COLOURS OF THE DIASPORA
After ten years of Democracy South African spoken Word took the country by storm. And out of the blue the present generation gave poetry a new taste. The present clan of young writers and poets derived its zest from the likes of Zakes Mda, Kgafela oa Magogodi, Don Mattera and Willie Kgositsile … etc yet coloured the words differently. However as far as women in literature and performances are concern, it has been a barren region. It is only female groups such as ‘Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective’ that managed to change perceptions. This group with few other female poets pushed theatre doors and cultivated audience with their floetry, poetry and slam without loosing sense of who they are.
Napo Masheane a playwright, director, actress, poet and a member of Feela Sistah designed a project called “Colour of the Diaspora” (COD) a theatrical piece that incorporates poetry, dance, acapella music and acting. This production (COD) is made up of five female performers: namely Shantall Mkuyana a young aspiring actress and singer. Debra Leshika is a gifted dancer and an actress. Mageba Hlatshwayo is a singer, actor and a dancer. Thabang Masupa is an actress, dancer and one of the most well respected composers, Lindiwe Ndlovu is TV and stage actress, a singer and a promising theatre practitioner.
These five women from Gauteng do their fast-paced, humorous and hard live performances. Our multi disciple craft explores each individual’s artist’s work as well as several groups’ pieces. Our purpose is to entertain as well as educate and inspire our community to MOVE.
Performance by five women. Mixture of poetry, accapella, dance and acting. Thabang Masupha, Lindiwe Ndlovu, Debra Leshika, Mageba Hlatshwayo and Shantel Mkuyana.
Two versions of gumboots dance: 1st is a mine traditional gumboots dance and the 2nd one is a merge between, gumboots classical music and contemporary dance.
Boys: Luzuko Nteleko, Tumelo Hlongwane and Teboho Ramokhothoane. Girls: Nthabiseng Bokaba and Monkie Mojaki.
Searching for the Saviour crew
Orapeleng Phale, S’thembiso Mthabela and Leruo Mokgokong.
Posted 29 June 2005, www.face.org.za, author: Napo Masheane.
Photographer: Anni Snyman.
Kalaneng Art Tracks
Kalaneng Art Tracks (KAT) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary theater project that seeks to nurture, encourage, and develop artistic and entrepreneurial skills development for young artists. But also to impart artistic skills that the youth can use as a source of job creation within the arts. Founded in 2000 by Ms Napo Masheane, the mission of KAT is to provide a space of self-identification and self-expression for up-incoming artists to create and perform socially conscious art. The vision of Kalaneng Art Tracks is to establish an art-networking program with similar organizations both nationally and internationally. During the last three years, KAT has worked with a number of organizations, including Equal Opportunity Productions (Los Angeles), the Fuba School of Dramatic Arts, Soweto Youth Drama Society, The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), The windy brow Theatre, University of the Free State and The Market Theatre.
Posted 15 July 2005, www.face.org.za, author: Napo Masheane.