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KZN gears up for Botho Heritage Festival

Josee Atumenga: a KiSwahili poet performing at Botho Festival in a piece called Mimi NiAfrika on Sunday 27 Oct Supplied Josee Atumenga: a KiSwahili poet performing at Botho Festival in a piece called Mimi NiAfrika on Sunday 27 Oct
Arts festival promises strong line-up with performers from KZN and other African countries
October 23, 2019
Staff reporter
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Wushwini Pan African Centre alongside Inanda Dam will stage its ground-breaking Botho Heritage Festival from 23- 27 October, 2019.
Wushwini Pan African Centre, spearheaded by its founder and festival director, Jerry Pooe, will host a five-day arts festival titled  Botho Heritage International Festival ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’. This annual cultural initiative runs from 23 to 27 October at Wushwini, overlooking the scenic Inanda Dam in KwaNgcolosi, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
"We warmly welcome all our Botho Heritage International Festival artists and audiences. This sixth annual festival is given in salute of South Africa’s 25 Years of Democracy, while celebrating our freedom as South Africans. We also celebrate who we are. Without our heritage, our culture, our roots, our history, we are a lost nation. ‘Botho’ is a Sotho word meaning ‘ubuntu’.  Non-practice of ubuntu, which is what defines us as Africans, leaves us soulless humans. It is thus we stage the festival by beating the drums to revive ubuntu bethu," said Pooe.
"Botho Heritage Festival features a vibrant programme of acts by a strong line-up of groups and companies from KwaZulu-Natal, Uganda, Botswana, Repubic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Gauteng and Free State, showcasing quality dance, music, theatre, storytelling, exhibitions literature, fashion, crafts, wine tasting and poetry. 
"We are sincerely grateful to Ethekwini Municipality and KZN Department of Arts and Culture for supporting the festival, not forgetting all the participants who believe in the vision of this festival, and all Wushwini and Eager Artists staff for the hard work in ensuring the success of this festival. We invite you to participate and to enjoy the rare experience in our Kingdom."
Sacred Music Sacred Sounds,   the festival’s opening event, is directed by Jerry Pooe and Bongumusa Shabalala featuring Victor Sithole, Omama Besigekle, Volley Nchabeleng, Omama BaseWushwini, Xolani Henema, Nhlakanipho Maphumulo and Madala Kunene. This will be held on Thursday 23 October from 7pm to 8pm as the official launch of the festival. The performance will introduce our audiences in deep African roots through indigenous sounds and melodies reminding Africans who they are.
On the same day will be having a feast of theatre performances from 11 am such as Iso Lomona, The Dress, Bafana’s Proposal, for the community and learners, followed on Thursday 24 by  The Tribe, Umagejageja, Aluta Continua theatre pieces, a workshop at 1pm by Baby Cele of Uzalo on Acting For Television, then Imvunge Yezinkonkoni and  Isisekelo dance pieces, closing the night with an internationally acclaimed   Mother Africa and Her Melodies by Volley Nchabeleng, followed by Fashion show co-ordinated by Nguni Shades and Wine Tasting.
The programme on Friday 25 October opens at 11am with The Power of Amahubo  Workshop by an expect on indigenous music Mbuso Khoza, followed by an award winning production Rooilug byJefferson,J, Dirks-Korkee, Morwa an award and international acclaimed production from Botswana by Tefo Paya, You Are An Eagle a story telling production from Gauteng, Ukama, A numerous award winning production from Zimbabwe, Ilanga Musical from North West, closing the evening with DJ BROWN.
On Saturday the 26th will have a feast of indigenous celebration featuring IMVUMO from different groups, Khoi San dancers, Griqualand dancers, Basotho Dancers with maskandi explosion featuring KHUZANI, Matshitshi Ngema, Mancushe, Izintombi Zengidi, Amachube Amahle and local groups the programme will be directed by Dudu Khoza of Ukhozi FM. The night will be closed by the battle of the local DJ’s. In the library we will also have Sir Roel Twinstra  (Netherlands) and Dr Emma Durden (SA) Introducing their three theatre books.
On Sunday the 27th the festival will close with Music Meets Poetry featuring Bongani Mavuso a celebrated poet,  Samukelisiwe Mthethwa from Swaziland, Josee Apumanga DRC, Bongani Nkwanyana, Naema K, Bongani Baai and DJ Muntu. 
Botho Heritage International Festival tickets are R20 per show for theatre and dance and R50 for a day pass.
The Saturday’ Maskandi Explosion and Sunday’s Music Meets Poetry tickets are R50. For more information please contact Zethu Phoswa 067 230 4214.
Last modified onWednesday, 23 October 2019 15:43