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KALAHARI RAINSONG (article first published : 2004-07-25)

Kalahari RainSong by Elana Bregin and Belinda Kruiper was recently launched by Adams Bookshops and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

“I have a story to tell,” states Belinda Kruiper in the advance publicity. “It’s the story of my love for a man called Vetkat Regopstaan Kruiper; for his people, the # Khomani Bushmen, who opened their hearts to me and made me one of them. And for the land that they belong to, the great, red, beautiful Kalahari that can be both heaven and hell.”

This moving and unusual story brings together the voices of two South African women - Elana Bregin and Belinda Kruiper - different in background but connected in spirit. Together, they weave a range of narrative styles and strands – mythic, political and anecdotal.

Kalahari RainSong reflects the complex reality of the # Khomani Bushman community that Belinda is part of. It includes powerful photographic portraits of Bushman life as well as unique pieces of art by acclaimed Bushman artist Vetkat Kruiper. Through the telling of her own personal journey, Belinda powerfully evokes the Bushmen’s continuing struggles for survival, land and identity in South Africa today.

Kalahari RainSong by Elana Bregin and Belinda Kruiper is published by University of KZN Press and is priced at R145. It is printed on high quality gloss paper to enhance the artworks and photographs.




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