The Show – An African Musical Journey Through Time:
The Show tells the story of how Africa has evolved through popular music, song and dance. We are transported back to the days of beautiful African maidens and powerful warriors setting out to battle to the beat of African drums. Then we move forward in time to the industrial era with the thunderous gumboot dance. The 40’s and 50’s saw a turbulent South Africa, but in the jazz halls of Sophia Town the indomitable spirit of a nation was evident in the kwela dance. The show ends with the vibrant urban youth of today getting down to the modern pantsula dance.
The show is peppered with well-loved songs, We Are Growing, The Lions Sleeps Tonight, Shosholoza, PattaPatta, HakunaMatata and more. It can be performed as one straight 45-minute show or alternately can be broken up into 3-4 segments in between speeches, awards or meal courses.
The cast and crew:
The seven-member marimba and brass band and two dance teams each comprising 10-member dance troupe (five ladies and five men) are choreographed by UCT trained dance and movement teacher, Maxwell Rani.
The African Dance Theatre Ladies Marimba Band
We are proud to introduce The African Dance Theatre Ladies Marimba Band. This five-piece all women ensemble showcases the empowerment of women in Africa. Historically men played marimbas and drums, but these ladies prove that “women are doing it for themselves”.