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Friday, September 20, 2019


(Pictures by AJ Blackwardii)

Madundubala Arts proudly presents Emasisweni; an exciting day of celebrating Nguni Heritage through music, dance and traditional wear. It will take place tomorrow (September 21, 2019) at the Stable Theatre in Durban.
The organisation has chosen to partner with Mhayise Productions in this exciting event that is packed with activities suitable for both young and old. Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance (2018), Musa Hlatshwayo will be the creative and programme director of this event as he guides the audience through the programme. 

“Madundubala Arts as an organisation is concerned with the preservation of Nguni Cultural Heritage. It notes with concern the change of attitude, particularly in the youth who favour American culture and turns its back on traditional isiZulu food, dance and dress. Whilst there is nothing wrong with new trends, if it means turning your back on your own rich cultural heritage, this is regrettable. Afro hairstyles are smothered beneath western wigs and young men wear baggy rap trousers low on the hips to reveal a bum cleavage, unaware of the origins of this custom that originated in American prison culture. Our intention with this event, and the purpose behind the development of our organisation, is therefore to say “azibuye emasisweni.”” says Professor Dennis Schauffer; coordinator of Madundubala Arts that was founded by Bheki Ngcobo.

The programme will highlight four (amongst the many) traditional isiZulu Music and Dance styles i.e. isicathamiya, iNgoma, Masikanda, and Indlamu. Specific items have been created and carefully curated into a concert that celebrates these music and dance styles while reminding the audience of the characteristics of these traditional Nguni dance/music styles. This event will be performed by a cast of more than 30 versatile dancers under Hlatshwayo’s tutelage. This music and dance concert will see Hlatshwayo presenting a brief introductory lecture on each of the styles that will be highlighted while his versatile performers creatively interweave the programme with other exciting additional spectacular dance.

“Madundubala Arts have come up with an exciting initiative that speaks to the core of what this month is about. The team and I have been working hard in preparing for this one-of-a kind event. I am particularly excited about this showcase as my dancers have been working hard in revisiting these dance styles and their authenticity.

"I am also excited about the other items that we have worked on which will serve as the creative thread to the entire programme while giving the day that spice and that tantalising twist. It’s going to be beautiful, colourful, tasteful and definitely unforgettable. I’m grateful to Stable Theatre for allowing us to stage this event in the centre - and for their continued support throughout our endeavours,: says Hlatshwayo. 

The event takes place on September 21 from 09h30 to 12h30. Entry is free of charge.

Attendees are encouraged to show up in their most vibrant and most colourful traditional and or expressive attire as the organisation will be filming and documenting the event for purposes of circulating the recordings to provincial research libraries and to National Cultural Archives.

There will be security guards on site.  There is plenty of secure parking space inside the centre. Come early to celebrate with us, our Nguni Cultural Heritage. For bookings and queries contact Prof Dennis Schauffer at or on 083 650 7817.

The event takes place at Stable Theatre behind the centre at the ballroom dance square/ underneath the bridge. 

Stable Theatre is at 115 Johannes Nkosi Street (formally Alice Street) in the vicinity of the Warwick Triangle in town.

This event is proudly sponsored by the National Lottery Fund.