New gen students sing with Sarafina

2015-09-29 06:00
From left: Abigail Mei stars as Sarafina in the Northlink College production of Sarafina! at the Baxter, while Shaundeon Afrika is Colgate and Ivanita Oelf plays teacher Mistress Itand#039;s A Pity.

From left: Abigail Mei stars as Sarafina in the Northlink College production of Sarafina! at the Baxter, while Shaundeon Afrika is Colgate and Ivanita Oelf plays teacher Mistress Itand#039;s A Pity.

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A group of born-frees is bringing the story of the Soweto uprising to a new generation of youth.

Mbongeni Ngema’s musical Sarafina! was first performed in June 1987 at the Market Theatre.

Twenty-eight years later the born-free Performing Arts students of Northlink College (Tygerberg campus) are bringing the evergreen production back to life.

Based on the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, Sarafina! tells the story of a young schoolgirl not afraid to fight for her rights who inspires her peers to do the same. Inspired by her teacher, Sarafina leads her classmates in protests. Jailed, tortured and humiliated, Sarafina returns to school to pursue her dream of playing Nelson Mandela in her school production.

Liberation songs, like “Sechaba”, and the popular Mbaqanga (indigenous township rock) songs, like

“Kilimanjaro”, rub shoulders in this Ngema and Hugh Masikela collaboration, alongside the well-known gospel version of “The Lord’s Prayer”.

A fusion of infectious dance styles mixed with a modern township twist express the score of Sarafina! The production is directed by Kobus Hanekom with musical direction by Roshan Chakane and choreography by Tyron Zoutman.V

Sarafina! will be on stage at the Baxter Theatre from Thursday to Saturday. Tickets are available from Compu­ticket.

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