- Mbuso Khoza is a jazz artist with a keen interest in southern Africa’s musical heritage.
- With An Evening of Folklore the artist will use a jazz take on Amahubo to bring folklore tales to life.
- Although the national theatre says it was able to convey relief to 500 artists while operating virtually they are gearing up to once again operate in the physical space.
When the government-imposed national lockdown began in March of 2020, the South African State Theatre closed its doors to audiences.
To keep audiences entertained while offering relief to artists, the theatre took its programme online. In a media statement the theatre says after showing more than 50 productions online, it was able to “convey relief to over 500 artists”.
After operating virtually for six months, the State Theatre is reopening its doors with performances by jazz artist Mbuso Khoza. With a keen interest in southern Africa’s musical heritage, the scholar will use a jazz take on Amahubo — a form of ceremonial music — to bring his storytelling to life.
Speaking about the convictions governing his practice, Khoza says:
For actualise this offering, Khoza will be joined on stage by performance artist Nandi Mzobe, Tlale Makhene on percussions, Bongani Masilo on bass, Gabriel Stuurman on keys, Sam Ibe on drums as well as Neo Mogotsi, Siyanda Zulu and Phumlani Mtiti in the brass section.
Having recently recorded virtual performances in an empty theatre, Khoza says he has missed the experience of connecting with a live audience:
In line with Covid-19 regulations and health guidelines, the theatre’s management will ensure its patron’s safety by taking each patron’s temperature on entry as well as making sure patrons wear masks at all times.This is in addition to limiting the number of open seats per show to maintain social distancing.
'An Evening of Folklore’ will be performed on 30 and 31 October 2020. Tickets cost R200 and can be purchased from www.webtickets.co.za. For more information about the theatre’s reopening visit www.statetheatre.co.za