One of my favourite and most challenging thing over here in South Africa is the mix of multiple cultures co-existing at the same time and space.
Since I arrived 4 months ago I was expecting to have the chance to photograph a tradicional wedding which I knew is vibrant, full of colours, traditions and moviments.
Philani & Khanyisile are friends in common with Sam’s workmate. Since their wedding was celebrated inside of their neighhood North Protea, Soweto I was more than welcome to despict my impressions of their big day.
In the Zulu culture, there are a couple of rituals that are done to sign that bride is now part of the groom’s family. Each of them with a meaning and a story behind it. For example: the bride gives gifts in the form of blankets to her new family, including the extended family too. This tradition is called “ukwaba”. Even the long-deceased family members receive gifts and are represented by the living ones. The family cover themselves with the blankets in an open area where everybody will see. The spectators ululate, sing, and dance for the family. It’s beautiful.
After the ritual itselft, the family is invited for a long section of speeches and a formal dinner. Meanwhile, as it is a open party everybody can have food and enjoy the music as well. I think it just happens in Africa! <3 As you guys can imagine, the whole celebration usually ends up when the sun rises next day.
With Love… always!
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Music: Sun El musician ft Mlindlo. Bamathile.
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