ABOUT THE SHOW
Do not miss RHYTHMS THE GUMBOOTS SHOW for 24 outstanding performances from 04 till 28 June at THE LYRIC THEATRE in GOLD REEF CITY CASINO, JOHANNESBURG. From 1871, their departure from Zululand to the mines, let yourself be transported by the tribal songs and be captured by the intense rhythms of the South African’s miners dances, the famous gumboots. This show is a physical performance, a historical tale and a digest of the best of traditional South African dance and singing. The principal instruments are their black boots, pounding the ground, and the callous hands of the dancers who beat, tap, ring and vibrate the gum. Guitars, piano, percussion, marimba and drums accompany the dances and songs in English, Zulu and Xhosa. Fierce dances, art of rhythm and captivating songs ... as all audience who have already attended the show, you will not resist the urge to get up and to dance entrained during 1:30 by fifteen fabulous dancers, singers and musicians from Soweto! RHYTHMS THE GUMBOOTS SHOW, a great moment of happiness to enjoy with your family. ‘’Gumboots gave silenced miners a voice’’ The Star (South Africa) ‘’Dancers leave audience whistling, ululating’’ Daily Sun (South Africa)
Show poster, Rhythms The gumboots Show in Johannesburg.
cancelled covid-19
SYNOPSIS
Rhythms The Gumboots Show Live
It all begins in Zululand in 1871. The Zulus celebrate their departure for the mines of Johannesburg South Africa, leaving their wifes and children in the hope of a better live. In the suffocating heat of the mine, half naked and dressed in skins, the miners create the first codes of rhythmic languages using their tools. As time goes by, the miners abandon their skins for pants and rubber boots and the first rails are installed. Forced to work in an unsanitary and inhuman conditions, many of them die. Discovering a body lying in a cocopan (little wagon), one of the miner starts to shout. He is immediately warned by one of his own reminding him that it is strictly forbidden to speak. This is how they start hitting their boots in order to be able to communicate which each other. Other deported miners from Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe meet with South African miners and exchange the different rhythmic codes of their languages giving birth to the dance of gumboots. Over time, during their break time, the miners meet to share rare moments of relaxation and hope by singing and dancing.
THE CREATIVES
Antonio de Carvalho, Lighting Designer
ANTONIO DE CARVALHO Lighting Designer
Mandla Nhlapo, Vocal Coach, Assistant Musical Director
MANDLA NHLAPO Vocal Coach, Assistant Musical Director
Mduduzi Magagula, Choreographer
MDUDUZI MAGAGULA Choreographer
Vincent Ncabashe, Author, Compositor, Musical Director
VINCENT NCABASHE Author, Compositor, Musical Director
Magda Hadnagy, Creator, Director, Scenographer, Costume Designer
MAGDA HADNAGY Creator Director Scenographer Costume Designer
Philippe Barreau, Creator, Producer
PHILIPPE BARREAU Creator Producer
PERFORMERS
VINCENT NCABASHE lead vocal, guitar player
MDUDUZI MAGAGULA lead vocal, dancer
BONGUKWANDA MNIKATI dancer, singer
THABANG MDHLETSHE dancer, singer
TEBOHO THEBEHADI dancer, singer
LINDOKUHLE RADEBE dancer, singer
NKOSINATHI MLANGENI dancer, singer
VUYO QHABA dancer, singer
GIFT RADEBE dancer, singer
SIFISO MALULEKA dancer, singer
INNOCENT MDLALOSE musician, drums
MANDLA NHLAPO lead vocal, musician, percussions
ITUMELENG NKONKO musician, keyboard
INNOCENT HLOBO musician, bass
JEQE NTULI musician, marimba
NELSON MAKHOKHA special guest musician, flute
GALLERY
PRESS  SOUTH AFRICA

The Star

20 feb. 2020

Daily Sun

24 feb. 2020

Blazon Magazine

19 feb. 2020

Soweto Life Mag

19 feb. 2020

SACB News (South Africa) - Morning Live ETV (South Africa ) - The Morning Show
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