24 Mar Meet Artist Ndabuko Ntuli, Making Art out of Gomora Trash
The streets of Gomora might be littered with trash but Ndabuko Ntuli is turning it all into works of art. If this is not the entrepreneurial essence of the people of Gomora, I don’t know what is?
In combination with his artistic talent, Ntuli is a Maskandi music artist with five albums behind his name and has worked along with the best-respected musicians in the country. He is also a practicing traditional healer using bone throwing as his main divination medium.
Ntuli was groomed for his artistic journey at an early age as he was surrounded by Zulu dance, singing, playing and poetry. Reciting, storytelling and art were part of daily life in his village and his family.
His focus on art followed him all through his education from preschool to high school. He moved to Gomora where he began developing his craft at the Alexandra Art Center for less advantaged artists. He has roamed the streets of Gomora collecting waste plastic and discarded objects.
Ntuli uses the material to create 3-Dimensional art and some of his pieces have even been sold across the world.
A message from his grandfather
In 2018 he exhibited “Umlayezo kaMkhulu Wami” (A message from my grandfather) at Melrose Gallery.
The entire exhibition featured works created using trash by crafting conceptually driven pieces using materials such as plastic, tin, bone, wood and other discarded materials in truly spectacular style.
He told the Gallery: “The spirit of the Zulu nation, my ancestors and our Kings and Queens, our history, and age-old customs and traditions, the beauty of my homeland, our cattle, my dreams and visions and the captivating sounds of Zulu rhythm and harmonies they tell their stories through my hands and my voice.”