RAGA students get into the groove at the Artscape Theatre!

RAGA students get into the groove at the Artscape Theatre!

Our students recently enjoyed a life skills outing to the Artscape Theatre to watch the stage production of Kwela Bafana.

The show was set in the township shebeens of the 1950s, an era of vibrancy, music, colour, dance and bravery in the face of apartheid adversity and forced removals. One of the most evocative sounds of the 50s was the penny-whistle, or the “kwela”, which came from Zulu for “get up” and the police vans the “kwela-kwela”. The young men who played the penny-whistle on street corners were also directly involved in their own small way in subverting apartheid rule, when they would act as lookouts to warn the revellers in the shebeens of the arrival of the police. And in those shebeens were the vibrancy and the music that kept the people’s hopes alive.

The evening was enjoyed by all, especially when the cast of Kwe la Bafana invited some of the students on stage to dance to the live music. A little apprehensive at first, Munashra and Simone got into the groove and displayed their dance talents, much to the delight of the audience, amid much laughter and rapturous applause. You can check out their moves on the link on RAGA website, under the News section.

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