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SENZE-NJE (article first published : 2003-01-24)

The Playhouse Company’s outreach project. Senze-nje is described as a “festival cum competition”, a success story which began last year and features indlamu, isicathamiya, indigenous gospel and maskanda. Reaching all regions of KZN, and particularly the rural areas, the aim of the project is to promote the arts and to offer a performance platform to different communities through the services of The Playhouse Transnet Foundation Truck/Stage.

This year the festival has been broadened with the partnerships that KZN Municipalities have formed with The Playhouse Company. The nine district municipalities that form part of Senje-nje are Amajuba, Uthukela, Ugu, Sisonke, Umzinyathi, Umklanyakude, Zululand, Metro and Ilembe. With the help of these municipalities, the Playhouse has identified co-ordinators. Working in consultation with the Playhouse, they will be responsible for the smooth running of the various competitions in the different districts.

Senze-nje has begun with a bang as rural communities competed on a municipality level in their regions and are now preparing for the grand finale at The Playhouse Opera Theatre on January 25. All those reaching first position from all municipalities will compete in the disciplines of Gospel, Isicathamiya, Maskanda and Indiamu. Overall winners from the first three disciplines will each win a recording deal of a full CD of their compositions. The Playhouse will assist in promoting their albums by co-ordinating festivals in their areas and further afield in the KZN region.

Loosely translated into English, Senze-nje means “this is how we do it”. More information from Thanduxolo Zulu on 031 369 9448.




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