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The South African State Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Freedom The Musical from the 2nd March to 2nd April 2018.
‘Freedom’ is a new ground breaking musical by the State Theatre’s Artistic director and multi-award winning playwright and Director Aubrey Sekhabi. It features Hip Hop star Simphele ‘PdotO’ Mnyandu, Simphiwe Ndlovu, Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe, Motswako rapper Chad da Don, the experienced baritone Otto Maidi, and 2017 Idols top ten finalist Thokozile Ndimande to highlight a few.
A strong cast of 47 members and a thirteen piece band tells the story of Phindile (Simphiwe Ndlovu), a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of fees must fall movement. Phindile’s life takes a sharp turn after the students’ protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This story is a testament of her determination to triumph regardless of the odds stacked against her by the system and as well as society. She will stop at nothing to fight for the freedom of students, for free education and ultimately her own freedom.
‘Freedom’ is further an examination of crime and violence that is rife in our modern day society. Be it rape, women abuse, racism, xenophobia, corruption, and many more are testimonies of the cost of freedom in our people’s memoirs. The horrific xenophobic attack of a Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole who was pursued and attacked in Alexandra Township in 2015 is given a highlight in the story of ‘Freedom’. The stories of young women like Frances Rasuge, Reeva Steenkamp and Karabo Mokoena, who suffered abuse and perished in the hands of their boyfriends and men in society is also plotted.
The music composition by Bonafide who is also making his theatrical debut as a musical director and actor, is raw, gritty and reflects the rhythm and mood of the time with genres of Hip Hop and Kwai-Hop. The newly released ‘Korobela’ hit single by Bonafide and Chad is also included on the playlist to look forward to in this musical. The robust choreography by Mduduizi Nhlapo highlights the urgency of the story. Sekhabi reunites again with his long term creative partner Wilhelm Disbergen who has created a set that befits this New Age musical. A soundtrack album of the musical is planned to be released with a music video during the season.
Sekhabi’s previous work, ‘Marikana The Musical’ is still on the masses’ tongues for its popular demand and relevance. The musical came out tops at the 2014th edition of Naledi awards, boldly scooping six awards out of 14 nominations. Many critics will sure be interested to observe if he can maintain the trend with this anticipated one.