Naga ya Fsa
The Naga ya Fsa series of performances comes against a background of the unease that is sweeping the country. It is also the title of my (Tlokwe Sehume) debut album and with the state of affairs in our beloved country there could never have been a more apt title not only for the album and series of performances for our motherland who has not only been raped by strangers but also by her own.
The series of performances will be an annual calendar affair which aims to raise a collective consciousness of a people. The first in the series of performances happened at The South African State Theatre last October to an overwhelming reception from a full house gathering.
The music of the mountains – which is ‘music of the day before yesterday, for a people of the day after tomorrow’ is a thrust of this Naga ya Fsa series of performances. Because as black artists who create, free within our minds, free within our heads, to free the land and acknowledge that we plan to make it more human between now and the day after tomorrow.
The essence of these series of performances is the marriage between musical art (music) and the spoken word (recital). The performances utilize indigenous African classical instruments and Western instruments accompanied by the spoken word.
To bring to life this very essential part of the narrative is the use of two of the most primary elements of conversation – language and musical art. There is a deliberate coalescence of the two.
All of this at the Joburg Theatre- Lesedi, on October 10-11 @ 20h00, R120 will get you in for free.
With a beautiful ensemble of musical artists comprising:
Tlokwe Sehume – mbira, mvet, guitar, ( human voice) vocals, recital
Farai Machingambi - mbira
Kgafela oa Magogodi – ( human voice) vocals, recital
Vusi Jele – t/sax
Lehlohonolo Ntsoko – t/sax Motshepe Kgawane – meropa ya Afrika, percussions
Thabo Rapoo - meropa ya Afrika
Thebe Mmushi- contra bass
Onkgopotse Sehume –keys
Lethabo Khalo – drums
and a special guest – Mpotseng Sehume – (human voice) vocals