Baz'Art Salt River Street Art Tour
Jesse, the Southafricanist
Welcome to the Baz'Art International Public Art Festival Street Art Tour.
My name is Nadia, and I'm a local Salt River resident who absolutely enjoys sharing these incredible works of art with you. This tour will take you on an explorative journey of the wonders of public art and a short bio of each of the participating artists.
If you're facing Beth Uriel, you’re in the right spot to start this tour.
Walk down the driveway at Beth Uriel and look to your left. This is the work of our first artist Jesse Yende, also known as the South Africanist. Stay here while I tell you about this piece.
Jesse's mural here at Beth Uriel is called “Be Motho O grand in die geemeenskap” which means to be a great person in the community.
On the left, he depicts a bird in a nest, which blends with the green shrubs around it. His style usually incorporates stencil and calligraphy.
Jesse Yende promotes “South Africanism” which is the celebration of active citizenship and the encouragement of a proud South African attitude.
This is an attitude that shows love, respect, support, loyalty and Ubuntu towards the country and its people. It also means treating those of foreign descent like family. Ubuntu is a South African term that means humanity. It represents the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
At the back of the Beth Uriel property you’ll find the MeKasi Coffee shop. Go grab yourself something there if you like. Once you're done walk back up the driveway to the main road.
Beth Uriel is a home for boys between the ages of 16-25. Standard orphanages are often only able to assist children under 18 years of age. Beth Uriel focuses on grooming these boys into adulthood by supporting them in finding employment or a place at an educational institute.
If you're at the coffee shop, just return to the main road. Otherwise if you're in front of Beth Uriel, have a look at the large mural of the Pangolin over the road.