Musical Angola celebrates unsung struggle heroes

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A new musical, Angola, by Sello Maseko, looks forward to celebrating unsung struggle veterans when it premieres on 9 March at the State Theatre.
A new musical, Angola, by Sello Maseko, looks forward to celebrating unsung struggle veterans when it premieres on 9 March at the State Theatre.

Based on a true story, Angola is the story of a generation of committed cadres who envisioned a society free from any kind of slavery and oppression. In the story Zakhele, Majoro and Mavuso, together with a generation of their time, defy apartheid and flee the country to join the arms struggle in Angola. Their mission is to attain freedom. On the way, they are infiltrated by an enemy agent and lose one important aspect of the revolution – trust.

The story of Angola is voiced through drama, music and dance honouring numerous people who left everything in their quest for liberation and perished in camps across the continent as a result. Their names never made it to our history books.

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A new musical, Angola, by Sello Maseko, looks forward to celebrating unsung struggle veterans when it premieres on 9 March at the State Theatre.

“Angola, dealing with corruption, greed, betrayal, love, sacrifice, redemption, politics and power, will leave you shocked by the events that took place in those camps. Though the characters are fictional, we envisage the story will spark debate among many comrades. This is the story of our people who didn’t return from the camps, everyone must come see it. We don’t sugar coat it – we tell it like it is,” said Maseko, writer and director.

Maseko is an extraordinary award-winning playwright who has been around and seen it all from the community level to a professional level. He is a pan Africanist at heart and yet open for ideology that is progressive, not oppressive to his people. His previous play ‘Same Difference’ received international recognition when in it toured in Germany and Brazil as part of a programme of GEBRASA (Germany, Brazil, and South Africa). Another play he wrote, ‘A Moment When Love Hurts”, won Best production and best Director at Gauteng Awards, Best Script and Most Promising Production at Baxter Theatre’s Zabalaza Festival in 2012.

A new musical, Angola, by Sello Maseko, looks forward to celebrating unsung struggle veterans when it premieres on 9 March at the State Theatre.This production is achieved through the Incubator Programme funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. The programme is designed to accelerate the successful transition of semi- professional entrepreneurial artists through an array of business, technical and artistic mentorship. It takes an artist through a professional development that assists an artist in personal development, content creation, production tools and creates opportunities for the incubatees when they exit the programme.

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