The Xhosa musical
Written and directed by Bongani Titana, Egoli is performed in isiXhosa by an ensemble cast of eight young actors made up of Ayanda Dakuse, Zikhona Jacobs, Anelisa Pato, Thandoxolo Madolo, Michelle Fani, Asisipho Ntsabo, Yvonne Msebenzi and Lindelwa Similo.
The play was selected on merit as it was the best-seller at the festival and pays homage to the resilience of the spirit of a woman. It won the best musical director award (Titana), most outstanding artist of the festival (Zikhona Jacobs) award and the Outright-Faisit award for performance excellence (Ayanda Dakuse).
With music composed by Titana, this story is vibrantly brought to the stage through song. Madlamini is a strict, God-loving woman from a rural village who travels to Egoli, the city of gold, in search of her husband. He left their home for the big city in order to find a job and make some money for his family. However, his plans were derailed when he got sucked into the fast and dangerous life of the big city and now she is on a journey to find him.
Titana founded his Ubizo Theatre in 2009 with the aim of seeking opportunities, information, exposure and an artistic platform for upcoming artists to create theatre. The group runs a development programme in the community of Mfuleni in the Blue Downs and Eerste Rivier areas. There are two components to the work- training workshops and performance. Through its annual Ubizo Arts Festival they create an opportunity for new South African work to be showcased and it is at this development festival that the cast of Egoli was identified.
What is particularly special about Egoli is that the musical is fully performed in the Xhosa language. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Xhosa; the performance is convincingly strong and everyone can follow the plot. Next to the impressive acting, the musical is filled with fully harmonic singing that are cultural, rhythmic, African, and heart rending.
For more information about the Egoli the Xhosa musical get in touch with director Bongani at 0747536870 – firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.