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Monday, August 8, 2011


(Sibongile Khumalo)

The jazz gospel musical drama Coming Home will be performed in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. It was first performed in South Africa in 2008 and is composed by Izak Roux and conducted by Kutlwano Masote. Narrated by Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, it features celebrated soprano Sibongile Khumalo accompanied by a 60-strong choir and full orchestra.

Winner of SA’s Got Talent, the popular James Bhemgee, as well as Tim Moloi and Siyabonga Maqungo also share the stage with Khumalo and Maake Ka-Ncube to make up a star-studded billing.

Coming Home is a powerful musical drama telling the evocative story of the return of the Prodigal Son which draws on the inspired musical form of old traditional spirituals. Correctly identified, Coming Home is a Cantata, but is more than just a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment. It has a depth that brings together elements of the ‘African-American Spiritual’, which has its roots in Africa, as well as the Zulu choral tradition of Isicathamiya, (exemplified by the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo).

In between these rich influences and poignant story-line, there is a vibe and beat reminiscent of 60’s rock and roll and you have all the ingredients for a rocking good night out. For more Information visit

Momentum’s sponsorship of the production means that all of the proceeds from ticket sales of Coming Home will be donated to music, arts and culture inspired charities for disadvantaged children. The three charities are The Hout Bay Music Project Trust in the Western Cape, The African Cultural Organisation of South Africa (ACOSA) in Gauteng and the Khongisa Academy for the Performing Arts in KZN. The projects provide lessons in violin, viola, cello, double bass, marimba and other wind instruments, providing learners with musical activities outside of their formal learning environment. Sold seats at every performance will enable these organisations to purchase necessary instruments and their accessories, repair some that have been damaged, as well as help with other requirements that help run the facilities.

This is the second sponsored production in Momentum’s on-going support of home-grown talent and excellence in South African theatre. Audiences have already been enjoying Momentum’s first sponsored musical drama Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux.

Coming Home will be performed at the Durban City Hall on August 20 at 20h00. Tickets R100 (R60 seniors/students with student cards and valid ID on presentation of collection of ticket) from Computicket.