Music theatre: Acapella Street Corner’s stirring African Song Book with rousing finale of Pata Pata- Bronze Standard  Bank Ovation award at 2021 National Arts Festival’s Fringe

What: Acapella Street Corner VOD at The National Arts Festival, South Africa- until August 31, 2021 Director: Saxola Ketshengane
Direct booking link: Duration: 40 minutes Language: English and isiXhosa Tickets: R40  

Acapella Street Corner is an exquisite showcase of iconic songs from the African Song Book, with the rousing finale of Miriam Makeba’s Pata. The show won a Bronze Standard Bank Ovation award at 2021 National Arts Festival’s Fringe. When introducing each song, s director, Saxola (Sax) Ketshengane says: “Enjoy”.  I enjoyed the show, immensely. The show is available online, until August 31. The dapper Ketshengane is also part of the ensemble.

I have to admit that I have a musical theatre crush on Saxola (Sax) Ketshengane. I was blown away by his Ovation Award Winning, A Long Story Short – which I watched three times. Acapella Street Corner also, left me wanting more. Each song is almost like a bonsai piece of musical theatre. It is not just a bunch of a Capella singers, swaying to the music. Choreography is rendered as gesture -using movement to heighten the music. The arrangements are multi-layered and the emotion by the group is visceral. Watch as Ketshengane introduces the last song: “The last song we are going to sing for you is Pata Pata by Mama Miriam Makeba. I hope you enjoy.” Then he steps back and joins the group. It is a magical rendition of the iconic Pata Pata and evokes the legendary Mama Miriam Makeba and her remarkable life. Do not miss this show.

❇ Related coverage. Link to review of A Long Story Short :

Acapella Street Corner  

Director: Saxola Ketshengane
Musical director: Thandolwethu Booysen
Stage manager: Athule Nabe Cast:
Lubabalo Linathi Button
Thandolwethu Booysen
Siphosihle Mbhelukazi Makaka
Nesiwe Mfihlo
Thando Matikinca
Zandile Vinkqi
Unam Gxekwa