Top artiste pens musical theatre show

Lewis Ndlovu

TOP Bulawayo percussionist, Lewis Ndlovu, has penned a musical theatre show which will be staged on October 25.


Lewis Ndlovu

The show — Whose Wise African Folktale — which was done in collaboration with Hubbard’s Historical Tours, is set to revive and preserve cultural tradition.

Ndlovu confirmed the developments to NewsDay Life & Style on Friday.

“I penned this production in 2003 and it was produced as a one-man act but now it has developed. The show is timeless as it is a historic piece of art and it will be important to produce this now in collaboration with Hubbard’s Historical Tours to tell historic stories,” he said.

“We want to revive and preserve our cultural heritage. We find it very good and interesting to tell stories in theatrical form so that our children and others learn unconsciously and it’s an easier way of understanding the concept.”

Ndlovu said he is directing the show which now has a cast of six members.

“The play will have six artistes as the cast, with three talents, acrobats, acting, singing and drumming with each of the artiste specialising on the mentioned tasks,” he said.
The cast is made up of Mehluli Dube, Vuyo Mabi, Khekhe and Sgeca.

“Dube is a dancer with acrobatic skills, Vuyo is a seasoned actress with a number of successful productions and an award winner, Sgeca is a songbird while Khekhe is a fine actor who has rubbed shoulders with many seasoned actors like Sarah Mpofu and Zenzo Nyathi,” Ndlovu said.

The show, he said, will have musical theatre with the unique sound of drums, percussion, sticks, stones and bamboos.