Award-winning ensemble Umkhathi Theatre Works are set to close the cultural week on a high note as they will be holding their celebrations at their home of arts at Salukazi Centre in Njube on 27 May.
The celebrations which run under the theme “celebrating cultural diversity leaving no one and no place behind,” will be a part of the delayed commemorations of the Africa Day (25 May).
Different groups from traditional ensembles to urban artistes including Umkhathi, Iyasa, Bambelela, Snipers, Sunduza, Kaisa, Asante Mo, Lemoniq and Juicy will perform at the event which starts at 2pm at 5pm.
Orga0nisers of the show Matesu Dube who is also the founder and director of Umkhathi said, as a cultural ensemble they have always put first the thrust of promoting different Africa cultures through music, dance and theatre.
On this year’s celebrations, Dube said they managed to bring both traditional and urban groups to share the same stage so as to promote cultural infusion and diversity.
“Culture defines us and in a way it’s a way of life that must always be preserved. To celebrate this year’s Africa Day, we will be concluding the cultural week with a show on Friday that will take place at Salukazi Arts Centre in Njube, the home of Umkhathi Theatre Works.
“On the day, we will be celebrating our culture, being African, the way we live through our music and various dances.
“If you take a look at our line-up, we have creatives from different backgrounds who specialise in different genres because we want the audience to enjoy variety on the day.
“We want our spectators to feel that they are a part of the celebrations whether young or old as the theme says “celebrating cultural diversity, leaving no one and no place behind,” said Dube.
Speaking on behalf of Umkhathi who are fresh from touring India, Dube said patrons had to come in numbers to witness and grace the cultural celebrations as Umkhathi had something special for them.
“As Umkhathi we will perform traditional dances on this day because they are part of our identity. People are identified through their dances. The fans should expect a family show that has diversity as we celebrate culture,” said Dube.