The event grew out of the collaboration between Sakhuluntu and the Society of Music, Art and Drama Education (MADE), and aims to showcase local talent and raise funds. Various other societies – including Live Music Society, gardening society Common Ground and African Drum Soc – pitched in by setting up the gig and selling food. Chris Harris from Common Ground remarked that the event had a “fun vibe” and “a good student turn out”.
The crowd was full of students and Sakhuluntu friends relaxing and enjoying the performances. “It was inspiring to see the kids put so much effort into something they enjoy,” said first-year Sean Devonport, one of the spectators.
Chairperson of MADE, Jack Kaminski says the idea has been in the works for a while. He adds that it aims towards funding materials for Sakhuluntu as well as MADE’s workshops. Sakhuluntu’s organiser, Vuyo Booi, applauded the event because it helped bring together creative souls from very different environments. “This is what I call the United Nations of Grahamstown,” Booi joked. Seeing as the name ‘Sakhuluntu’ means ‘to build the humanity’, this event seemed to fit right in.
Kaminski hopes Grassroots will turn into an annual chance for “societies to collaborate and enjoy an afternoon of fun, entertainment and hot food and beverages,” all the while helping the group. “Sakhuluntu is a heritage that must go on,” Booi says. Hopefully these kinds of collaborations work towards exactly that.
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