06 May ISINGQI Activation EP04:
For this for forth and final episode of ISINGQI Activations, we were hosted by the Music Department of the University of Fort Hare at the Miriam Makeba Centre for Performing Arts. The premise of this gathering is to demonstrate the decolonial praxis in indigenous knowledge systems by centering the concept of ISINGQI/ indigenous sound vibration as a repository of healing and knowledge. This perspective is aware of the multimodal nature of being, and deploys strategies that are open to various ways of knowing and sensing. That is, it explores realms of knowing and knowledge production as occuring through intuition/ divining/ ukumamela, dreams/ inspiration/ amaThongo, as well as silence/ breathing/ ukuzinza nokuphefumla.
This kind of work is therefore urgent and necessary in academic spaces as it allows space for African students to realign with their cosmology, gain confidence in their uniqueness, and provide a conceptual framework for developing strategies in approaching the epistemology and metaphysics of ISINGQI and NgoMa cosmology.