Xhopera, Xhosa funk, indigenous bow music • Running Time: 60 mins
Music written by Luyolo Lenga, performed by Mthwakazi and Luyolo Lenga
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Xho-pera, indigenous bow music, a musical journey, this is  Mthwakazi. Hailing from the Eastern Cape, Mthwakazi and her partner, acoustic guitarist and songwriter, Luyolo Lenga will thrill you with their vibrant and unique performance that combines the old with the new, the magical with the real. Join us for an intimate performance of this incredible duo that are warming the hearts of Capetonians across the city.
Mthwakazi, is a Xhosa Opera singer songwriter and performer from the Xhosa land of Eastern Cape. uMthwakazi has a pioneered a new style of music known as Xho-pera which synthesises African Indigenous bow music, Classical, Opera and Choral. Her repertoire is mainly derived from Xhosa Bow Music and is firmly entrenched on African dance rhythms. The songs are sung by an extremely dynamic, angelic and operatic (dramatic soprano) voice and carry a message which emphasizes optimism, progress and advocates for ubuntu (humanity) as a way of living. The music deeply explores our cultural heritage as Africans and powerfully promotes the use of the Xhosa language.

Mthwakazi seeks to awaken the forgotten times of great healing. The music represents unity between Africans, elders and the youth, different genders and different races; as everyone who listens to the music feels a sense of ownership and belonging to the music and message.

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Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or by an adult with consent from a parent or guardian.
Seating is unreserved. All the seats are good seats but please arrive in good time to make sure you can sit together.
Also we unfortunately don’t have any wheelchair access to our theatre. There is 1 flight of steps.