‘REVELATIONS OF YOU’ – LADY TSHAWE
Featuring So Profound and Delukes
FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 2017, 6.30pm, cc$5
Waterfront, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo
**Free transport from National Gallery at 5pm
This Friday 18 August, the dynamic young poet, actress, singer, dancer and writer ‘Lady Tshawe’ presents ‘Revelations of You’ – a rich evening of live music, poetry, and positive vibes featuring guest artists ‘So Profound’ and ‘DeLukes’, at the Waterfront, Hillside Dams in Bulawayo. Free transport is provided from the National Gallery, departing at 5pm.
Born Nomashawekazi to the Damasane family, Lady Tshawe is a gifted and multi-faceted artist of Bulawayo whose artistic style, expression and image embody her abilities, aspirations and achievements as a creative thinker. Her convictions and views about equal opportunities for self-expression influence her writing, theatrical roles, music and conversations.
Lady Tshawe comes from a rich line of Nguni thinkers and creative workers with her father, a poet himself, having been her strongest influence. Educated in Bulawayo, she went on to graduate with a BA degree in Drama and Ethnomusicology at Rhodes University in South Africa, and has since enriched the cultural scene in the City of Kings (and Queens) with her performances and new developments in wide circles in the artistic community.
Forging ahead in a highly professional manner, ‘Revelations of You’ on 18 August is Lady Tshawe’s first solo show, her own initiative under the Sabela Music stable, and first stand-alone show since the launch of her book in 2014. Her guests So Profound and DeLukes will be performing on some of her pieces. She said: “I’m all sorts of excited and nervous!” And to her fans on social media: “I’m looking forward to sharing my heart with you.”
SO PROFOUND is a highly respected poet and spoken-word artist who has performed widely in Zimbabwe in both collaborative and solo performances, where he has touched the hearts of many audiences and won the admiration of his peers for his skilful delivery – and yes, profundity. His art has carried him beyond our borders to stages in South Africa, and more recently he turned his hand to engage with a wider audience through radio, hosting the popular Sunday show ‘Soul Avenue’ from 10am on ZiFM, and his interview slot ‘1230 Hang Out’. He is also hard at work in the recording studio.
So Profound said: “I am so excited to be sharing the stage not only with a friend but such a phenomenal artist as Noma. I’ve known her for a while now and always admired her work. But more so because this is her first solo concert which signifies growth, not just as an artist, but in an industry that’s somewhat dying. We have seen many spoken word platforms closing down, and it’s exciting to see that other spoken-word artists are still doing what they know how to do. I’m really excited to be coming down, not only sharing work from my coming album ‘Imperfect’ which will be out in October, but just sharing the stage in Bulawayo, doing what I know best. I can’t wait! I’m super-excited!”
DeLUKES is a gifted young Mbira musician, adding his own colours and flavours to the pot on Friday 18 August. A soulful, versatile, afrocentric musician born and bred in Bulawayo, his sound is a fusion of “Mbira and modern proclivities” backed by a live band!
WiTT – ‘Women in Theatre & Television’ programme
Earlier this year, Noma ‘Lady Tshawe’ Damasane played the lead role in the vivid and high-energy production ‘Tellers: The Musical” by Raisedon Baya and Bafana Dladla, which debuted in Harare on 5-6 May 2017 to much acclaim, supported by Nhimbe Trust’s ‘Women in Theatre & Television’ programme, also known as WiTT. This September the WiTT programme will be engaged in The “Unified Women” cultural exchange project, to empower young women from London and Bulawayo through skills-sharing. Noma was selected as the female playwright from Zimbabwe to join the creative team.
Josh Nyapimbi, executive director of Nhimbe Trust, said: “It’s encouraging to see Noma breaking new ground professionally. She is an amazing performer and an integral part of the Tellers, WITT and the Unified Women Project.” WiTT is supported by Nhimbe Trust partner Africalia, Belgium who have contributed widely to the arts in Zimbabwe over the last decade.
By Penny Yon, for Nhimbe Trust
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