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SOBONAKHONA TO USA (article first published : 1999-10-1)

An article by Billy Suter in The Mercury on September 29 reported that the Inanda-based Sobonakhona Drama Society has been invited to travel to America in July, 2000, to participate in workshops and to stage their original musical-drama The Roots at college and university campuses in Atlanta, Georgia. An hour-long production in English and Zulu, it highlights aspects of Zulu tradition and culture. The invitation came about after Dr Dé Bryant, director of the Social Action Project of the University of Indiana, attended a performance.

The society was founded as a youth outreach programme in March 1999 by former Technikon Natal drama student Sakhile Madonsela. The members are mainly unemployed and rehearse twice a week at the Khanyile Creche in Inanda. Sobonakhona has already presented a number of productions including The Building has Begun which offered a political perspective of South Africa; Ingwijikhwebu; The Roots and Why? which was a production commissioned by the Department of Land and Forestry to highlight nature awareness.

Written by Nathi Maphumulo, Roots has been staged extensively at schools and community halls and is Sobonakhona’s most successful production to date. The society would like to take it further afield and is appealing for funding to help with major costs, such as transport. Contact Sakhile on (031) 901-6216.


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