Wednesday, 13 July 2022

 Despite that... Song (click on title to go to the ARROW SA YouTube video)

Youth from Durban, ARROWSA and Cape Town, South Roots Int. collaborated with Beyond Face in the UK on the co-creative project Despite That... This video is of the Song "Despite That" co-created by the artists produced by Sue-Livia van Wyk of South Roots Int and including singers from ARROWSA Durban, SRI and Beyond Face. The video was filmed and edited by Shanette Martin of SRI, Vincent Salanji of ARROWSA and Dan Martin of Beyond Face. With thanks to the British Council.

Thursday, 7 July 2022


Despite That Film  (click title for link to the film)

Join ARROWSA Durban, South Roots Int. CT and Beyond Face, UK creatives in celebrating the process of their co-creation project Despite That!  

Creatives from ARROWSA, South Roots International in South Africa and Beyond Face in the United Kingdom came together in an  online and face to face meeting to collaborate on a project called Despite That.

At the heart of the project they explored perceptions of each other and themselves and co-created this film to share with the world.

The film recognises that each individual has challneges based on where they live, however we can find joy in connection and shared stories Despite That!

Editors -  Dan Martin, Shanette Martin and Vincent Salanji
Coordinators - ARROWSA Durban, Bheki Dlamini, South Root Int. CT, Shanette Martin, Beyond Face, UK, Alix Harris
Original song co-created by the team and produced by Sue-Livia van Wyk of SRI.
Overall project management Mary Lange of ARROWSA.

Thanks to the British Council for making this project possible
Thanks to ARROWSA and South Roots Int. and Beyond Face management and social media teams , Gracia Nicholls, Tamera Heron and Vincent Salanji for the input and support
Thanks to Sana Bella Ebrahim of ArtSigns Visual for the SASL
Thanks to Bechet High School for the use of their venue 
Thanks to Bergtheil Museum, Durban LHM for the use of their venue

Thursday, 23 June 2022

 Despite That... collaborative song

British Council SSA cultural exchange project

ARROWSA alumni led by Bheki Dlamini, SRI led by Sue-Livia van Wyk and Beyond Face, UK led by Alix Harris co-created the song Despite That... Each hub wrote their own lyrics in a joint online workshop and then they each recorded their lyrics which were produced into a final song. The song will feature in the Despite That... film which will launch on 7 July 2022. The song building session and song production was led by Sue Livia van Wyk of SRI. 

     ARROWSA alumni, Durban at the filming session of their contribution to the song Despite That...

Vincent Salanji films Sana Ebrahim signing the chorus of the song

South Roots Int. rehearse their dance that is part of their filming of the song

Beyond Face UK recording their section of the song

Thursday, 16 June 2022


Happy Youth Day 2022!

ARROWSA Alumni having fun filming towards the Despite That... film as part of the co-creative project with UK partner Beyond Face and national creatives from South Roots International. The project is supported by British Council. 

Friday, 3 June 2022

 ARROWSA is collaborating with                         South Roots International in Despite That...

ARROWSA is thrilled to be collaborating with South Roots International to represent South Africa in the Despite That.. project. Our UK partner is Beyond Face and the project is funded by British Council. The South Roots International team is made up of ARROWSA alumni and South Roots Int. interns as well as talented artists Gracia Nicholls, Nicole Sacco and Sue-Liva van Wyk.  Their team is led by filmmaker Shanette Martin.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

ARROWSA Durban work on their film script for the Despite That... project

Supported by British Council 

In collaboration with Beyond Face in UK and South Roots Int. in Western Cape

The ARROWSA Durban team is made up of ARROWSA Bechet alumni and led by Bheki Dlamini assisted by Vincent Dlamini as the filmmaker. The team started in May to create and film their contribution to the collaborative film for Despite That...

The ARROWSA Durban Despite That... team includes above from left to right:
Monique Mukendi, Sfiso Langa, Sanele Madlala, Nkanyezi Vilikazi, Nicole Pillay, Sindi Mkhize and Jabu Nxumalo