Celebrating the vibrant social, artistic and religious
traditions of various contemporary South African peoples,
this book is based on Magubane's recent images of communities
across the country. It is a tribute to the lives to those
rural traditionalists who still continue to honor practices
that have been all but lost in most urban centers.
African Renaissance is not only about the past.
It demonstrates the dynamic relationship between past and
present practices, while at the same time drawing attention
to the hybrid styles of dress and adornment that are adopted
by contemporary traditionalists throughout the country.
African Renaissance looks, in turn, at the history
of the notion of an African Renaissance; the vibrant traditions
of dress, beadwork and other forms of adornment that are
still worn by rural traditionalists; the continued importance
which people attached to rites of passage such as initiations
and weddings; various rural artistic traditions, and the
murals and vernacular forms of architecture practiced throughout
rural South Africa