Two times a charm for Amambazo
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.