Retracing thousands of years of history, conflict, love, and reconciliation, this podcast is an eight-part series on how people lose a connection to their natural and cultural heritage …. and what it takes to get it back.
Zolani Mahola, also known as The One Who Sings, is a famous South African homegrown artist, a Xhosa daughter of apartheid, and a bridge between worlds. Although she grew up close to the ocean’s edge, it felt very far away from Zolani’s day-to-day reality. She seldom swam nor went near the shore. Years later she found herself singing in the ocean – a new awakening. Back to the Water is Zolani’s personal story woven into her greater mission: to understand the ancient peoples of South Africa’s coastlines, what social and political forces pulled them away, and how communities are reconnecting again.
The Director of My Octopus Teacher, Pippa Ehrlich will join Zolani Mahola as together they share South Africa’s history and the origins of our human connection to the natural world.
Back to the Water is a production of the Sea Change Project and veteran producer Cat Jaffee, House of Pod.