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Tuesday, August 8, 2023



Kantu Women Experience will take place at the BAT Centre on August 27, 2023, at 14h00.

Kantu Women Experience is a community and culturally diverse programme that will take place in a series of community performances across Durban supporting women from diverse backgrounds, providing accessible creative skills development engagements and connecting women with other community service providers and community resources.

The programme supports women in developing creative business enterprises, improving English literacy and digital skills and obtaining employment through creativity-based training and brokered employment opportunities. The programme builds on the strengths of the women themselves, providing platforms for knowledge and story sharing and supporting community cohesion.

The programme creates community-driven, engaging, welcoming, safe spaces that maximise participants’ interests and social networks, strengthen peer support systems, and promote capacity building. The aim is to support women in developing unique creative enterprises led by their own interest and abilities.

The experience is a 90-minute multidisciplinary experience with fluid storytelling, dance and music accompanied by a three-piece band. The focus of the experience is acknowledging, celebrating, promoting and sharing the powerful experiences of the women of the South African freedom movement.

The activist, the creative and the mother tells an inspiring, sad and heartfelt story of the different women and the roles they played in fighting for the freedom and equal rights of the people of South Africa. This piece includes beautiful original songs that accompany the narrative, giving the audience an insight into the history behind this piece.

The cast is made up of three international performers who recently returned from a four-month tour in the United States under the global ministry, 29:11 International Exchange. For the last tour, the group had over 180 performances including schools and notable performances with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale, Kirk Whalum, Dessa and Darnell Davis paired with cultural and music exchange performances with the University of Concordia, University of Minnesota Twin City and Duluth campuses.

The women collaboration is made up of Nomvula Maneli, a storyteller, vocalist. Ayanda Nxumalo a thespian theatre practitioner, dancer and vocalist. Baetile Sebata an all-rounder performer as an actress, dancer and singer. They are accompanied by a three-piece band comprising Sandile Dlamini on bass, Sboniso Ncwane on drums and Mthobisi Sibisi on keys.

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The BAT Centre is situated at 45 Maritime Place in the Small Craft Harbour in Durban.