Molepo Traditional Dance Cooperative Limited

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The artform: Dinaka/Kiba music and dance or mmino wa setšo, known among rural communities in Limpopo province, South Africa; is an important heritage from pre-colonial Southern Africa. Our explanation of the art form is twofold: Firstly, Dinaka/Kiba music and dance as cultural expression - an aesthetic which has survived marginalization and misinterpretation through colonization and apartheid times. Secondly, Dinaka/Kiba music and dance as an oral teaching instrument central to Indigenous Knowledge Institutions of Southern Africa and its role in knowledge sharing.

Molepo Traditional Dance Cooperative Limited is an organization born out of the continuous dialogue between Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance practitioners, scholars, government agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, and the general public pre and post the 1st Annual Molepo Dinaka/Kiba Festival. After receiving kind support from the National Arts Council of South Africa in 2014 to organize and host the festival, it was requested that next time we apply for funding we must do it as a group not as individuals. The ultimate goal of the cooperative is to deal with structural challenges faced by Dinaka/Kiba Music and Dance groups in Ga Molepo and elsewhere.

Mission: to undertake the production, documentation, packaging, marketing and selling of Indigenous African and Dance locally, provincially, regionally and internationally.

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One of our members, Mr. Mahlaga Molepo has been selected to carry out field research on the RSFAM project at the Music in Africa Foundation. Be on the lookout for updates on the progress of this exciting revenue streams project.

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