SHONA The Musical To Make Its UK Premiere
If you liked The Lion King and Black Panther, you will love "Shona The Musical." Based on historical events in Zimbabwe, it's a cross-cultural love story that transcends racial barriers, set amongst the ruins of a country in turmoil.
Director Neo Vilakazi wants to bring authentic representation of Africa to UK audiences.
The premiere will mark the final week of Black History Month.
Shona The Musical will make its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio.
Based around the marriage of a Zimbabwean Chief Sabelo to his Scottish bride Joanne, Shona The Musical chronicles the couples' resilience against xenophobic, corrupt politicians and officials bringing turmoil to the whole population - both black and white.
Writer, composer, and producer Neo Vilakazi has developed an authentic story from an African worldview. The intense musical score is based on the traditional music and dance of the Shona ethnic from Southern Africa
Portrayals of Africa in the UK's entertainment sector have been dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, shot from a Western perspective. Vilakazi wants to encourage more African writers, directors, and producers to think ambitiously about bringing their authentic stories to stage and screen in the UK around the world.
Raymond Neo Vilakazi, Writer, Composer & Producer says:
"Africa needs a voice on the international stage. I hate the fact that other people get to define what Africa is and who Africans are. I am tired of Hollywood's version, it's time we told our own stories."
Shona The Musical will be showing at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio from the 25th to the 27th October at 19:30. Tickets are available at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre box office, online at Capital Theatres, or by calling 0131 622 8086.