Today, I had the absolute pleasure of attending an event that links art and food in South African heritage. It was the Masterclass presented by living legend, Dr Esther Mahlangu to learners at the National School of Arts. As a foodie and previous art student, today was indeed food for the soul.
Two iconic brands, Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice have joined forces with an iconic South African artist to celebrate Heritage Day in a truly unique and inspiring concept.
About Dr Esther Mahlangu
The South African Ndebele artist uses a painting technique from her Ndebele region. The technique has been handed down through generations of women, where she learnt to paint from the age of 10. She has been creating traditional art for nearly 8 decades and her work has been showcased in galleries around the world. The internationally acclaimed artist is undoubtedly the coolest and most extraordinary 84 years old artist in the history of South African heritage.
Holding true to her heritage has brought Dr Mahlangu iconic status. She has commissioned work with ultra cool brands and celebrities that has resulted in her having the world at her feet. She is a woman after my own hear. Dr Esther Mahlangu is living proof that we are not defined by our age or our circumstances. She demeanour is calming yet bold and strong. She gentle laugh speaks of a of woman with and amazing sense of humour and outlook on life. I was honestly left speechless for most of today, and lets not talk about all those goosebump moments.
brushes include chicken feathers. Today Dr Mahlangu arrived with a shopping bag containing feathers wwhich were handed out to the students to use during the class
Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice will run promotions that showcase artwork created by Esther Mahlangu, a world-renowned artist.
Mahlangu paints in the Ndebele tradition, each stroke accurately applied with a chicken feather, a skill she learnt at the age of 10. She has gone on to achieve global recognition.
Mahlangu presented a selection of designs to Tiger Brands and the respective creative teams at Albany and Tastic chose designs for the Albany bread and Tastic rice packaging.
Brenda Sakellarides, acting artistic director, The National School of the Arts, marketing and development unit says this is an opportunity to bridge generations – bringing together young and old in the tradition of storytelling, particularly as it relates to art and family.
Albany Bakeries and Tastic Rice have already launched promotions that showcase artwork created by Dr Esther Mahlangu a world-renowned artist.
Dr Mahlangu paints in the Ndebele tradition, each stroke accurately applied with a chicken feather, a skill she learnt at the age of 10. She has gone on to achieve global recognition.
Seven of Dr Esther Mahlangu’s designs were presented to Tiger Brands, and the respective creative teams at Albany and Tastic chose designs for the Albany bread and Tastic rice packaging.
Running alongside the limited-edition packaging is a promotional campaign.
The Albany campaign runs from 1 September to 30 September 2018. There are instant prizes and a R5000 cash prize daily. Just purchase two Albany Superior loaves, send the unique code to the USSD number provided on pack and stand a chance to win.
This is the third year of Albany’s involvement in Heritage Day celebrations. Marketing director: Albany Bakeries Tiger Brands Mmaphuti Rankapole, says, “We are delighted that bread and art can come together in this special and unique concept as two great staples of South African tradition. We recognise the importance of daily food as the life force that sustains all our people and are happy to play a role.”
Thembi Sehloho, marketing director: Rice and Pasta, Tiger Brands, says “It’s very exciting to have our brands associated with this global icon and be able to use Dr Mahlangu’s phenomenal artistic talent to enhance our packaging in a way that recognises South Africa’s heritage.”
To enter the Tastic promotion you just need to buy any Tastic 2kg parboiled rice, and enter the last 4 digits of the barcode into the USSD line 12012215# for a chance to win R1000 daily plus limited-edition Dr Esther Mahlangu-branded prizes. This campaign runs from 3 to 25 September 2018. Both campaigns will be supported by in-store and social media promotions.
As part of the Heritage promotions Albany and Tastic have arranged for Dr Mahlangu to host a master class for Grade 11 and Grade 10 students of the National School of the Arts (NSA) on 19 September. In addition, they have been invited to submit artworks depicting what Albany and Tastic mean to them, and these will be exhibited in the foyer of Tiger Brands Head Office in Bryanston.
This will be followed by an official Heritage Day presentation with NSA Acapella singers to entertain guests in the foyer of Tiger Brands head office on 26 September. NSA is the leading art school in South Africa and is the ideal choice to showcase talent in all its forms.
Brenda Sakellarides, acting artistic director, The National School of the Arts, marketing and development unit says this is an opportunity to bridge generations – bringing together young and old in the tradition of storytelling, particularly as it relates to art and family. “It is a great honour to host Dr Esther Mahlangu at our school and our students will be inspired not only by her art, but her incredible spirit.”
Still painting at age 82, Dr Mahlangu adds, “Love your culture and tradition. This art of traditional paintings is part of our culture. So art can give you bread, can give you food (rice) for you to live. And there is no greater privilege than passing on my art in the Ndebele tradition that is so much a part of culture in South African society, which is why I want to build the IsiNdebele Art School.”