Music is a powerful component of funerals in Mamelodi. All-consuming harmonies fill the air, and the voices of mourners never waver as they change and morph as one from song to song and language to language. Each funeral has its own unique soundtrack yet the same seamless flow of notes. As the Beaded Hope team listened to the Zulu, Sesotho, and Xhosa words, little doubt remained that the songs were spiritual prayers.
Funeral Service in Mamelodi, South Africa
Photographed by Jennifer Davis; July 2005