Market Theatre in association with Soweto Theatre presents The Gibson Kente Tribute.
The late Gibson “Bra Gib” Kente (1932 – 2004) is reverently referred to as the father of township theatre. He left an indelible mark in the theatre industry. Plays like ‘How Long’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Too Late’ among many others spoke to the heart of what indigenous South Africans experienced under a repressive apartheid regime.
It is from the townships that legends like him have influenced the cultural, economic and political landscape of South Africa and various parts of the globe. Gibson Kente was a theatre extraordinaire; he was a director, producer, playwright, music composer and choreographer of his own plays.
The father of township theatre is a title which he richly deserved, given the extent to which he wrote and performed plays which reflected on township life, and trained and inspired hundreds of black actors and singers at a time when black creativity was viewed as a threat and suppressed by the apartheid state. Using the limited resources available in townships, Kente was a cardinal storyteller creating musicals and plays that illustrated black pain, love and aspiration in the time of apartheid. He died on 7 November 2004.
To coincide with the 55th anniversary when Gibson Kente produced his first play, Manana, The Jazz Prophet, which featured celebrated musicians Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu in their early years, the Market Theatre is delighted to announce that it will commemorate Kente’s life and works in a musical tribute of songs from the plays he produced. The Gibson Kente Musical is produced by the Soweto Theatre and will be presented at the Market Theatre in partnership with the Joburg City Theatres.
The Gibson Kente Musical will immerse audiences in beautifully haunting sounds that Kente orchestrated in Dube, Soweto. It will be a spectacular collage honouring his legacy and his exceptional body of work that was composed with a brave stylistic artistry driven by an array of emotions. The music will ignite the memories of yesteryear and the passion that was possessed by the young man from a small town outside East London.
The Gibson Kente Tribute Show will be on at The Market Theatre for a limited season from 13 – 29 April 2018. Be part of this historic tribute concert full of timeless music by the Great Bra Gibson Kente by buying your tickets now.
Director: Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele
Set and Costume Designer: Nthabiseng Mokone
Lighting Designer: Sedi Moswane
AV Designers: Makhaola Ndebele
Sound Designer: Mthobisi Cele
Stage Manager: Sedi Moswane
Mxolisi and Siboniso (Soulphiatown)
Ntsika Fana Ngxanga
Season: 13 – 29 April 2018
Venue: The John Kani
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday at 20:00 and Sunday at 15:00
Tuesday – Sunday R90 – R150
Student Prices: R70
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641 ext 203 or Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204.