Umoya: On African Spirituality

KAYA FM  |  Podcast , ±38 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  | 
With new episodes out every second Thursday, Umoya is a podcast that seeks to share the various modes and influences of spiritual practice in our lives and work. We want to understand how modern Africans are thinking about their sense of being and belong. Who are we? What makes us human? And to explore these questions within the realms of indigenous knowledge systems. Yintoni ubuNtu ngezintsuku? What is the role of love and spiritual identity in the aftermath of apartheid? While the conversations would encompass universal principles of spiritual practice, we are particularly interested in excavating the numinous values and practices of African Spirituality.

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AUG

Episode 10: The Past and the Present: Freedom and Music with Thandiswa Mazwai

For more than two decades, singer Thandiswa Mazwai has captured, probed and illuminated our public imagination with her unyielding loyalty to an African world view, shared through her music, first as a member of Bongo Maffin and in latter years, her solo career. In our final episode of Umoya, we journey with the rebel singer in a conversation that brought her indelible spirit to the politics of freedom.
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AUG

Episode 9: Integrating African Spirituality and Christianity

With an increasing number of Africans seeking to explore how their Christianity can co-exist with indigenous African spiritual practices, episode 9 features Methodist priest, theologian and marriage healer Reverend Mandla Gamede, who integrates Christianity with African spirituality in his work with the Magadlela Institute of Authentic Leadership. Reverend Gamede is an example of someone who has found synergy in his practice in spite of the contested history between African Spirituality and Christianity
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AUG

Episode 8: Umlindelo wamakholwa: A gathering of believers

In this episode we speak to photographer Sabelo Mlangeni about his photography with a particular focus on the 2018 exhibition Umlindelo Wamakholwa. This exhibition was a deeply spiritual representation of AmaZiyoni who occupy a marginal place in the cultural imagination. Sabelo shares his journey with photography and how it intersects with his journey as umZiyoni. Please note that this conversation was largely conducted in isiZulu and there are no translations.
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AUG

Episode 7: Dreams: We are never alone

In this episode we explore the world of dreams through personal reflection with friends. This episode takes a seemingly taken for granted aspect of our humanity—dreams—and sheds light on the thin veil between the world that is seen and unseen. Given the nature of dreams, the conversation was deeply personal which yielded stories which demystify dreams but also shed more light on the significance of the dream world.
20
JUN

MInisode: Creativity, Communion, Community

In this excerpt, we explore the influence of collaborating in Msaki’s musical journey. While the music industry can commodify these relationships Msaki is aware of the need to approach these relationships with care because abantu badibanisa imimoya yabo. Msaki shares the nexus of the 3Cs which have influenced her music: creativity, communion, and community.
20
JUN

Minisode: Healing and the grace of ukuzilanda

In this excerpt Msaki reflects on the sound of her dreams which have influenced the threshold moment in her musical journey. It was through her relationships with friends such as Nduduzo Makhathini and Sisonke Papu who opened her up to the ideas about the generosity and grace in African spirituality which she now embraces in her work as well. In embracing her dreams and challenging the fear which came with Christianity Msaki was able to piece herself together, revisiting painful memories and using them to heal through the idea of ukuzilanda.
12
JUN

Minisode: Finding a home for oneself through truth and forgiveness

In this excerpt Zoya tells us about her own journey about bringing herself home to herself. It was through a personal experience that Zoya was confronted with finding the power of truth and how it is intricately linked to her work. Zoya also share her own journey with forgiveness as a way to heal her past traumas in order to do the work of helping others find their voice.
12
JUN

Minisode: Retrieving the power of voice

In this excerpt Zoya shares her journey with finding her voice. While she grew up knowing she had a talent for the stage and public speaking, it was while she was working in a corporate environment that she began to notice that her voice was being stifled. It was the brave decision to leave her corporate job that she was able to recognise the power of her voice and the work she had to do in helping others find their voice.
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JUN

Minisode: Rites of Passage and the Womb

In this excerpt Gogo Sophia speaks about the effects of controlling the womb through contraceptives. The effects of contraceptives means that women’s bodies are numbed, thus disrupting the energetic flow of the womb. The conversation highlighted the importance of rites of passage for women in order to mark the sacred role of the womb.
06
JUN

Minisode: The Womb As A Sacred Space

In this excerpt we explore the womb as a sacred space. Our guest, Gogo Sophia, brings to light the conversation about women’s bodies. This conversation is often shrouded in shame and silence.
31
MAY

Minisode - From an African world view, what is romance and sex?

How do we show up authentically in relationships? What are some of the habits we’ve picked up from popular culture and what do they do to the establishment of peace, joy, healing and love in our intimate relationships? And how else can we understand and deal with breakups in ways that nourish self worth?
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MAY

Minisode - How do we enter into intimate relationships more consciously?

From our episode on the metaphysical and spiritual aspect of our sexual and intimate relationships, healers Mpho Makhanya and Vela Maseko define intimacy, love, sex and relationships in ways we haven’t considered, and quite frankly, needed to hear. This was one of the most insightful conversations about arguably the most important part of our lives - relationships.

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