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LYANDJA (article first published : 2002-08-2)

The popular annual African Music And Dance Showcase will present its sixth event at the end of August, once again at the Howard College Theatre on the campus of the University of Natal.

This year sees a presentation of Lyandja, an African tale that has been touring Europe and the USA to acclaim since 1979 when it was first danced by the National Ballet in Congo.

The African Music Project 's Artists-in-Residence, the Wacongo Dance Company from Democratic Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the University's African Music and Dance students, will perform this passionate story of a mother with many children from different ethnic backgrounds.

The story, of love and hatred between brothers and sisters, unfolds through the medium of some 15 different ethnic dances. Opening with the Baluba dance, the production includes the Kongo call and response, Mongo and Mbwiti singing and games, and hunting and fishing dances from the Ekonda people, among others.

The show has two performances on August 30 and 31 at 19h30. Tickets R25 (R15 for students and R10 for children). After the performance on August 31, audiences attend - for an additional R20 - the popular African Cuisine extravaganza, and enjoy meals from Kenya, Congo, Nigeria, Eritrea, South Africa and Botswana, at the Students' Union.

More information from the African Music Project on 031 260-1045, or email opondop@nu.ac.za




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