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Visually rich short Mami Wata - Woza launches globally

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2017 - The cinematically impressive Mami Wata - Woza launched today. The five-minute short film was shot over seven days in Durban, South Africa, and Ponto Do Ouro, Mozambique, and tells the story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata.  

The film features 22 year-old Transkei surfer, Avuyile Ndamase, and was directed by Argentinian duo Pato Martinez & Francisco Canton (Pantera). “Woza” is the Zulu word for “Come”. The film features the track ‘Asazani’ by Soweto based BCUC.

“Mami Wata” is West African pidgin English literally meaning ‘Mama Water’… ‘Mother Ocean’.

From Madagascar to Morocco, Liberia to Mozambique, Mami Wata is the African water spirit who appears in the shape of a mermaid. It is said that those who she takes for her lovers, return with a new spirit and become more successful and good looking.



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