Musical play honours struggle heroes

2015-07-23 06:01
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The cast of ‘Umkhonto Wabantu’.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese The cast of ‘Umkhonto Wabantu’.

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ARCHIVING Pietermaritzburg’s history and honouring local struggle heroes, Mfenendala Communications will next week showcase a theatrical production titled Umkhonto Wabantu at the Winston Church Theatre.

The musical drama whose playwright is Sobantu author Mzi Mngadi, is the brainchild of Amanda Xaba, the granddaughter of the late Sobantu struggle stalwart, Anton “Mfenenendala” Xaba.

The play which will be showcased from 28 to 30 July and is based on political events that happened in KZN, in particular in PMB.

Director Thulani Mngadi said it is not only aimed at highlighting the role played by local struggle heroes in bringing about liberation, it is also aimed at unearthing young talent around the province.

“It is about honouring our local unsung heroes. It revolves around the life of “Mfenendala”’ Xaba who went underground and started political schools where young cadres would be given an insight on what politics was about. He continued with his work even in other countries where he was arrested.

“We have characters like Truman Magubane, Chota Motala, Peter Kerchhoff and Henry “The lion” Gwala however, the main characters are Xaba and Gwala. We have defiance campaigns which took place in the seventies and to make it more interesting we incorporate music. With the Freedom Charter celebrating 60 years this year, we also honour Xaba as one of the people who were active in promoting it. We also realised that our young people are not informed about the role played by our local struggle heroes and through the play we want them to learn valuable lessons.

“We also have Victoria Mxenge, a female activist, to highlight the role played by women towards liberation.” Mngadi said while the play has many painful flashbacks, the main motive is to instil a culture of forgiving like Nelson Mandela did.

“We have learnt about our past and our painful history, but now it’s time to forgive, move on and contribute towards the advancement of the country.”

Tickets available at R60 from Computicket

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