Isandlwana Lecture – An African Triumph
Mbuso Khoza and Soweto Theatre Theatre Present Isandlwana Lecture – An African Triumph.
KZN born Musician, historian and heritage enthusiast, Mbuso Khoza, is set to kick off 2021 on a high note with the third edition of the Isandlwana Battle Musical Lecture. The production looks at how the mighty British army suffered humiliation at the hands of Zulu warriors just over 140 years ago and will run from 22-24 January at Soweto Theatre.
Accompanied by the Afrikan Heritage Ensemble, a 20-member acappella group, Khoza will again bring to life the true life-events of the Anglo-Zulu War, through narration, song and dance.
The Isandlwana Battle Musical Lecture sees Khoza presenting not only a gripping picture of the pressures of a war that drove both sides to a terrifying and bloody confrontation, but a definitive history of the battle that has shaped the political fortunes of the Zulu people and the entire African population.
The lecture promises to articulate particular aspects that the audience can take as lessons in modern day and will help shape their understanding of what constitutes their philosophies as Africans. The award-winning Khoza, also a heritage consultant, will regale the audience with intimate details of the national psyche in the run-up to as well as during and the aftermath of this historical incident.
Mbuso Khoza had this to say about the Lecture, “The lecture is aimed not only to the history follower, but to a wider audience that is curious and would need to grasp the story effortlessly. Narrating such an eventful occasion can become boring and monotonous if done the traditional way of presenting papers, and that is why we are giving a lecture with a twist. This edition promises an even better experience where we’ll take the audiences down memory lane, we bequeath roots and wings for our children Woza mtanami ngikuxolele ezasendulo.”
Soweto Theatre General Manager comments, ‘Our minds are powerful, they determine what we think of ourselves. What we think of ourselves is shaped by what we expose our minds to. This story of African Triumph is essential for any African parent who would like their child to have a mind that is completely aware that their own destiny is up to them, they can indeed be the spear that defeats a bullet.’
The Isandlwana lecture demonstrates how Khoza weaves together the lives of Zulu patriots like Ntshingwayo ka Mahole and Mehlokazulu ka Sihayo and professional British soldiers such as Anthony Dunrnford and Charlie Harford -the men who were at the human heart of the savage and iconic Anglo-Zulu War by examining the songs –Amahubo – composed during that age.
The production uses mainly song and narrative, and goes beyond the narrow focus on the battles of Isandlwana.
Isandlwana Battle Musical is scheduled to run to run for 3 days only, from January 22 of January to the 24th of January 2021 at Soweto Theatre.
The following Covid-19 level 1 protocols for those with the unique opportunity to be part of the live audience will be adhered to:
• All guests must wear masks and sanitise upon entrance into the Soweto Theatre.
• Audience is limited to 50% of venue capacity.
• Health questionnaire screening at all entrances with a temperature check.
• Each guest must produce their Identity Documents upon entrance in order to complete the health questionnaire.
• Inside the venue, social distancing is strictly adhered to.
For more information about The Isandlwana Lecture visit:
https://www.sowetotheatre.com or call 0861 670 670 for tickets