Napo Masheane evokes the spirit of Charlotte Maxeke in new play ‘Tsogo’

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A new biographical play, “Tsogo”, celebrates the life and legacy of political activist Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke.

Written by award-winning playwright Napo Masheane, and directed by legendary theatre practitioner Mapula Setlhako, “Tsogo” (The Rise of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke) tells the phenomenal story of Maxeke.



Maxeke is understood for organising and main the historic anti-pass march in 1956. She was additionally the founder of the Bantu Women’s League in 1918.

Tsogo, a resurrection of one of South Africa’s Pan African, black aware, and feminist pioneers, premiers at The South African State Theatre (SAST) from Thursday, October 14, and runs until Sunday, October 31.

The season of the play will coincide together with her date of demise, 16 October 1939.

This hard-hitting manufacturing attracts on “Re-Birthing, Re-Imagining and Re-flecting” on Maxeke’s her-story, which can be echoed by means of seven feminine voices on stage.

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The ensemble represents seven portraits of Maxeke, specializing in seven distinguished milestones of her life, virtually symbolising the “seven many years of her tapestry, towards not simply custom and faith, but in addition patriarchy” and politics.

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Makgomo Mannya-Maxeke. Picture: Supplied

“I imagine that we want the traits of Mama Charlotte Maxeke greater than ever earlier than if we’re to understand her desires of gender equality and a future the place girls can be valued as people and members of society.

“Women are nonetheless combating the identical combat she fought a few years in the past. Women nonetheless don’t really feel protected to stroll the streets without being afraid that somebody will pounce and invade our our bodies and minds,” feedback Setlhako.

She provides: “Not many know about her as a artistic particular person throughout her life and activism in the 18th century.

“We have to arrange unity of sisterhood in the arts fraternity, which is able to assist increase the subsequent era of feminine artists to the subsequent stage.

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“We want constructions that can assist shatter the ceilings of patriarchy and gender inequality in the arts.

Through choral and Afrocentric melodies, “Tsogo” brings to life Maxeke’s imaginative childhood, her coming of age, her timeless resistance and resilience, her bravery to journey the world as an artist (chorister) in pursuit of a dream to empower the black little one.

Maxeke was born in Botlokwa, Ga-Ramokgopa in Limpopo 150 years in the past. At the age of 20, she joined the African Jubilee Choir, which toured the UK, US, and Canada from 1891 to 1893.

Following the demise of the choir, Maxeke was awarded a scholarship to review at Wilberforce University in Ohio (USA), changing into the first black South African lady to acquire a Bachelor of Science diploma.

Tickets can be found for R130 at Webtickets.



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