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HOUSE OF THE HOLY AFRO (article first published : 2006-04-13)

Having wowed audiences in Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Melbourne and Reunion, Third World Bunfight’s House of the Holy Afro is now set to get South Africans bopping and jiving in Grahamstown as a prelude to a national tour.

Directed by Brett Bailey, House of the Holy Afro is sexy, provocative, flash and proudly South African: an Afro-kitsch nightclub spectacular, bringing together gospel and sangoma songs, slam poetry, slick choreography and driving club rhythms.

House of the Holy Afro brings together two of South Africa’s hottest acts: internationally acclaimed performance troupe, Third World Bunfight, and house music DJ, Dino Moran (Ibiza, Ministry of Sound). Performance poet Odidi Mfenyana stars alongside six of Third World Bunfight’s multi-talented performers. Free Flight Dance Company’s Natalie Fisher choreographs.

House of the Holy Afro was first commissioned by the Sharp-Sharp Festival in Bern, Switzerland, and is a departure from the company’s theatrical work. The production has just returned from full houses at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and has been invited back to tour Australia early next year.

Make a festival date at the Rhodes Club from June 29 to July 2 at 22h00. Dino will continue to spin discs after the show to keep audiences on the dance floor till the early hours of the morning.

Third World Bunfight has been making provocative, celebratory African performance works since its formation in the Eastern Cape in 1996. Plays such as Ipi Zombi?, iMumbo Jumbo, Big Dada and The Prophet have won several awards including FNB Vita Best Costume Design and Best New SA Script (2002 - Big Dada), FNB Vita award Best Costume, Set and New Script (1997 - iMumbo Jumbo).

The 2005 tour production of Big Dada was nominated for three Naledi Theatre Awards at this year awards, including Best Musical. The company is resident on the Spier Estate outside Cape Town, where it trains young adult performers, provides a programme of entertainment at moyo, and continues in its artistic endeavours.




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