Melodi Ya Matsha (Birth of rhythm)

Melodi ya matsha is a celebration of music. The 1,2m x 12m artwork, designed for the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State, beautifies the foyer wall of the concert hall.

The mosaic piece refers to musical expression through eleven panels, each showcasing a variation of musical style and rhythm. Each style is represented in a different mosaic style – the classical is rendered in formal, Byzantine mosaic style, while modern music is reflected in a looser and bolder Contemporary style.

The most prominent central figure featured in the artwork is a female vocalist who finds expression in a natural instrument – her own voice. The guitarist to her right plays one of the oldest instruments known to humankind – a string instrument. Surrounded with symbols for musical scores, the trumpet player seems to be engaged in a continuous state of practicing and performing, searching for the perfect sound.. The central panels are flanked with ‘quieter’ panels on both sides, referring to ‘pianissimo’, the soft, slow music from a musical score, and culminate with precise numbers expressing timing, rhythm, pace & cue.

Melodi ya matsha was commissioned by The University of the Free State for the Lotto Sculpture-on-Campus Project, sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), with a contribution made by Hollard Insurance.

Pat Mautloa Biography

PAT MAUTLOA (1952-) studied art a host of small schools and art centres before obtaining a Diploma in Fine Art from the prestigious ELC Art Centre at Rorke’s Drift, Natal in 1979. He became a full-time artist in 1992, and has participated in several significant local and international exhibitions. His work forms part of numerous prominent collections including Spier, Hollard Insurance, the University of Fort Hare, The Johannesburg Art Museum, Sasol, Nedcor and MTN.


Artist: Kagiso Patrick Mautloa

Date: 2011

Location: Odeion Hall, The University of the Free State


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