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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Intwasa Roars To Life

Intwasa Arts Festival 2011 did roar into life yesterday with scintillating performances from the Edith Katiji inspired The Comeback which played at the Bulawayo Theatre to a near full house. The Comeback is a beautifully written and acted story about Eli, who returns home from the UK to rediscover herself and touch base with her roots after a miserable and rather unsuccessful stint abroad. She wants to pick up the pieces of her broken life through a musical show called the comeback. This story is written by Sifiso Mabhena and Directed by Leeroy Gono.
The day finished to a packed Presidential room at the rainbow hotel with Rainbow Blaze and Bismillahi Gargar taking turns to thrill the audiences with their well polished acts, the audiences barely sat down during the show with Rainbow Blaze taking them down memory lane with golden oldies that once rocked and Bismillahi Gargar s performance which will left the discerning listener blown away by the angelic yet so original voices, despite the language difference the crowd was entertained from start to finish . The four piece Somali/Kenyan outfit who are at Intwasa for the first time courtesy of Alliance Francaise presenting ethnic North African melodies. Bismillahi Gargar is a collective group of women of Somali origin from Garissa, North eastern Kenya. The groups name is derived from the Somali words bismillahi meaning “in the name of Allah” and Gargar meaning “joining or bringing together.Today audiences will be treated to theatre and music in  Lion and the Jewel and Some soul food in Gospel Truth featuring Family Voices and The Conquers then later theatre lovers can feast in probably the only collaboration and maybe the only new local production Drums the Musical.  keep visiting the blog for more info also follow this link for the full programme.

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