Through the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, the Department of Arts and Culture has provided support for the stage production of ‘’Divas of Kofifi’’- a tribute to the three singing icons of South Africa. The musical will be staged at the John Kani theatre at the Market Theatre on Thursday, 11 August 2016.
The production pays tribute to Thandie Klaasen, Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka who are among the most revered singing icons in South Africa. Following the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the Women’s March in 1956, the artistic achievements of women especially those who are living legends are being particular highlighted.
Phambili Siyaya Arts developed the production as a documentary of music that reflects on that particular era and was directed by the award winning Princess Mhlongo.
Divas of Kofifi explores the lives of the three legends through a storyline that focuses on Zawazi Jacky Mbatha and Mlindelwa “BabStix” Nkosi. Zawazi is the owner of a Jazz restaurant called Jacky’s Oasis which was once owned by her deceased parents. She stumbles on an incomplete manuscript developed by her father, about the three divas and decides to complete the work started by her father.
The production explores notions of cultural heritage and memory and celebrates the contribution of these glorious women. Re-enactments of moments in their past are interwoven with footage from present-day interviews.
Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:
Date : 11 – 13 August 2016
Time : 18:00 till 23:30
Venue: The Market Theatre, Joburg
RSVP : Baile Maunye, 071 047 6770, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck, Spokesperson, LisaCo@dac.gov.za/ 082 821 4886
Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture