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Princess Magogo's back

By unknown | Jan 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Internationally acclaimed Zulu opera, Princess Magogo, is back to thrill Gauteng audiences.

The show is scheduled to run at the State Theatre, Pretoria, from March 28 to April 14. After a successful world tour, the indigenous opera production is back by popular demand.

The opera is based on the life story of Princess Constance Magogo kaDinizulu, who witnessed the arrest of her father, a Zulu king, early in the 20th Century. Princess Magogo went on to become an accomplished composer and singer, archivist of Zulu music, and a beloved national figure in South Africa.

She died in 1984, and the opera is premised upon her recollections of important moments from her life recalled as she was dying.

The world premiere of Princess Magogo was staged at the Durban Playhouse in May 2002, and attracted worldwide interest.

The story is told in flashbacks. It follows her life as an ailing old woman on her deathbed, recounting and re-enacting events of her life; the return of her father from a 10-year exile imposed by the British adversaries and many more.

After a season at the State Theatre, the show is expected to open at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre from April 26.

Ticket prices range from R100 to R350 at Computicket.


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