Anda+Sphelele are VERY special to me, not only because I am capturing their journey into the married life from the get-go, but because they are part of my closest circle of friends. In Zulu culture, umembeso is when the groom’s family takes gifts to the bride’s family to say thank you for the gift of their new daughter in-law. The groom’s family is welcomed by the father of the bride to the sounds of singing and ululating as one family loses a daughter and another gains.
“Skeem where is my wife? Bring out my girl, I haven’t seen her in a week!” – Sphelele
In April 2016 we get dressed up and do it again, and I can’t wait!