Iyasa partners Austrian artistes on new video

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EIGHT artistes from Austria are expected in the country later this month to take part in the rehearsals for a video production of a musical play titled Streets of Africa, a production by Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa).

Report by Sheryleen Masuku Own Correspondent

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said they were prompted by an overwhelming demand for the play in Europe to record a video for it.

The shooting of the video will begin in the streets of Bulawayo this month and end in Austria.

“We performed this story in Europe last year and it was a hit,” he said.

Dube said they wished to showcase parts of the City of Kings to their fans in Europe so that “they (fans) relate to the story”.

“The video shoot is work in progress,” he said. “We will begin in Bulawayo and end in Europe. We have visitors from Austria who will rehearse with us for other scenes that we have to do in Europe.”

Streets of Africa is a musical that showcases the high rate of migration that occurred in Zimbabwe in the past few decades as people migrated from rural villages to local cities, then progressed to neighbouring countries like South Africa with some finally settling abroad.

“It’s a love story about a young man who loses his lover when she moves away from the village to the city of Bulawayo,” he said.

“He follows her and finds that she has moved to South Africa. The young man follows her to South Africa and discovers that she has moved to Austria.”

Dube said a number of Zimbabweans would be able to identify with the story as many began their lives in rural villages and migrated to cities or neighbouring countries in their adult lives.

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