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PERCUSSION EXPLOSION (article first published : 2006-04-10)

Directed by Skhumbuzo Nsele, Percussion Explosion is a new production from Lucky Gumede Productions. Choreography is by Skhumbuzo Nsele and the cast with drums combination Lucky Gumede and Malusi Ndlovu. The show features Sibusisiwe Ngubane and Nkululeko Ntombela.

Sibusisiwe Ngubane is a multi-talented artist who studied BA Drama and Music at University of Natal Durban. She took part in various major performances with acclaimed performers such as Madala Kunene and Prof Cosby Mbhele. She staged one of her dance productions, Ancestors Are Calling in Durban after touring Mexico with Isigqi Sembokodo.

Nkululeko Ntombela is also a multi-disciplined artist, being a dancer, choreographer, musician and drummer. Considered one of the best choreographers at the Johannesburg Windybrow Theatre, he studied at Pretoria University of Technology and London Contemporary School. Among the internationally acclaimed productions he has performed in are African Footprint, Vuyani Dance Theatre and many more.

Percussion explosion is a collaboration of drums and dance whereby the performers share diverse African indigenous common spiritual feeling with the audience through drumming and dancing, aiming at communicating with the elders. This is one of the unusual productions where the drums do the talking, communicating, entertaining and sharing the story. Drums are regarded as the storyteller through different rhythms; dancers portray emotions, mood and showcase the unique mixture of contemporary dance forms of South Africa’s diversity. The production revives the spirit of togetherness between the living and the non-living whereby a young man is spiritually inspired by the inheritance and spirit of the non-living.

Percussion Explosion runs in the Playhouse Loft Theatre from April 26 to 29 at 19h00 with an extra performance at 15h00 on April 29.

Tickets R20. Bookings through Computicket or Playhouse box office on 031 369 9596 or 031 369 9540 or dial-a-seat facility on 031 369 9555.

For more information contact Lucky Gumede Productions on 072 5751162 or 082 216 4522 or e-mail: skhumbuzo@yahoo.com

Percussion Explosion is sponsored by the National Arts Council of South Africa and Artists Productions.




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