The South African DJ turned international art curator

Mo Laudi is better known for curating the best Afrohouse beats and getting crowds on the dancefloor. Now the South African DJ has turned his talent to art: he’s curated an exhibition featuring some of the best established and up-and-coming South African artists at the Bonne Esperance Gallery in the heart of Paris, France.

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You’ll find Chris Saunder’s photo of Nozinja, the South African specialist of Shangaan electro; the hauntingly beautiful paintings with their ghostly figures by Mbali Dhlamini; and the joyous celebrations of love La Rumba Rosa made from walnut powder, chalk paint and newspaper ink by Thonton Kabeya. There’s also Porky Hefer, but instead of his iconic hanging sculptures, made out of natural cane and other materials, you’ll find a selection of hand-painted polaroids.

Other artists featured include Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, the photographer George Hallett, Rodan Kane Hart, Khehla Chepape Makgato, Penny Siopis, Claudia Tennant, Sammy Valhalla, Nontsikelelo Veleko and Lulama Wolf.


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The exhibition is full of surprises. The church next door has been taken over by a magnificent sound installation ‘A Conversation with Gerard Sekoto.’ It was recorded in 1959 when Sekoto lived in Paris and is the first time the singing and music of the South African painter has been heard in a public space, says curator Mo Laudi.  “This is quite historic. His songs, Negro spirituals, are about the struggle and protest of slaves.”

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