Kwathi ke Kaloku- Once upon a time is the opening gambit used to draw the listener’s attention in the genre of Xhosa traditional storytelling.Now the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) presents a 60 minutes traditional Xhosa storytelling and music for primary school children by award-winning author and storyteller, Sindiwe Magona and acclaimed traditional South African musician, Bongani Sotshononda and his United Nations of Africa band. The production will travel to four key points in the Western Cape, starting on Monday, 18 September at Masikhanye Hall in Gugulethu from 10am. On Wednesday 20 September, the performance travels to Guga S’thebe in Langa for a 10am performance. Then on 21 September Kwathi ke Kaloku will be presented at Zolani Centre in Nyanga from 10am as part of the Fringe Festival. On 22 September the cast travels to Hermanus for a 7pm performance at Zwelihle Primary School. Here the performance will be for Sparklekids, a Learnership Programme where Magona regularly presents life skills to children from the area.Directed by Thokozile Sayedwa with dramaturgy by Mandla Mbothwe, the cast includes two actors, Sivuyile Dunjwa and Awethu Hleli.“While all stories enrich, mother tongue stories do a whole lot more; they anchor the child into the specific realm of the inherent self – inalienable and perpetual. Just as no child in the world should ever be denied the citizenship of the country of her birth, no child should ever be denied or deprived of the privilege of mother tongue. It is a birth right, sacred. To de-tongue a child, even by neglect or oversight, should be considered a criminal act,” says Magona “The child who reads or hears stories in her mother tongue is much more likely to meet herself in books; see, hear and learn from characters who remind her of herself, people like her, situation and problems familiar to hers. Even those that may present the unfamiliar will have a ring of ‘new’ but within her world, ” concludes Magona.While the production is for school children between the ages of 7 – 13 years, it is open to all other children who maybe at home with parents on the dates listed. This free entry production is one of the kind that should not be missed.Once the run has been successfully completed, the artist aim to record an audio version of the production in CD format which will be donated to schools and an educational aid. The CTMA aims to make the production an anual event.