Igoli
Possibly

the only city in Africa
where marimba and djembe are found only in a

funfair-museum
built atop a former mine

where the only signs of mine workers are:

two (half frozen) golden mime artists

two mini-statues at the toy train station

and

tour guides in overalls, boots and cap-lamps.






Igoli: “city of gold” in isiZulu




Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher based in Igoli (Johannesburg). She has published four collections of poetry and Dear South Africa, a 2019 Praxis Magazine e-chapbook. Her next poetry collection, 29 leads to love, will be published by Inanna Publications in 2021.

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