Mwana Wa Mvula
Cabaret & Musical Theatre / City Hall

Derived from the Malawian language, Chichewa for Rain Child.


Mwana Wa Mvula follows the journey of a male rainmaker, Lerumo. We witness his tug of war as his natural spiritual gift clashes with his father’s Christian beliefs.


Throughout the journey of this young man, he is faced with situations and circumstances that tests his innate instinct versus his societal fed metric. His answers lie in water as he struggles to find his balance in an extreme tug-of-war.


He later starts to understand his power and communication with water. When he begins to be one with water, his journey and path is cleared. We eventually watch him choose his path. 


Production Credits

Music by African Tones

Additional music and lyrics by Bisi Bangiwe Ka Jobela

Additional music by Tebogo Gxubane

Director & Book by Mkhululi Z Mabija

Choreography by Bisi Bangiwe ka Jobela

Featuring Bennett Mojakwe, Vuyelwa Kase, Jay Boo Khumalo

About the Artists

Amandla Dança Teatro ZA is under the direction of internationally acclaimed artists Bisi Bangiwe Ka Jobela and Mkhululi Z Mabija. It was founded in 2010 in Hamburg, Germany by Bisi and Guilherme Duarte (Brazil). It is a multi award winning musical theatre academy based in Galeshewe, Kimberley that focuses on drama, Poetry , singing, dance and music. In addition to the artistic programs, it also assists leaners at primary school level with their curriculum, including reading classes after school. In lieu of teachers teaching the Creative Arts, they come in and teach the subject and also assist with life skills education.


Since it’s inception in South Africa it has produced eight musicals (Emathongeni/BigHole/BahiAfrica/Umangaliso The Miracle/Umthombo/Mwana Wa Mvula/Nomapondo/The Orange Dress) which boosted more than a hundred and fifty cast members in each musical consisting of children, youth and professionals from around the townships of Kimberley.


In 2018 it scooped a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Emathongeni, in 2019 A Cut Above Standard Bank Ovation Award for UMTHOMBO at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda. In 2018 we received a recognition award at National Golden Shield Heritage Awards. In 2020 we spearheaded the U19 Cricket World Cup which was broadcasted to more than 1 billion viewers around the world. Our musical Mwana Wa Mvula won best Production at the Annual Northern Cape Awards in 2021, a Standard Bank Bronze Ovation Award for Nomapondo at the National Arts Festival 2022 and recently a Cradle Young Cretics Award at the International Cradle of Creativity with more than 20 countries in attendance. Amandla thrives to produce professionals in the entertainment industry (Theatre/film) and be involved in more international collaborations.  Amandla Dança Teatro ZA has collaborated with various artists and organisations in Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway , Botswana, Namibia, South Korea. 


  • Venue: City Hall
  • Location: Grahamstown City Hall
  • Ticket price: ZAR 50.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Cabaret & Musical Theatre
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Ages: 10+
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June 20, 2024 14:00 - 15:00
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June 21, 2024 18:00 - 19:00
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June 22, 2024 13:00 - 14:00
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June 23, 2024 14:00 - 15:00