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Kulimatji
Single channel HD video, colour, stereo sound
37'27''
2018

 

 
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Kulimatji interweaves the life stories and the different ways of storytelling of the late !xun San master storyteller Kapilolo Mahongo and rapper/musician Baka Jashula aka Obrigado in Platfontein, South Africa. 'Kulimatji' is a word in the !xun language that indicates the stories that you as a person carry with you, tell and pass on. The ancient traditional San stories have been passed on from generation to generation. They are told by the older generations and exist side by side with contemporary forms of storytelling. Like music: songs and rap made by the younger generation of the !xun community. Since the !xun language is only spoken by a few thousand people and is not recognized as an official language, the language is threatened with extinction. In Kulimatji Westerveld addresses the relationship between traditional storytelling, storytelling through music and maintaining and protecting the !xun language.