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AFRICAN CUISINE (article first published : 2004-08-12)

The 7th annual African Music and Dance Showcase, the African Cuisine extravaganza is to be held on August 27 and 28 at 19h30. The show will take place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Theatre.

This year's feature is Epoppee Likelembe, a dance drama choreographed by award-winning Jackson Mamengi Kumesu from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and produced by Dr Patricia Opondo Director of the African Music Project at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus. The show is performed in vibrant costumes, head-dress and jewellery.

Kumesu, the African Music Project artist-in-residence for 2004, has been working with the African Music and Dance students, and his work, The Mystique of the Masquerade Dance, was presented by the music school as at lunch hour concert in April this year.

The story Epoppee Likelembe is centered on the African value of communal living, by dramatically telling the story of an individual Liango who initially refused to be part of the collective and as a result faced insurmountable difficulties when his young child died. He eventually made peace with his fellow villagers. A common proverb teaches that a single digit alone can not wash the body; all the fingers must be used collectively.

Kumesu cleverly retells this folktale by reinterpreting and choreographing traditional dances and songs from seven ethnic groups from the DRC (Baboma, Mongo, Mbunda, Luba, Topoke, Ekonda, and Pende). The show features the University of KwaZulu-Natal African Music and Dance students, and guest appearances from three members of Kumesu's own company Ballet Salongo Bonganga.

Tickets R25. A live Afro-pop soukous band - The Fantastic Stars from the DRC - popular in the night clubs in Durban and Johannesburg, will play the infectious dombolo and soukous and romantic rumba dance styles popular amongst South African youth.

To book contact Hazel Dlamini on 031 260 2406. More information from Dr Patricia A Opondo on 031 260 1045 or e-mail: opondop@ukzn.ac.za




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