African Music and Dance Ensemble Concert a Hit
The concert, themed: “Re Sa Tswela Pele Ka Setso (We Are Still Continuing With Culture)”, featured performances by two ensemble groups each presenting original works created and choreographed during this semester’s work as part of the module.
The first year Ensemble 1B was led by Ms Thabile Buthelezi who is currently doing her Honours degree in Applied Ethnomusicology. She captivated the audience with her choreographic skills.
‘It was challenging to work with a group of students because everyone has their own style and individuality but the performance pieces we worked on really came together,’ said Buthelezi.
The second and third year Ensemble was led by Mr Lebogang Sejamaholo who is a part-time staff member within the School’s Music Discipline. Sejamaholo effortlessly uses his cultural background and knowledge in his choreographic style as he highlights the significant role of ‘staying true to your roots’.
‘It becomes easier to work with these ensemble groups as I’m familiar with their style of dance and it’s even better to bear witness to how much the performers have grown. Much like myself, I grew to love being on stage and performing and it’s great to see the shy performers let loose on stage and give in to the performance and to the enjoyment of music and dance,’ said Sejamaholo.
The concert, which featured a range of dance, music and dramatic representation, proved to be a hit with the audience.
One piece relayed the message of protecting nature, wildlife and especially rhinos.
‘We wanted to create awareness about this pressing issue and we brought it to life onstage. We hope the audience picked up on this and understood what we were trying to convey,’ said Sejamaholo.
Both students thanked their performers and their Lecturer and mentor Dr Patricia Opondo. ‘Working with other performers, you not only teach them but you learn from them as well. We are truly grateful to Dr Opondo for seeing the potential in us not only as ensemble teachers but also performers in the touring act Ikusasa Lethu,’ said Buthelezi.