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Back To The Roots

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(Home/House)

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To many families around the world, our grandmothers home is the epicentre of the family.

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“Where morals and basics are taught, where important gatherings are held. The grandmother’s KAYA is everyone’s KAYA. It’s the heart of every family.

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That special place that will forever be there, through your childhood, adolescence and and adult life.

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Everything about this house is filled with beautiful memories: The family pictures, the stove, the table cloth, the smells and sounds, and even the trees in the garden.

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The seed of all things we represent, that develops into a strong root of what we want to be.

“Kaya Ka Mina, Kaya Ka wena, Kaya Ka Hina”

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(My home, Your Home, OUR HOME)

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||Photos By: Celso Zaqueu
||Make Up By: Jesse Jane

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•XIPAMANINE•

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If you Google the word “Xipamanine” a lot of references might be thrown at you. Some words will pop right up: “Crowded”, “ disorganized”, “cluttered”, “filthy”, etc.

Don’t let it fool you, Xipamanine is unique business center.  Like most informal markets, it is a world of its own. It is famous for its supersize, but in our opinion it is all the noise and excentric organization that make it unique.

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People scream, dance, yell, do anything to get your attention. They’re here to sell. You’re there to buy. Here you can purchase anything from clothing, to construction material, school supplies, food, traditional medicine and even live animals like goats.

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The people here are brave. This is people who weren’t afraid to take the little they had to build an empire. People who dared to put themselves out there. People who took the shot.

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From mothers to grandfathers, everyone here is striving for something better.

 

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People just like us. That’s why it made sense for us to go there, to trace our inspiration and bring that piece of our soul into Back to the roots.

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This is where our grandparents and parents purchased their goods before the existence of Shopping malls with defined infrastructures. It is also where young folks like us come to buy the latest fashion or food to feed their families

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We wanted to showcase in a more honest way the unique feeling and vibe of the market. Our pictures are not edited, for this reason.

 

We wanted to bring the rawness of its beauty; the texture of its environment; the loudness of people and animals.

FEEL IT, SEE IT, SMEEL IT!!!

 

This is Xipamanine!

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Back To The Roots

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This is our quest: to leave the branches and find where our tree is standing on. How far do our roots go? What is it on the soil that fed the seed?

From concrete jungle to urbanized savanna, we followed the path to the start. The Root to our morals, our ideologies and identity.

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Part I: Ntumbuluko wa mina/ My roots

Bairro da Maxaquene

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After leaving the southern province of Inhambane, in hopes of providing a better life for their families in the capital city, Maputo, Maxaquene was the first, and still is the address of our grandparents. In the simplicity it offers, here they raised our parents under strong values such as hard work, gratitude and humbleness.

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Mana Lidia is a young woman who lives in Maxaquene. Although it was the first time we met, she didn’t mind opening the doors of her house to us and making us feel a part of her family. With no hesitation, she welcomed us into her room and even shared her views on the neighborhood and our project.

The hospitality was beyond expected. From the moment we were welcomed into her home to the moment we left, we were treated the same way our parents and grandparents would have treated us. Even though we don’t share the same blood, we share the same values, for that she is a part of us and we a part of her.

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Where many may see just another suburban area of Maputo, we see the corners where our parents first discovered love, the places they used to play zoto (tag) with their friends and certainly other memories we have yet to discover.

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Over the years, the neighborhood has gone through various changes, but its kindness and rawness remains the same. Here we are, two generations after in the pursuit of a better understanding of our being, our intellectuality, our beginning.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU, WHERE DO YOU COME FROM? HOW DID YOU END UP HERE? WHERE ARE YOUR ROOTS?

Photography: 

Marcelo Mauro Photography

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Jessica Ester

Juliana Monte

Special Collaboration:

Trill Moz

Styling & Make up: 
Eliana Nzualo
Witnei Lia Khumalo

Production: Nzualo Na’ Khumalo

Special Thanks to:
Mana Lidia
Mama Lucia
Make Money
Bairro de Maxaquene Children