lose the life it lives.
Where the people of Xhosa are; it is said that:
"What does not end becomes grotesque"
Sadly, the hegemony of power in the previous century, is still in denial; convulsed in the most grotesque death throes.
Reinvention requires ones ability to dig deep into the mines of one's body and soul. This is by no means a frivolous task but industrious action meant to reinforce one's "gees".
That "joie d' vivre" needs to be buttressed by emotional titanium. The ability to invest in introspection, meditation and intellectual jousting for emotional intelligence strengthens one's ductility.
Hence the universal rituals of spiritual sabbatical, fasting for feeding the soul, meditation through incantation, until body, mind and soul is imbibing divinity.
“The creative arts play a significant role in igniting moments of pause in one's life that lead us to question more.
Therefore the undeniable imperative of creativity as a catalyst for socialinnovation is required in the same way gold is considered a safe asset in times of crisis. For too long contemporary artists have been overexposed to being commoditized; that this essence is endangered.
It then makes it logical to understand my need to celebrate an African artist, a contemporary, a mentor, patron and friend who has recaptured and rejuvenated this zeal to the world's attention, respect and acclaim.AFRICAN EXCELLENCE BANNED IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA UNTIL 1994
EXILED MAMA AFRICA, MIRIAM MAKEBA GREETING NINA SIMONE BACKSTAGE, AFRICAN AMERICAN ICONS OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT NINA SIMONE AND JAMES BALDWIN
Many of us in South Africa still do not realise the psychological trauma in the blackout of African excellence from our lives.
As an African Gay man of 23, I discovered that the writer I'd often heard named amongst America's top 10 literary authors, James Baldwin was not only not a white man, but African-American and gay too!
I promptly picked up "Giovanni's Room" and in the forward discovered a revolutionanary social catalyst for societal transformation. How radical? No life changing. Giovanni's Room is a story of two Caucasian gay men falling in love in and out of love in Paris was published in 1956. James Baldwin along with another revolutionary artist, Nina Simone best friend of exiled Miriam Makeba were banned in South Africa until repeal of the laws were repealed in mid to late 90's . Meaning accessing the work from their glory days trickled in around 2001 and due mostly to internet access.
South Africans watch with hostile envy and bewilderment as six decades long emancipated Africans enjoying cultural bonds, win Big Brother Africa.
Even with knowledge of Aparheid's deliberate seperation of us from our brethren , we have internalised the narrative propagated by our White Supremecist oppressors.
Forgetting the very media company broadcasting from our Johannesburg was the propaganda arm of the Afrikaner Nationalists that oppressed us.
So we carry on listening to mostly American and British as cleverly prescribed by the Apartheid regime. SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation) pays out almost 80 percent to its Western counterparts.
While we are impervious imperious in our superiority floundering believing and behaving wrongly. Xenophobia flags our debilitating symptoms from of what I will call Post Apartheid Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
"Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.
The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness.
When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness where ever they see it."
BANNED PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON HATE CRIMES AND GENDER VIOLENCE BY JACK LEWIS FEATURING ODIDIVA
This is evidenced in the proliferation of the serial pathology of violence against women and children in this nation of ours eMzantsi Afrika.
We have opportunity to embrace ourselves this women's month. The opportunity to grab, hug and kiss our self-esteem. The Guest of Honour works tirelessly as a catalyst for social innovation.
Receive the inspiration.
The COMEBACK - Guest of Honour Zanele Muholi is a timely, consciously deliberate expression of love, pride, and activism.
A rebuttal of all afro-pessimism wracking our society's inferiority complex, lashing out, self-mutilating with homicidal brutality.
We close this Women's Month with a graceful "klapback" at the ideologies that favour dominance and oppression, vanity and grandiosity.
This on the eve of Zanele Muholi's first exhibition in Cape Town since 2012.
A fitting vernissage to Heritage Month and the opening of
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (ZeitzMOCAA)
Zanele Muholi work will be part of the collection at ZeitzMOCAA including this image
ZANELE MUHOLI, ODIDIVA I, DISTRICT SIX, CAPE TOWN 2010
Another icon to African excellence, a crucial salve inthe sorcery of imagination that will one day help heal the nation.