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“FOR ONCE” Double Bill at The Centre for the Less Good Idea

FOR ONCE Double Bill: Seventy Sounds between You and Me and African Exodus at The Centre for the Less Good Idea.

Seventy Sounds Between You and Me conceptualised by Kyla Smith and Hannah Loewenthal, in collaboration with the Hillbrow Theatre and elders of the Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, with Gcebile Dlamini and Arcade Music. This will be followed by African Exodus with producer, musical director and writer Sbusiso Shozi; Show director Nhlanhla Mahlangu; performed by Thabang Mkhwanazi; Xolisile Bongwana; Thabo Gwadiso; Thulani Zwane; Simphiwe Sikhakhane; Sizakele Nkosi; Sbusiso Shozi and Yogin Sullaphen; stage manager and administrator: Sifiso Shozi.

Seventy Sounds Between You and Me
     A journey through the sonic pasts, present and future of an intergenerational Johannesburg community, this work-in-progress is developed in collaboration with young people from the Hillbrow Theatre and elders of the Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, with Gcebile Dlamini and Arcade Music. Audiences will be taken on a sonic journey spanning seventy years of memory and experience, through the crowded streets of downtown Johannesburg to the silent plains of forgotten homelands.
     This work is a project of Hear Be Dragons, a community-based education and creative arts initiative that brings people together to map the sonic landscape of their lives. The brainchild of South African musician and former violinist of Freshlyground, Kyla-Rose Smith and Cape Town based artist, dancer and choreographer Hannah Loewenthal, this unique experiential education project investigates the ways in which sound and the urban environment influence our quality of life, our perception of history and memory, and our notions of identity, place and time. The title Hear Be Dragons plays on the medieval saying “here be dragons”, which denoted unchartered territories – often believed to be the home of dragons or other mysterious phenomena – on maps. Hear Be Dragons aims to awaken its participants auditory senses and give them the tools and language to capture and document the unexplored territory of sound.

Less Good Idea

African Exodus The Musical
     This piece is developing a sonic expression to the migration of Bantu people from the land of their origin in Niger-Congo region in Western Central Africa until their spread throughout the Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. This iteration of the play is developed and staged with a focus towards the sonic and musical landscapes of a fuller musical production down the line. The performance will include choreographed body movements, narrating the stories as well as touching on contemporary resulting social issues.

The show will be on Thursday 24 May at 19:00 at R100. Venue Information: Unit 11 | Arts on Main | Maboneng | 245 Main Street | 2094 | Book online and pay with credit card or SnapScan at

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