Sound Healer

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sisonke Papu, a.k.a. KHNYSA, is an Eastern Cape-based traditional healer, storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist. KHNYSA’s work seeks to mediate modes of traditional healing and traditional music as repositories of knowledge in the South African context, repurposing found objects to craft complex soundscapes. They are also the founder of ISPILI Network, a transmedia and creative platform dedicated to exploring the creative economy of the Eastern Cape through social programs and online content dedicated to the preservation and transmission of indigenous knowledges and collective healing. Through ISPILI Network, KHNYSA has founded a magazine, a podcast, web series and organized a series of public activations, performances, and artist residencies.