“The work is composed of strong music and performances, with a driven cast of young South Africans who engage, and reflect, upon the levels of consciousness in present day South Africa,” affirms Joburg City Theatres’ Artistic Director, Makhaola Ndebele.
Stephen Bantu Biko was a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a co-founder and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement which sought to empower, conscientise, and mobilise the South African black population.
Biko believed that black people had to organise independently, in order to ‘infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook on life.’
As this is an empowering and nation-building showcase, a discount of 50% off on the first 50 tickets bought per performance is available to all patrons. To secure your tickets visit www.joburgtheatre.com orwebtickets.co.za, or call 0861 670 670. Tickets are available from R150.
Bantu is presented in partnership with Voice of Wits (VOW) FM and Mail & Guardian.
Cast: Katlego “Kaygee” Letsholonyana, Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza, ALPEA – born Lifa Arosi, Moleboheng Ignatia Shabalala
Katlego “Kaygee “ Letsholonyana is a Market Theatre Laboratory graduate and a two- time NALEDI Awards nominee (2017-2018) for best supporting actor in a play (EGOLI) and (ITSOSENG). Kaygee has worked with institutes such as WITS University under Drama for Life as an actor/researcher and the Hillbrow Outreach Foundation as a mentor and a facilitator for the Inner City School Festival. Kaygee has recently shot a short film in Lesotho titled “Insured” directed by Carl MacMillan.
Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza – Ibokwe actor, singer, dancer, performance artist and a Sangoma and Gay activist. This Wits University graduate is known to be a storyteller in the forefront of challenging society on what is supposedly acceptable or not. In his performances he is always chanting and burning impepho (a South African plant that is dried and burnt for spiritual purposes) in order to celebrate black excellence or ask the ancestors for advice.
ALPEA – born Lifa Arosi - is a pianist, rapper, composer and music producer from Johannesburg, South Africa. ALPEA is also a music director at the Rockwood Theatre in Pretoria. ALPEA began learning to play piano when he was 13 years old. In 2004, he studied contemporary music at the Campus of Performing Arts and thereafter obtained a diploma in music. ALPEA runs an independent recording company called Piostate Productions.
Moleboheng Ignatia Shabalala was introduced to theatre in Grade 11 during a field trip to the Market Theatre to watch a live performance of John Kani’s “Nothing but the Truth”. Moleboheng trained in orchestral music during her high school years where she played the flute and sat her music exams through UNISA. She graduated with her Diploma in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2013. She was cast in a number of bilingual productions including Nonqcawuse and Mbengu-Sonyangaza.
Ayanda Nhlangothi (Composer and Musical Director) Ayanda is a performing artist, social activist, director, manager & teacher. She acted in the Sarafina! movie, recorded the voice of young Simba in the Zulu The Lion King, and was the original lead voice in the ETV theme song. She had lead roles in various theatres including The Johannesburg Civic Theatre, New York Off-Broadway Dodgers Theatre and Catalina Theatre in KZN, starring in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Pantomime, the British musical ‘Boogie Nights’, the interactive drumming experience ‘Drumstruck’ and her one-hander about her life IVOTI. Worldwide she was involved in productions including African Child U Can Schools, Outreach, Beauty in Our Diversity, Umoja Flying Carpet, Mango Groove, Drumstruck and International Children's Festival.