AFTER a muddy legal storm with showbiz bad boy Prosper Mkwaiwa, singer Elizabeth Nchabeng, aka Queen E, is back.
Previously known as Queen Elizabeth, the talented Nchabeng is on a mission to rehabilitate her fading brand with a self-titled musical play called Queen E And Her Entourage.
The play is an emotional journey that takes the audience through the life experiences of a young girl from Nchabeng village in QwaQwa, Free State, whose grandmother inspires her with a story about a charismatic and determined performer called Queen E.
Inspired by this strong-willed woman the young girl decides to go to the city to meet her idol, only to discover her true self en route to seeking Queen E.
The play features upcoming and experienced performers including Themba Mdaki, Nathi Malinga, Mzwandile Madala and Armstrong Khumalo as well as the gay 3Sum who will play a gay friend.
The show will have its premiere at the Wits Amphitheatre in Braamfontein on May 8.
After this, Nchabeng says, she will have additional performances at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown before taking the play to other venues across the country.
In the play directed by Eshadey Diphae, Queen E, who has since joined EN Productions, also performs her repertoire, including Indlovukazi and Run Away, from her long-awaited album.
The play opens with a stampede of song and dance. The opening song tells a tale of how "God has brought me through the struggle which ultimately made me strong," Nchabeng says.
"Then the magic happens in Nchabeng village in Qwa Qwa, and in the long run Queen E boards a train to the city to find herself and then returns to the village to reclaim her throne.
"I am very happy about showing off my other talents. Acting has always been my love. I hope this is the beginning of good things to come," Nchabeng says.