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AFRICAN RHYTHM MEROPA (article first published : 2005-12-5)

African Rhythm Meropa is the fitting title of the Thabisong Youth Club’s energetic performance of Pantsula, Gumboots, Shembe, a combination of Ndebele and Tshonga, Zulu dance, Afro-Fusion, Contemporary and Kofifi Dance. The Soweto based dancers ranging from aged 18 to 25 show an obvious enthusiasm and love for the different dances, songs and drumming.

The 28 members of the group entertain in a choreographed story that uses dance to deliver social momentary. Strong warriors also perform Zulu dance as the group's choreographer believes Zulu dance contains messages. Gumboot dance is given a modern look.

Themba Mokgoro, the group's co-ordinator, said: "Zulu and southern African dances are passed from generation to generation and Thabisong Youth Club is helping to ensure that African dance does not die".

African Rhythm Meropa features highly athletic performances supported by a top five-piece band led by highly acclaimed guitarists Black Sibisi and Richard "Bucks" Radebe with Essence Mthembu on drums, Chipa" Khumalo on keyboards and on bass the newly discovered talent, Xolani Ntombela.

The show is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and will tour North West province, KwaZulu-Natal; Gauteng, Free State and Eastern Cape.

More information from Themba Mokgoro on 072 372 1055 or 011 934 3435.




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