In September 2018, I was invited to be a contributing artist in the Resilient EP project. Resilient is an EP by Dope Saint Jude. A rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective from Cape Town, South Africa. Some of her inspirations include 2Pac, author Toni Morrison and the US Northwest’s iconic Riot Grrrl feminist movement.
A zine, by the same title was to be released alongside the EP. The zine was centred around reclaiming what it meant to be a badass. A curation of different artistic expressions and narratives of the experiences of black, brown, queer, fat, trans, differently-abled and non-binary bodies by Boni Mnisi, a black, queer woman.
For this project I wrote a piece entitled Motions in Bloom. It tells the story of a Black African woman or many Black African women. My musings draw on themes of vulnerability, silence, strength, growth and resilience. In essence the pushes and pulls we experience as we move through the world with our mahogany outer shells.
The zine is available for purchase as a downloadable booklet that comes when one purchases the EP on Itunes. The hardcopy of the zine is being sold at all of Dope Saint Jude’s shows, at The Book Lounge in Cape Town and at Love Books in Johannesburg.
Part of the proceeds that come from the sale of the EP and the zine will be put towards covering school fees for 3 student from Marian High School and 4 students from Matroosfontein Primary School, in Cape Town.
You can also stream the 5 track EP on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Tidal
Love and light and boundless expression,