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X MARKS THE SPOT (article first published : 2007-04-24)

The Kwasuka Theatre will live up to its reputation for Cutting Edge Theatre and Music when it presents a commemorative programme for Freedom Day called X Marks the Spot on April 27 starting at 15h30.

The play currently running at the Kwasuka Theatre, Tin Bucket Drum, will be preceded by a medley of Durban bred poetry and music themed along the lines of Freedom and what this means to the South African nation. The programme has been put together jointly by the KwaTeam of young theatre-makers based at the Kwasuka and some of the resident performers working from the BAT Centre in the first such collaboration.

From 15h30, the poetry line-up will be headed by noted poet Eric Coolfire Hadebe as well as Sakhile Shabalala, who recently performed alongside Tumi and the Volume on their last visit to Durban. The poetry will also feature seasoned Durban poets Luthando, Siya, Nelisa and more. A special performance by internationally renowned performer Ewok will also be a treat for the day.

On the musical front, expect performances by Congolese acoustic band Irie, kwaito artist Sizwe aka "Too Short". Hip hop will also feature with performances by Nkazoo, GBC and Female Acoustic crooner Mbali. The afternoon's entertainment will round off with music by Ragga/Hip Hop DJ Joseph International from New York and DJ Rowan who plays mainly Hip Hop and Soul.

Tin Bucket Drum will be performed at 18h00. This is a play written and designed by Neil Coppen, directed by Karen Logan, performed by Nthando Cele and accompanied by renowned percussionist Wakhe Mhlobe. Tin Bucket Drum is a critically acclaimed show that received standing ovations at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festival, as well as this year’s Musho! Festival where it won the Audience Selection Best of the Fest Award.

This highly entertaining and poignant show speaks right to the heart of South Africa’s struggle for freedom and in this spirit the tickets have been reduced from R50 per person to R50 for two people, for this Friday night performance only.

Finally, at 20h00 there will be a Durban International Blues Festal performance – acoustic guitar duo – Clark and van den Hoven will strum the blues for one show only. There is no charge for this performance




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