Dazzling at Artscape

2019-06-25 06:00
Performers – singers, dancers and a ventriloquist – came together to be a part of the production, Mzansi ... Many Roots One Tree.

Performers – singers, dancers and a ventriloquist – came together to be a part of the production, Mzansi ... Many Roots One Tree.

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Performers from Masiphumelele, Lavender Hill, Durbanville and across Cape Town took to the stage on Friday 21 June, to showcase their talents at the Artscape Theatre.

Brought together by entertainment industry heavyweights and the creators of Mzansi Cultural Industries (MCI) Vicky Sampson, Gabi Le Roux and Nini Schlechter, the show titled Mzansi … Many Roots, One Tree certainly impressed the audiences who attended the production.

MCI was created by the trio to seek untapped talents and bring their passion for performing to stages where the world would be able to see them.

One such performer is Masiphumelele’s Real Tau, who rapped for the crowd on the night. Talking about the path that led him to performing, he said: “Life is never easy in our townships. I am living in a community that is suffering due to alcohol and drugs. My challenge is to fight them, because they are nothing but destroying our people. I’ve been fighting drugs and alcohol through my musical journey. (With) Most of my concepts in my songs, I am teaching people to walk away from things like drug abuse, alcohol and crime,” he continued.

Durbanville’s Sydney Chanel Welgemoed (11) said that the opportunity afforded to her by MCI is one that will allow her to grow in her art. “I’m still young and finding my flow. I learn new things each day and have met so many new, awesome people on this journey,” she said.

The show came together without a hitch and organisers gave thanks to all at the end of the performances.

“This (production) is not just (the work of) these people who are standing up here in front – it was a real, real team effort,” said Le Roux, adding that there were numerous organisations who assisted with funding and donations to make the show possible. He also thanked the families of all the crew and performers who over the past few months have not seen much of their loved ones who were rehearsing tirelessly.

Sampson ended the show by performing her new song, composed by Schlechter, One Land, One Cry.


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