In its exploration, the series journeys between the past and present, zooming in on untapped elements of Mapungubwe’s history and its neighbours, adversaries, and descendants. It brings together stories from across South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and China in effort to discover the expertise, knowledge and skills that forged a dynasty that was the melting pot of Iron Age Southern-Africa.
The series is driven by host and director Mandlakayise Dube who is himself on a quest to piece together his personal story through the lineage of Mapungubwe. He is joined by archive expert and co-narrator Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya who interrogates the role of the science of Archaeology and Archive in the existence of different versions of the story of Mapungubwe era dynasties. Together, they travel far and wide and connect with the young and old seeking answers about who ancient Africans were and identifying the forces and moments that shaped who their descendent have become.
In its totality, Mapungubwe: Echoes in the Valley season 2 offers a strong foundation of African identity through its exploration of oral sciences, music, art, language and other inherent elements of culture and tradition. It also showcases existence of cosmology, architecture and other sciences and technologies that were thought to have not existed in Africa, whilst also confronting issues about land, traditional leadership, and religion.
Catch Mapungubwe: Echoes in the Valley on SABC 3, every Wednesday @ 21:00 starting 3 November 2021. Brought to you by SABC Education - Enriching Minds. Enriching Lives.
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