Museum one-man show

2018-07-12 06:00
Zolani Mfihlo performing a play at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 7 July.                                                    PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Zolani Mfihlo performing a play at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 7 July. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum hosted a one-man show in which Zolani Mfihlo showed his art skills and musical prowess on stage on Saturday 7 July.

In the play, he portrayed the character of a young boy who lost his dream after the death of his mother in a local hospital.

This troubled boy had to grow up before his time, severely affecting him as he had to find work to survive.

Mfihlo, who hails from Khayelitsha, told City Vision he is taking his show, Dancing Heart Musical, on the road. This was his first tour, one of many he is planning to showcase to communities.

“We will be touring other areas,” he said. “Today I thought I should come here to the Lwandle Museum, with which I have built a sound relationship.”

Mfihlo has also released an EP with four jazz tracks.

Asked about his love of jazz, Mfihlo said the environment he grew up in influenced him a great deal.

“I grew up among old men who loved this music in my kasi,” he said with a smile.

“I would also listen to the songs as they did and I fell in love with this genre. But all in all, I would say even my family is artistic, even though they never followed that journey. My mother liked to impersonate people and I would even be embarrassed at times.”

Mfihlo urged other young people to believe in themselves if they wanted to succeed in life.

“Whether you have money or not, just believe in yourself and the talent you have been gifted with,” he insisted. “Remember our brains are richer than any material thing.”

Sive Mvendaba, co-writer and director of the play, said he felt emotional when he saw Mfihlo pull such “great” acting on stage on the day.

“We fought so much during our rehearsal about this play,” a satisfied Mvendaba said. “So to see him pull such great acting was amazing. At times we would fight and leave one another, but we always came back to one another.”

Masa Soko, manager of the museum, told City Vision she and colleagues met Mfihlo through a writer’s workshop featuring poetry, plays and music.

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