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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The African Passion

This Easter, Catalina UnLtd, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will bring the nation an exciting new, original gospel opera-musical – The African Passion, which is set to tour major South African cities and is to be staged in Cape Town over the Easter weekend.

This world premiere brings the Passion of Christ to life in music featuring original innovative gospel-inspired songs. The story is based on the Gospel according to St John and is a choral masterwork featuring close to a hundred voices on stage in every city.

The libretto is written by Themi Venturas and the music is composed by celebrated and award-winning gospel choral composer, Phelelani Mnomiya, Anthony Govender of Destiny Music and the Young Mbazo - grandchildren of members of the world-renown accapella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Under the direction of Themi Venturas the show features Bonginkhosi “Faca” Kulu as Jesus, Natalia da Rocha as his mother Mary, Sharon Dee as Mary Magdalene, Grant Jacobs as Simon Peter, Dewaldt Von Solms as Pontius Pilate, Caitlin Kilburn as Pilate’s wife, Blessing Xaba as Caiaphas, Aubrey Lodewyk as Annas and a host of other superb singers featuring the isicathamiya group Young Mbazo.

The cast of 21 are accompanied by Cape Town’s Shekinah Full Gospel Church Choir.

The African Passion plays out against a spectacular audio-visual background using the latest in modern AV technology and costumes designed by Nompumelelo Mkhize. Choreography is by Daisy Spencer and vocal direction by DesireƩ Govender.

Performances will be staged at The Baxter Theatre on Thursday 28 March at 20:00, Saturday 30 March at 14:00 and 20:00 and Sunday 31 March 14:00 and 18:30. Tickets cost R125 from Computicket - 0861 670 670.

Charities, churches and fundraisers are encouraged to use the show to raise funds for their organisations. Those interested should contact the national sales manager of The African Passion, Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690 or editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com