Friday, January 21, 2011

PROJECT KICK-OFF! Visit to Oom Bolo's jazz breakfast event and home-made museum

On the 20th of January, we kicked off our project in Kliptown, by attending Oom Bolo's jazz breakfast. Oom Bolo is a community leader in Kliptown, and has devoted his house to the creation of a DIY museum about the social/informal history of Kliptown. He is an expert on forgotten local history, and avidly collects stories from elderly Kliptown residents. The aim of his breakfast was to awaken lost memories by playing jazz records from the 40's and 50's, (the likes of Nat King Cole and Nina Simone) and recording stories which might be sparked by music. The students from Funda were eager to join in, this was their first visit to Bolo's museum. We look forward to working with Bolo for our upcoming project.

On the back wall are different Soweto kitchens, dating back to the 1950's and 60's.

Inside Oom Bolo's home museum, see Kliptown letters made from scrap.
Vintage record player

Soweto crockery and found objects- with many stories

Bolo conducting an interview with elderly Kliptown resident, and former actor- about various topics including "How to be a foreigner in Kliptown?" and "How to get rich?"
Funda art students listening in on Bolo's interview

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