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Friday, December 4, 2020


(Menzi Mkhwane & Mathew Hoffman with Noluthando Ngcobo)

Jesu is a nativity musical production that tells the bible story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Starting off with the bible scripture “…for unto us a child is born…” from the book of Isaiah. The evening is a scripture-filled event with moments of worship songs and story moments straight out of the bible.

Created by Menzi Mkhwane, Mathew Hoffman and Noluthando Ngcobo, Jesu tells the story of how the Virgin Mary was chosen by God to bear the Baby Jesus in her womb and how Joseph was also selected to be her husband to help her on her journey to the birthland of the Saviour. 

“It is a story of hope and courage that is set to bring back the faith of many believers during this trying time when the Corona virus has led us closer to our faith and away from our knowledge,” explains Mkhwane.

Mkhwane is a Naledi award-winning published playwright who has been performing on stage for 10 years. He is the creator of the Jesu nativity musical production. He also performs the characters in the bible story and presents the story mostly in narrative form as a solo performance.

Hoffman is a professional choir master who composes his own scores, trains singers and musicians both nationally and internationally. He will be scoring, playing and arranging and singing some of the music and underscoring music that will be heard in the piece.

Ngcobo is an upcoming actress and performer who is based in Pietermaritzburg with a strong background in gospel singing.  She will be singing some of the gospel songs featured in the musical and helping to present the story to the audience.

“The event will have a line-up of opening acts. We have a surprise poet who will be performing his music and poetry after the opening night. His poems will incorporate sentiments that touch on the Saviour and what he has meant to the world. This will give our evening a very intimate feel for the audience,” adds Mkhwane.

“Abahambayo, a fast-growing popular Afro Soul band, with musicians and well-known vocalists Nhlanhla Zondi and Frankie will be opening our evening. They will be playing some of their well-known local hits. Armed with only a guitar and a voice the two will be set to light up the stage with their riveting style of performance.

“On the last night, we will be featuring Ndudu Mthombeni a Jazz gospel singer who will be singing acappella. Her sound is very spiritual based, moulding her faith along with her sound to commemorate the essence and meaning of the faith and what it implies for us during these hard times.

“It will be a candle-lit evening for families and those who love music worship and the story of Jesus will be pleased to know that our creative team will be pulling all the strings to make this even truly special for all believers!”

Songs include Lord God Almighty; Silent Night; We Three Kings, Usivuselele (Lord Renew our Faith) and many more!

Jesu will have performances at the Durban Music School, 21 Diaconia Avenue in central Durban on December 16, 17, and 18, 2020, at 19h00. Tickets R100 (payments done at the door)

For more information call the Marketing Officer Nthatuwa on 078 272 3173

(Covid restrictions will be followed. NO MASK NO ENTRY and temperatures will be checked at the door. Limit of 50 people per night – suggest patrons get there by 18h30)