Cultural activist and festival director Paulo "Litho" Sithoe, 36, is playing a crucial role in the revival of marrabenta music. During the first years of his studies at the Institute of Arts and Culture in Mozambique, Sithoe was exposed to world-renowned artist Malangatana Ngwenya, who died in 2011. Ngwenya had dedicated much of his artistic career to the development of cultural life in Mozambique and was a lover of marrabenta music. He defined marrabenta as a concentration of music, dance, art and public life and mentored Sithoe to a level of excellence. He believed marrabenta could play a role in uniting people and promoting Mozambique to the rest of the world. "Malangatana started inviting me to see everything he was doing — such as building infrastructure and inspiring people to make a global impact," Sithoe says. In 2001 Sithoe met Rob Allan, aka DJ Bob, at a festival in Tofo. Allan was the founder of the legendary 206 live music venue in Orange Grove, Johannesburg. He invited ...

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