This category honours and celebrates women whose work, be it music, painting, handicraft or other form, is created using indigenous materials based on traditional methods and meanings within the context of a given culture. It further recognises those women who might not be artisans themselves but have played a significant role in the promotion and sustainability of this art form.
Francina Ndimande is regarded as one of South Africa’s most important traditional
Ndebele artists where each artist from the Ndebele group creates work that is very
personal to him or her. Francina favours forms different from those of her fellow
Peki Emmelinah “Nothembi” Mkhwebani
Peki (African Queen of Ndebele Music) grew up loving music, especially indigenous
Ndebele music. Her Grandmother, Mantombana Mthimunye, taught her to play Ndebele
instruments like isikumero, isidonodono and the african drum (iingubhe), and her
uncle Besaphi Mthimunye taught her to play a home made oil-
She left home to work in Pretoria where she bought a keyboard and acoustic guitar and started to compose songs. In 1980 she formed a group called Nothembi Nezelamani Zakonomazyana: Nothembi (her traditional name) Nezelamani (the siblings) Zakonomazyana (the clan’s name). During those days they were invited to perform at cultural gatherings, weddings and other traditional ceremonies.
Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi
Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi from Marapyane in the Hammanskraal area of the Northern Transvaal
developed a life-