Sarafina! back @ the Baxter

2015-10-01 06:00
From left: Abigail Mei stars as Sarafina while Shaundeon Afrika is Colgate and Ivanita Oelf plays Mistress Itand#039;s A Pity.

From left: Abigail Mei stars as Sarafina while Shaundeon Afrika is Colgate and Ivanita Oelf plays Mistress Itand#039;s A Pity.

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Sarafina! the legendary musical that set South African theatre ablaze in the mid- 80’s is back.

Only this time it is without Leleti Khumalo in the lead, instead it is led by a group of born-frees who aim to bring the spark of the Soweto uprising inspired drama to a new generation of youth.

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

28 years later the born frees from the Northlink College Performing Art’s Department (Tygerberg Campus) are bringing the evergreen production back to life.

Based on the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, Sarafina! tells the story of a young school girl not afraid to fight for her rights and inspires her peers to do the same.

Inspired by Mistress It’s A Pity, Sarafina leads her class mates 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 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!. Sarafina! will be on stage at the Baxter Theatre from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 October. Tickets are available from Computicket

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