On Tour 2013
We Come Acrosss: A song about Africa Entsha’s message Tswana Song: Celebrating the tradition of Tswana music and dancing from Botswana Pedi Song: Showcasing music and dance of the Pedi people from Northern Transvaal, South Africa Sinqanqane: The influence of the overwhelming sound of South African frogs after rain Kofifi: Looking back to the Sophia Township of Johannesburg, the home of the famous celebratory Kofifi dance Lakushona Llanga: When the days begin to be dark and there is no hope or faith Balele Abafana: Men who don’t want to wake up Kukude: A sorrowful song about miners from across Africa who move to Johannesburg to look for change but there is none to be found Namhla Nkosi: A gospel song calling to God for change and hope
Africa Entsha’s performance focuses on the South African oral tradition singing Zulu songs full of emotion, style and spirit. This year’s show follows the story of five men who travel from different parts of South Africa, meeting in Johannesburg, the “City of Gold”, where they have come for work in the mines. Underground, the miners share experience and differences through music and dance reflecting on their sadness and their separation from their wives and families. The miners find hope and are uplifted by seeking ways to change and improve their lives and those of their wives and children.
Ontante: Also a gospel song asking God to make change Praise Him: Seeing the light and thanking God Zion: Celebration of light. Zion is a South African Church - full of joy Paradise Road: Celebration of miners returning to their families Storms of Life: A reflection on the distance that separates miners from their families Bambelela: Hoping their families are safe and well Ndiyabuela: A song of thanks, when the miners find all is well at home Beautiful Young Ladies: When they return home the miners find their young daughters have fallen for rich old men in searching of better lives Vumani Bo: The miners decide never to return to the mines and to stay at home to take care of their families Kind of Girl: Being reunited with their wives makes them determined to be devoted husbands.
Bonus tracks: Black Heart by Stooch Come Closer by Brandy Knock You Down by Neo and Kanye West Stand By Me by OJ “Outstanding because of the unique alchemy, which blends comedy, dance, physical ensemble movement, spoken word and rhythm in a way that creates vibrant, life-affirming impact. Huge talent and clever choreography delivered with a collective natural style” Paul Levy, Brighton Fringe Review, 23rd May 2013 “All who meet them, young and old, are touched by their talent and personalities. As well as being a world music and gospel phenomenon, they truly are a pop sensation.” Damon Horril, Pollen8 Productions, July 2012 “It’s difficult to encapsulate just how ridiculously joyful you are likely to feel when you hear them sing their live a cappella numbers...you can’t bottle this stuff [...] These boys are going to be massive. Absolutely first class.” Steph Jones, Manchester Radio Online, July 2012
SONGS OF AFRICA ENTSHA
Africa Entsha is a five piece a cappella group, who all grew up singing in choirs in the South African township of Soweto. They were discovered busking in Johannesburg and in 2010 they came to the limelight as Soweto Entsha, when they performed at the South African World Cup opening ceremony. The following year they were wowing audiences in France, Cuba and at the Edinburgh Fringe, where they scooped the “Best Performance” award. Since then the group have performed at events and festivals across the UK and beyond, even making an appearance at the London Paralympics. In 2012 the group changed their name to Africa Entsha, which means “New Africa” in Zulu. They recently the ”Best Performance” at the Brighton Fringe 2013.
WHO ARE AFRICA ENTSHA?
“Africa Entsha’s music and performance is filled with sheer energy and passion. They are so uplifting, magical and audiences across North Wales have been delighted to welcome them and to have the opportunity to build links between Wrexham Community Choir and Africa Entsha through the Wales Africa Community Link network.” Wendy Paintsil, ATSIXTYSEVEN67/Wrexham Community Choir, July 2013
Morgan grew up in Soweto and began singing with the Soweto Boys Choir. He enjoys travelling and is planning to release his solo album in 2014. He believes Africa Entsha is the best thing to ever happen to him, as he has the opportunity to meet new people, sharing and learning new songs.
Jabu was born in Soweto and also began singing with the Soweto Boys Choir. He’s also a member of the Soweto Spiritual Choir and continues to enjoy performing with them when he can. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians and working with young people in Soweto to share musical skills.
Lwazi was also born in Soweto. His biggest collaboration has been with British artist Shlomo, who helped him to improve his beat boxing skills. He would like to start his own record label and build a music studio to help young South African artists record their music at minimal or no cost.
SIBUSISO XULU Sibu was born in Newcastle, KwaZuluNatal. He loves Jazz and Gospel and also works as a backing vocalist for Pastor Benjamin Dube. During his spare time he teaches children to sing and dance. He believes Africa Entsha will give a lot of African people hope.
ZENZELE DUMISANI MTETWA
Zenze was born in Soweto and started his singing career with the Soweto Boys Choir, a 40 piece male vocal Choir. He loves travelling and singing, and dreams of creating opportunities and recognition for South African musicians.
2nd – 26th August: Edinburgh Fringe 31st August: Hornsea Music Festival 1st September: MintFest International Festival of Street Arts, Kendal 7th September: Stafford Arts Festival 11th September: Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster 12th September: Manchester Museum 14th September: St. Giles’, Wrexham 21st September: Windsor Fringe
JABULILE VUYANI ZULU NELSON MOLA LWAZI
To find out more about the group and their upcoming gigs check out: www.africa-entsha.weebly.com www.facebook.com/ africaentsha www.soundcloud.com/ africaentsha
The North Wales Film&Photography Collective is an organisation within Glyndwr University. We aim to provide work experience as Creative Media students and those interested in film and photography within the local community. We cover: Live music events Community events Sporting events Performance & Theatrical Art exhibitions And much more!
WALES AFRICA COMMUNITY LINK A new and creative community link has been developed between Wrexham and Soweto based on two pillars of Welsh and South African society – singing and mining! Africa Entsha have joined forces with Wrexham Community Choir and award winning social enterprise ATSIXTYSEVEN67 to develop a long term collaboration through song and performance. Through the link, Africa Entsha have had the opportunity to work with a host of Wrexham’s creative talent, recording new tracks at the Aerial Studios and shooting photographs and videos with the North Wales Film and Photography Collective.
Support from the Wales Africa Community Links has helped to expand and deepen
the link between Wrexham and Soweto and members of Wrexham Community Choir will visit Soweto in 2014 to see how the communities of Wrexham and Soweto can work together to share skills and improve their communities through song and shared experience over the coming years. Africa Entsha will return to Wrexham, with a day of music on September 14th. They will launch their new videos and hold a singing workshop at the National Trust’s Erddig Hall in the afternoon (2.00pm - 4.00pm), and will then perform with Wrexham Community Choir in St. Giles’ Parish Church in the evening (7.00pm). Phone 01978 290680 for more information.
Please contact: Sue Mcgrane - 07879381022 Holly Cooper - 07895572752 Paul Lowndes - 07764687555 Twitter: @NWFAPCollective Facebook: the wrexham film and photography collective ATSIXTYSEVEN67 is an award winning social enterprise committed to promoting creativity, innovation, equality and celebration of cultural, arts and community diversity . Based in Wrexham, ATSIXTYSEVEN67 founded the 120+ strong Wrexham Community Choir in 2012 and provide services to a wide range of organisations with a focus on the arts and creativity, social enterprise, community cohesion and community arts events and projects Our services include PR, Marketing and Media Film and photography Digital, print and web design Events, promotions and management Community engagement ATSIXTYSEVEN67 is a member of Social Firms Wales, the Wales Co-op and are recent winners of the Network Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org http://atsixtyseven.wordpress.com/
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Show produced by Isovuka Production & Promotions Choreographed and Directed by Simon Nene Africa Entsha is signed under the independent label Koto Records Marketed and Managed By Mario Nqabeni Programme designed by ATSIXTYSEVEN67 Photographs by The North Wales Film & Photography Collective With thanks to Wales Co-op, Just festival, Wrexham Community Choir, Aerial Studios, Glyndwr University,