Sonic exploration network Southern Africa

Mawethu Mapotolo

umrhubhe poet.

Mawethu Mapotolo was born and raised in Cape Town and was exposed to visual and performance art at a very young age. He is fueled by the sound of the umrhubhe – the mouthbow he has played since first picking it up in the Eastern Cape in 1994. Mawethu passionately promotes this instrument to young people in townships and urban areas around Cape Town via events, workshops, conferences and festivals, sharing stages with legends of African music like Dizu Plaatjies, Pops Mohamed and Madosini. The support and recognition from these towering figures has given Mawethu the resolve to pursue his own direction, collaborating with a diverse range of artists and mixing his umrhubhe performances with hip hop and poetry.