The South African State Theatre is proud to present the premiere of Freedom The Musical from the 2nd March to 2nd April 2018.
‘Freedom’ is a new ground breaking musical by the State Theatre’s Artistic director and multi-award winning playwright and Director Aubrey Sekhabi. It features Hip Hop star Sphelele ‘PdotO’ Mnyandu, Simphiwe Ndlovu, Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe, Motswako rapper Chad da Don, the experienced baritone Otto Maidi, and 2017 Idols top ten finalist Thokozile Ndimande to highlight a few.
A strong cast of 47 members and a thirteen piece band tell the story of Phindile (Simphiwe Ndlovu), a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of fees must fall movement. Phindile’s life takes a sharp turn after the student protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This story is a testament to her determination to triumph despite the odds stacked against her by the system and society at large. She will stop at nothing to fight for the freedom of students, for free education and ultimately her own freedom.
‘Freedom’ also examines the crime and violence that is rife in our modern day society and tackles difficult issues; rape, abuse against women, racism, xenophobia, corruption, and many other issues that cost us our Freedom.
The music composition by Bonafide who is also making his theatrical debut as a musical director and actor, is raw, gritty and reflects the rhythm and mood of the time with genres of Hip Hop and Kwai-Hop. The newly released ‘Korobela’ hit single by Bonafide and Chad is also included on the playlist to look forward to in this musical. The robust choreography by Mduduizi Nhlapo highlights the urgency of the story. Sekhabi reunites again with his long term creative partner Wilhelm Disbergen who has created a set that befits this New Age musical. A soundtrack album of the musical is planned to be released with a music video during the season.
Sekhabi’s previous work, ‘Marikana The Musical’ is still on the masses’ tongues for its demand and relevance. The musical came out tops at the 2014th edition of Naledi awards, boldly scooping six awards out of 14 nomination