ABAPHANSI!
Theatre / Gymnasium

This is the story of the big Ntombela clan of eMazibukweni, known for its bravery and pride in its history, culture, traditions and customs. This clan comprised 15 strong and respected heads of homesteads spread over the hills and valleys of Emazibukweni.

We follow the life of Felukwenzani, one chosen by the ancestors from the Ntombela clan to perform a ritual for his grandfather, uNkom'empunga, who died in World War II. This comes after Felukwenzani had been troubled by weird dreams for quite some time. Following the advice of his elder brother, Mthof’ozigidi, he consulted a well known and respected sangoma both to confirm the significance of the special ritual, and to comprehend the meaning and substance of his dreams. 

Without a shadow of a doubt, the sangoma confirmed that indeed Felukwenzani was chosen from amongst the Ntombela clan to perform this very significant ritual. After several meetings with the whole clan trying to collect contributions nothing happened because no one was willing to pay. 

Haunted by the dreams, Felukwenzani resolved to do the ritual despite the lack of financial contributions. This caused anxiety and resistance within the Ntombela clan homesteads. Some argued that Felukwenzani did not have a right to perform the special ritual because he was not directly from uNkom'empunga homestead.

Production Credits

Writer - Bongani Mbatha

Director - Bongani Mbatha

Choreographer - Wandile Arthur Nodliwa

Music - Thandazo Cele

Stage Manager - Zama Mngadi 

About the Artists

Kwanele Langa is an upcoming and energetic actor. He was part of KCAP Multi Arts Centre learnership ( AIMPRO). He was also part of INSIKA and The New Saints Arts, performed in the YUNG SING SHOW in CPT and performed at the Isigcawu Festival where he won Best Actor.

Menzi Ngidi has been in the arts industry for more than a decade. A talented and versatile actor, he has performed in several musicals including Johnny Makhathini The Musical, Jabulani SA Celebrate, and Afrikan Heritage Ensemble. He appeared in a Hollywoodbet TV ad, and currently he is in Majudiya Choir on UMKHOKHA. He has done a lot of industrial theatre work with Amanguni Productions. He trained at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in 2015 under the ACTORS INCUBATION PROGRAMME. 

Makhosazane Mkhize is an energetic, creative being who is accustomed to hard-smart working and producing creative work with passion that burns in her. She is a graduate from DUT Department of Drama and Production Studies. She appeared in shows like THE DRESS, UMAKHOSAZANA the musical,ASAZI, LUCKY STRIKE, ITSHALI and JIKA UZIBHEKE. For screen work  she appeared on IMBANGI and INDODAYIKHALI.

Wandile Arthur Nodliwa is an actor, theatre director, fitness trainer and martial artist. Nodliwa started his artistic journey in 2009. He met his mentor Vusi Makhaya and was trained in dance and learned more about dance. He enrolled at the Durban University of Technology for a National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies in 2016 and graduated in 2019. Nodliwa has performed on various stages including The Stable Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre, PopArt Theatre, Rhodes Theatre, and Folkwang Theatre (Germany) as well as many more. He has appeared in a few TV/film productions including A BETTER WAY TO DIE. He directed a play that was performed at The Playhouse Company, titled THE BABY IS CRYING. He is currently working as a drama and dance facilitator for Assitej South Africa under the Social Employment Fund.  

Thandazo Cele is a prominent actress, TV and radio presenter. She has worked on various stages like STATE, MARKET and JOBURG Theatre, she won BEST NEWCOMER at Isigcawu Joburg festival and has worked under the wing of Mr Kere.

Lihle Shoba is a vibrant, talented actress. She has worked on Sibongile and The Dlaminis, Uzalo and other cameo roles for Films, was part of Kcap Multi Arts Centre and won BEST FEMALE ACTRESS at Isigcawu Festival.

Senzo Sabadala is an upcoming actor, dancer and musician. He teaches dance and music at KCAP and was part of KCAP (IAMPRO) learnership program.

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • Location: Victoria Girl's High School
  • Ticket price: ZAR 80.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 1h10m
  • Ages: 10+
    • Suitable for All Ages
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