Dudu & Sabata
When Sabata Khoetha and Dudu Zwane got married, they made sure they paid their respects to their Zulu and Sotho roots…
Their parents and other elders were treated as guests of honour in a ceremony that thanked the ancestors.
According to the bride, what made the wedding special, were the festivities on the street. “There was so much unity. Almost all our guests were wearing traditional clothing”.
The wedding took place at the bride’s home in Soweto. A big white tent was pitched in the middle of the street to accommodate 200 of their 600 guests, including politicians, movie producers and soccer players.
To symbolise their love the couple chose red as their wedding colour. In keeping with the theme, the bride wore a red traditional outfit or isidwaba, which took her two hours (with the help of her bridesmaids) to put on. The groom and groomsmen wore traditional blue seSotho blankets called seanamarena.
The festivities, which had begun with praise singing (izibongo) by Thembinkosi Zwane (of Jozi FM fame), reached a climax with performances by no less than seven traditional music groups from across the country; a fitting tribute for a day that had been filled with so much music, dancing and festivity.