Tsholo "Splash" Motong

Proud and Beautiful





    

August 6 - September 30, 2022

Soweto

IDLOZI LOMNDAU KA MNGUNI

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Her Silence

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DABULAMANZI

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Kofifi Jazz

The jazz series is a tribute to Sophia town kofifi jazz era of the 1950s in apartheid era.

Sophia town was unique. You had all races living together which the segregation government did not like.

It was demolished in 1955 and black people were moved to the ghetto of Soweto. It's a tribute to the birth of south African jazz, the kofifi pioneers.

Take a listen to Tsholo's favorite Kofifi Jazz musicians of that era:

Johannesburg and Soweto

Yet, Tsholo always remains very true to his home.

His love and appreciation for the people of Soweto is so evident in his work. His paintings exude so much warmth, subtle humor and empathy.

Election time is near. Politicians will be canvassing in dirty, sewer infested streets of ghetto camps.

The ruling party has made poverty it's meal ticket, using relief grants, food parcels to bait the clueless voting fodder.

Rampant HIV infested teenage pregnancy, cheap drug abuse, casual to normal petty hardcore crimes range from electricity theft but robbery, rape & murder are daily activities. Faster than hijacking & bolder than cash heist, it's the urban ghetto jungle where every man for himself.

Poverty for us all.

BA MKHOZI BA JOZI

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Mother and Child

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Jozi my pozi with views that are cozy,

from the leafy northern suburbs purple haze hues never disturb,

memories of lavender plantations persist, lilac littered leaves resemble flowers,

it never rains but pours purple showers,

avenue after boulevard the hard tarmac is polluted

by a specific soft bloom which always require the broom,

Jacaranda my city from Tshwane to Jozi

u make summer special...