Every single note and phrase, rhythm and motif, stanza and song, melody, recitation and dance contains the colourful language of life and all of its mysteries. This mysterious language of the kwifon is evocative of the multiple shapes, lines and geometry; rhythm, melody, structure and form, song and poetry, theatre and drama, oral history, religion and philosophy, social commentary and different states of consciousness progressively in the continuum and coordinates of time, space and distance. When it is sounded, it is only natural that individuals and the whole community responds to its cry and call. It is the Kwifon’s invocation to the living, to the land and to the Universe at large for a greater benediction to the tribe and for total communion within the folds of life.
We have worked with different symbolic themes, melodic and rhythmic structures, antique motifs of the upper Ngemba people of the savanna grass fields of Equatorial Africa, to capture the very primal essence of this aural and visual expressions and modes of conveyance of the kwifon. It may not be completely representative of the kwifon’s expressive forms as we are using different interfaces and mediums of conveyance, but the very basic structures of the aural and visual representations retains the essence.
Artist Statement 2014 © Tanka Fonta