Ebrahim Sambo

Ebrahim Sambo (Cape Town)

Ebrahim Sambo from Athlone, Cape Town, is an award-winning maker of traditional ‘Cape Swaeltjie’ or Swallow kites, a style of kite that appears to have come to Africa with immigrants from South East Asia several centuries ago.

Ebrahim has been making Swaeltjies since he was a child. “My great-grandfather was a slave from Indonesia; he taught my grandfather, who taught my father, who taught me.” Ebrahim is passionate about keeping this historic kiting tradition alive; for the past few years he has voluntarily run daily Swaeltjie kite-making workshops at the festival. He’s also made sure the skills are passed on in his own family. His sons, daughter and grandchildren are all enthusiastic kite flyers.







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