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San and Khoi culture is not dead as showcased at Nelson Mandela Bay Heritage event

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 29, 2017
San and Khoi culture is not dead as showcased at Nelson Mandela Bay Heritage event

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality this week celebrated Heritage Day in style by bringing in live performances at Lillian Ngoyi Hall in Zwide, Port Elizabeth.

At the event, diversity was showcased at its best and the performers did not only focus on their culture, but they challenged themselves by learning different cultural events.

The San & Koi group was among the performers that educated the crowd about their culture, they taught everyone in the venue how to count in the Koi language.

Alvinia Olivier explained how the Koi people are the first Africans in the land now called South Africa.

“For those, who don’t know what or where the Koi come from, well they are the first people, who lived in South Africa, but as years turned to ages, their culture was forgotten as they saw that they look like coloured people and so they also coloured up,” Olivier explained.

Speaking for the Koi cultural group, Simonique Goliath said that her wish is for the Koi people to know their culture instead of adopting other peoples’ cultures.

“Koi is the most important culture because it was the first culture to be in South Africa, it is the only culture that originates in South Africa, so it must be important to everyone even if they don’t consider themselves as Koi,” she described

According to Goliath, the Koi culture doesn’t discriminate, but accepts all, but her wish is for Koi communities to accept, who they truly are.

“My wish is for all the Koi people out there to know about their culture and instead of feeling the need to fit in other people’s culture,” she added

Goliath said that she was one of the lucky Koi, who got to know their culture at a young age.

“For me, I grew up knowing that I am Koi and I started dancing the traditional Koi dance at a very young age. Many young people don’t know what their talent is, but I found out that mine is dancing and the more I dance the better I learn more about Koi culture.

“I advise young people to join the Koi group maybe their talent is to dance too,” she added.

Amavulindlela, Kuyasa, Intando YabaPhantsi, the Scottosh Band, the San & Koi group, Indian dancers (Aart Narotam), Fushion Vocal Group and many more, were among the groups that performed at the Heritage event.