A Walk with Bongi through Alex began nearly 800 kilometers south of the township with Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa’s installation in progress at the Grahamstown Festival 2000. The idea emerged of not only showing the visual riches of the township but also documenting a day in its aural life.
From recordings made over a 24 hour period two and a half minutes were selected from each consecutive hour of the day beginning at 9:30 on Sunday morning the 30th of July 2000. Accompanying the recordings of ambient sound are some of the stories and commentaries that Bongi provided as we walked through the township.
The result is a the course of a day compressed into 60 minutes – a collection of everyday sounds, stories, information and conversations that can be experienced as an hour long loop in an installation setting, on CD, or here on the web: