Naga ya Fsa – the country is burning


Naga ya Fsa, in English, means the country is burning or the country is on fire; it’s an apt title for a series of performances at the Joburg Theatre.

Naga Ya Fsa - Tlokwe SehumeIt is also the title of Tlokwe Sehume’s debut album and, against a background of the unease that is sweeping the country, for the state of affairs in our beloved motherland that has not only been raped by strangers but also by her own.

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The series of performances will be an annual calendar event which aims to raise the collective consciousness of a people.

The first in the series was at the South African State Theatre on October 5 last year to a full house and overwhelming reception.

The music of the mountains – which is ‘music of the day before yesterday, for a people of the day after tomorrow’ is a thrust of this Naga ya Fsa series of performances.

The concerts feature a beautiful ensemble of musical artists comprising:
Tlokwe Sehume – mbira, mvet, guitar, (human voice) vocals, recital
Farai Machingambi – mbira
Kgafela oa Magogodi – (human voice) vocals, recital
Vusi Jele – t/sax
Lehlohonolo Ntsoko – t/sax
Motshepe Kgawane – meropa ya Afrika, percussions
Thabo Rapoo – meropa ya Afrika
Thebe Mmushi- contra bass
Onkgopotse Sehume –keys
Lethabo Khalo – drums
and a special guest – Mpotseng Sehume – (human voice) vocals

Because we black artists who create, free within our minds, free within our heads, to free the land, acknowledge that we plan to make it more human between now and the day after tomorrow.

The essence of these performances is the marriage between musical art (music) and the spoken word (recital).

The performances utilise indigenous African classical instruments and Western instruments accompanied by the spoken word.

To bring to life this very essential part of the narrative is the use of two of the most primary elements of conversation – language and musical art.

There is a deliberate coalescence of the two.

All of this at the Joburg Theatre – Lesedi, on October 10-11 at 20:00. Tickets sold at R120.


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