Saturday’s performance of the Naledi award-winning musical Freedom at the South African State Theatre, will be dedicated to Africa Day. The musical’s storyline highlights various social ills including xenophobia.
One could agree that it is quite becoming a trend that strikes, marches or service delivery protests quite often result in the looting of shops and targeting of foreign nationals in the country.
In the story, when violent clashes break out between scores of students and police at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, looting of shops and attacks on foreigners also erupts in the townships. A vigilante group claiming to be students destruct a plea for free education and end up killing a foreign national after they looted his shop.
The scene is featured to highlight the height of xenophobia in South Africa and calls for Africans to unite. In it, award-winning musician, Mckenzie Matome, who stars as “Foreigner,” sings; “I am not a foreigner! I am human!”
Freedom’s Writer and Director Aubrey Sekhabi and Musical Director Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe were awarded Best Original Score Naledi Award at the 15th annual Naledi Theatre Awards held in Johannesburg on Monday night. The musical features award-winning actress Zimkitha Kumbaca, Hip Hop star Siphelele ‘Pdot’ O’ Mnyandu, the experienced baritone Otto Maidi, and 2017 Idols top ten finalist Thokozile Ndimande to highlight a few.
The show will start at 20:00 on Saturday, Africa Day. Freedom will continue to play across Africa Month until 2 June. Tickets are from R100 to R300.