Where Robert Sobukwe, Mirriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela left an indelible mark in our imagination, the late Gibson “Bra Gib” Kente (1932 – 2004) prevalently referred to as the father of township theatre played an equally consequential role. Plays like ‘How Long’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Too Late’ amongst many others spoke to the heart of what indigenous South Africans experienced under a repressive and foreign regime.
It is from the townships that legends like him have influenced the cultural, economic and political landscape of South Africa and various parts of the globe. Gibson Kente was a theatre extraordinaire; he was a director, producer, playwright, music composer and choreographer of his own plays. Not only was he a theatre practitioner but he also contributed to the education and training space in South Africa. Being the cardinal storyteller illustrating black pain, love and aspiration in the time of Apartheid, it is with great pleasure to announce that he will be commemorated in a musical tribute of songs from the plays he produced by Soweto Theatre in collaboration with Market Theatre.
Performed by: Billy Langa, Mxolisi and Siboniso (Soulphiatown), Gugu Mbongwa, Nobantu Baba, Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, Thembisile Khumalo, Xoli Bongwana, Paballo Sithe.
Directed by Makhaola Ndebele
Dates: 13 April – 29 April at the Market Theatre