|Xhosa lady smoking a traditional pipe (Source)|
The eastern Cape is the area from which these people come, places like the Trans Kei and the Cis Kei. I used to live here, well in East London and Gonubi on the east coast and absolutely love this area of the country.
The Xhosa people of today pretty much rule South Africa through their majority representation in the African National Congress, the controlling political party.
I like the Xhosa people. They're a fierce people and proud, their artworks are amazing as are their songs. The hymn "Nkosi sikelel' iAfrica", God bless Africa, is world famous and part of the South African national anthem. You may have heard it at the start of the soccer world cup.
|Xhosa bead work (Source)|
Anyway, I go to the Transkei, home of the Xhosa people, quite often and to be quite frank have no idea why these people choose to come to Cape Town and live in absolute squalor when they have wonderful homes in the Transkei. They call it "Chasing 150." The minimum wage.
|Father Octavius my friend.|
|The ladies from whom I last bought beads.|
There is a lot more I could tell you about the Xhosa people, they are rich in culture and history and are the new leaders of my country. However because this is just a short post I'm going to end it off with a couple of pictures of their crafts.
|hand made walking sticks.|
|Clay pots for making beer.|
|Baskets ready for market|