eThekwini to pay R2?mln for Ladysmith Black Mambazo musical

2014-08-25 00:00

ETHEKWINI Metro will pump R2 million into a musical celebrating Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Amambazo – The Musical pays tribute to South Africa’s multi-Grammy award-winning group.

The show’s manager, Xolani Majozi, while thanking the city for its input, believes such support is “long overdue”.

“I think the government in general is starting to fully re­cognise Ladysmith Black Mambazo for its contribution to South African society. It is very exciting. This is just the beginning,” said Majozi.

The show, which has just recently completed a stint at the National Theatre, Tshwane, will be returning to The Playhouse, Durban in September.

The musical is to receive two payments of R1 million over the next 24 months.

He said every attempt is being made to make Amambazo – The Musical a show with a global audience.

“We decided we will first hold various shows in South Africa for a three-year period to refine our act. Next year we hope to go to the West End, London and then in 2016 back to the UK for a premier launch.

“We intend to also be back in Durban in 2015 but we are still finalising dates,” said Majozi.

In November, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be flying to the UK to take part in another musical called Inala.

According to the Edinburgh International Festival website Inala is a “muscular and beautiful blend” of South African and Western cultures that unites “Zulu traditions of song and dance with Western classical ballet, contemporary dance and music”.

Majozi said the tie-up between Durban and the iconic group, which took the “acapella music of isicathamiya into the world arena” was that they would become “brand ambassadors” for the city.

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