From Madlala to Sarasota

As part of the inaugural All Heart Fund fundraising event that took place in Florida on November 8th, 2013, students from the rural village of Justicia – just outside of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – were commissioned to create artworks that captured the spirit of the event.

Two paintings were selected by 16-year-old Hlengiwe Nkuna and 15-year-old Lusanda Mawelele.

The pieces were successfully auctioned and are now on display in a school and a home in Sarasota, Florida.

It just so happens that Hlengiwe and Lusanda are also best friends who share a passion for art and music. Hlengiwe’s passion is singing and rapping, and Lusanda, “cool cat” that he is, has become the local beatboxer.

The video below is a collaboration. We have called it “Madlala Mix“ by Giwe N. Featuring LusandaM.

“My dream is to study arts at Rhodes University in Grahamstown” says Hlengiwe. “I keep a diary, I sing and I rap. I love to express myself.”

Lusanda says that people would describe him as “tough and rough, but actually I am just a normal kid who loves rap, rock and beatboxing.”

Hlengiwe and Lusanda are both members of the Madlala Digital Learning Centre choir. They are also active members of V-Girls, a group that supports empowerment for women, and TADA (Teenagers Against Drug Abuse).

About the All Heart Fund
A nonprofit established in 2006, the Good Work Foundation delivers digital-era literacy education and career-training to children and adults living in rural communities in South Africa. The All Heart Fund at the Good Work Foundation will create opportunities for students to travel to larger communities for additional educational and leadership experiences and to connect with real-life businesses. In addition, one student will be chosen to receive the Leanna Knopik Cup, an annual award that recognizes the student who demonstrates the biggest “heart.” For more information, visit