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Medu Promotions in association with the Market Theatre presents the Village Square musical by multi-award winner and curator of indigenous musical orchestra, Tlokwe Sehume, on 19-22 January 2017 at the Market Theatre,
The shows on 19 – 21 January start at 20h00 and on 22 January at 15h00. The Village Square is a multilingual and multicultural collaborative project that encompasses different disciplines of the arts accompanied largely by indigenous African classical instruments like mbira, lekope, botsorwane and meropa (African drums) as well as western instruments. It is an offspring of Medu Nakeng, which is one of the prominent indigenous musical orchestra in the world. The show boasts colourful recitals centred around African languages and dialects including some of the most marginalized languages such as Xun, which is a language of the San.
The show brings to the fore elements of cultural expression including praise poetry, the use of totems and the expression of African identity and distinctiveness with an understanding that cultural expression shifts with social context, with new forms bleeding into older forms, explained the show’s Executive Producer,Tlokwe Sehume. He added that the show brings to life this very essential part of the narrative, which is the use of two of the most primary elements of conversation – language and music.
The Market Theatre Artistic Director James Ngcobo said: “We are delighted to finally host the legendary Tlokwe Sehume at the Market Theatre; the Village Square musical show forms part of our broader celebration of the 40-year anniversary celebration of the Market Theatre, in which, at the core, we showcase our musical identity and distinctiveness. We regard Tlokwe Sehume as one of South Africa’s most diverse African contemporary and African classical musicians.”
He is the founder of Medu Nakeng Foundation Trust; its work is essential for the nurturing of the rich culture of African indigenous-classical music and strives to coincide with UNESCO’s mission statement “the flourishing of arts and culture and sustainable development are interdependent, Ngcobo added.
The show tickets are now on sale ranging from R120 on Thursday opening night, Friday and Saturday at R200 for adults only and R140 on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are on sale at the Market Theatre box office, web-tickets online and Pick n Pay (web ticket system) said the production manager, Mandla Maseko.