Two times a charm for Amam­bazo

Sunday World - - News - AB­DUL MILAZI AMAM­BAZO The Mu­si­cal Amam­bazo The Mu­si­cal

is re­turn­ing to the Dur­ban Play­house for a sec­ond run.

The show will be on stage from Septem­ber 4 to 14, af­ter its suc­cess­ful de­but there last Oc­to­ber.

Direc­tor Xolani Ma­jozi said the mu­si­cal had a brief run due to the theatre s con­gested itinerary at the time.

The mu­si­cal was well re­ceived by the KwaZulu-Natal au­di­ence, but was un­able to run for a longer sea­son be­cause of the the­atres lim­ited space.”

In May, the show had a five-week run at the State Theatre in Pre­to­ria.

The Play­house Theatre and Amam­bazo man­age­ment made a com­mit­ment that the show will come back for another sea­son this year, he said.

The mu­si­cal fea­tures 25 cast mem­bers, a six-piece band and Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo.

The pro­duc­tion is back in Dur­ban, af­ter its suc­cess­ful run last year and peo­ple have been [ask­ing] for another sea­son,” Ma­jozi said.

The the­atri­cal show­case tells the mu­si­cal jour­ney of the leg­endary Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo.

The year 2014 has been great for Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo.

They started it by win­ning a Grammy Award in Jan­uary. This hap­pened when they were on their three-month US tour, which ended in March.

In April, they also won two Sa­mas [South African Mu­sic Awards] and bagged a Wawela spe­cial award [in June], called Break­ing Through The Bor­ders

It is given to mu­si­cians who have gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion through mu­sic,” said Ma­jozi.

will be recorded live for a DVD and CD re­lease later this year.

It is di­rected by Ed­mund Mh­longo.

One of the ma­jor high­lights in the jour­ney of the group, led by founder and leader Joseph Sha­bal­ala for more than 50 years, in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions with in­ter­na­tional artists such as Paul Si­mon, Ste­vie Won­der, Josh Groban, Ben Harper and Dolly Par­ton.

Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo have also been in­vited to per­form for world lead­ers such as the late for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Tata Rolih­lahla Man­dela and Queen El­iz­a­beth of Eng­land.

The group is the only African act to have won a Grammy four times,” said Ma­jozi.

The mu­si­cal traces the jour­ney from the day Sha­bal­ala moved from Lady­smith to find work in Dur­ban, to the for­ma­tion of Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo and the hits that made the group pop­u­lar over the years.

It s a two-hour spec­ta­cle with a 20-minute in­ter­val.

Ma­jozi, who is the cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the mu­si­cal, said the sec­ond run at the Play­house was aimed at giv­ing KwaZulu-Natal the­atre­go­ers another chance to en­joy it.

Tick­ets costs R120 at Com­puticket. There are also shows for schoolkids on week­days. Those tick­ets are R20.

The mu­si­cal is sup­ported by the na­tional and KwaZulu-Natal de­part­ments of arts and cul­ture and the eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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