Madiba The Musical

In Conversation with the Stars of Madiba The Musical

In 2018 Australia fell in love with Nelson Mandela many times over. Madiba The Musical is one of the prominent events that contributed immensely in bringing Madiba's legacy closer to the people's hearts.
In a clever serve of fiction, the critically acclaimed musical employs Madiba's story as a backdrop that helps bring to live relatable stories of personal and political struggles, triumphs and a look into the future.

We had a chat with the stars of the show, Perci Moeketsi and Ruva Ngwenya who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela respectively. 


Australia and New Zealand played a vital role within South African history of Apartheid regime through the anti-apartheid movement(s) (AAM). While the history is multilayer and cannot be unpacked on this platform, it's worth noting that the active groups comprising unions, churches, NGO's, South African communities and broader range of public activists campaigned (mainly through Sport sanctions and later financial sanctions in the 1980s) to assist in eradicating the apartheid system.

And while we're here, it should not be forgotten that the South Africa's Apartheid system was designed to closely emulate Queensland's Aboriginal Protection Act (1897).  
Therefore, it makes sense that as the said countries look towards a desirable future for all citizens, legends such as Nelson Mandela need to be held in high esteem within our current and future history.

ABOUT MADIBA THE MUSICAL

International critics have hailed it as ‘a story that touches our hearts’ ‘magnificent’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘fascinating’.

The powerful and uplifting Madiba the Musical is a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader Nelson Mandela. The epic show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa.

The show about destiny and desire springs to life with vigour and heart, and looks to forgiveness beyond the hate.

It is a story of forbearance, passion and hope in the fight for a brand new world of modernity and freedom. With its pulsating African dance, strident and haunting drama, stunning visuals and inspiring songs, Madiba the Musical is a unique theatrical experience to lift our spirits.

“The best show about my grandfather” – Ndaba Mandela, Paris Match (Nelson Mandela’s Grandson)

Words by madibamusical.com.au


For more info: 


madibamusical.com.au 
Madiba Productions
Producer
Neil Croker
E: ncroker@theprestigepresents.com.au
P: 03 8595 4361
Associate Producer
Aimee Chapman
E: achapman@theprestigepresents.com.au
P: 03 8595 4360

Black Girl Magic

Lisa Rai   Lisa is the Founder and Designer of Silvarai Designs. A high end hand crafted silver jewellery with a personality to suit individual clients.  Lisa migrated with her family to Australia from South Africa when she was eight years old.  Jewellery plays a pivotal role in exploring her connection to people and places and ultimately exists as a vehicle that helps her to explore her own identity as an African Australian.  Her #blackgirlmagic as experienced through her powerful designs especially but certainly not limited to the finger print design transcends geographical boundaries to reach some of the world's biggest artists including Jamie Foxx, Pink, Palmer and more.  Connect with Lisa on Socials:  Instagram: @silvarai_designs  Facebook: @silvaraidesigns   www.silvaraijewellery.com    www.designaspace.com.au/   lisa.silvarai@gmail.com

Lisa Rai

Lisa is the Founder and Designer of Silvarai Designs. A high end hand crafted silver jewellery with a personality to suit individual clients.

Lisa migrated with her family to Australia from South Africa when she was eight years old.

Jewellery plays a pivotal role in exploring her connection to people and places and ultimately exists as a vehicle that helps her to explore her own identity as an African Australian.

Her #blackgirlmagic as experienced through her powerful designs especially but certainly not limited to the finger print design transcends geographical boundaries to reach some of the world's biggest artists including Jamie Foxx, Pink, Palmer and more.

Connect with Lisa on Socials:

Instagram: @silvarai_designs

Facebook: @silvaraidesigns

www.silvaraijewellery.com

www.designaspace.com.au/

lisa.silvarai@gmail.com

RUVA   RUVA is an African Australian Musician who has been making incredible strides in the music industry.  She studied classical and Jazz vocals at Victorian College Of Arts Secondary school. Among many prominent musicals RUVA was cast as lead character in the iconic THE LION KING which toured Australia and will also feature in Madiba, the Musical touring Australia in 2018.  She was recently serving all kinds of vocal fire on the famous talent show 'The Voice'.  Connect with RUVA on socials:  Instagram: @ruva_songbird  FB: @ruvamusic  Web:  ruvamusic.com

RUVA

RUVA is an African Australian Musician who has been making incredible strides in the music industry.

She studied classical and Jazz vocals at Victorian College Of Arts Secondary school. Among many prominent musicals RUVA was cast as lead character in the iconic THE LION KING which toured Australia and will also feature in Madiba, the Musical touring Australia in 2018.

She was recently serving all kinds of vocal fire on the famous talent show 'The Voice'.

Connect with RUVA on socials:

Instagram: @ruva_songbird

FB: @ruvamusic

Web: ruvamusic.com

Zarah Garbrah   Zarah is a 20 year old bi-racial woman with passion for celebrating her identity as a young woman of colour.  She is the Founder and Director of Embrace Your Frizzique  Her crown, her pride, her hair is at the forefront of her passion project - Embrace Your Frizzique - which is gaining reputation as a movement to empower women of colour. On this platform among many goals she works tirelessly to instil pride through education and embracing individualistic hair journey.  Garbrah looks forward to continuing to sprinkle her #blackgirlmagic by creating a product line and building her movement into an empire that continues to empower women of colour.  Connect with Zarah on Social Media  Social Media Links:  FB: https://www.facebook.com/embraceyourfrizzique/   IG:  https://www.instagram.com/embraceyourfrizzique/   TW:  https://twitter.com/eyfrizzique

Zarah Garbrah

Zarah is a 20 year old bi-racial woman with passion for celebrating her identity as a young woman of colour.

She is the Founder and Director of Embrace Your Frizzique

Her crown, her pride, her hair is at the forefront of her passion project - Embrace Your Frizzique - which is gaining reputation as a movement to empower women of colour. On this platform among many goals she works tirelessly to instil pride through education and embracing individualistic hair journey.

Garbrah looks forward to continuing to sprinkle her #blackgirlmagic by creating a product line and building her movement into an empire that continues to empower women of colour.

Connect with Zarah on Social Media

Social Media Links:

FB:https://www.facebook.com/embraceyourfrizzique/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/embraceyourfrizzique/

TW: https://twitter.com/eyfrizzique

Lynda Matutu   In the true spirit of #blackgirlmagic co-creating, the gorgeous and talented Host & Artist Lynda Matutu joins our host Dorcas Utkovic.  Connect with Lynda on Socials:  Instagram: @she_is_tutu

Lynda Matutu

In the true spirit of #blackgirlmagic co-creating, the gorgeous and talented Host & Artist Lynda Matutu joins our host Dorcas Utkovic.

Connect with Lynda on Socials:

Instagram: @she_is_tutu

Arthur Moleko

Nelson Mandela was and continues to be a global icon for peace and cohesion.

We were lucky to have a chat with the Chairperson of Nelson Mandela Day Australia Arthur Moleko who talked about his involvement with the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the wonderful work that they at the Nelson Mandela Day Commemorative Committee (NMDCC) are doing in Melbourne.

NMDCC was founded five years ago by the members of the African Australian communities. [It’s] vision is to continue to operate as platform for constructive debate on issues affecting
African Australians. Engage youth and educate general public.

Living under Apartheid was sufficient to propel anyone into action
— Arthur Moleko
Refugees don’t have the luxury of choice. Australia chose me
— Arthur Moleko

The Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Day Commemorative Committee, Arthur Motsetse Moleko was born in South Africa. In the mid-1970s as a young man growing under apartheid regime, he became involved with the Congress of South African Students and other youth movements where they tackled issues relating to black education and was inadvertently led to interest in politics.

“Living under Apartheid was sufficient to propel anyone into action” says Arthur. In particular, landmark events such as the Sharpville massacre and June 16 student uprise. These events and others ultimately led many to flee their country of birth in search of freedom and allies to assist in the liberation struggle.

Arthur learnt about Nelson Mandela and other prominent South African leaders like Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe and Walter Sisulu from childhood. These are some of the people who truly inspired him to get involved in movements that promote peace, equality and betterment of the quality of life for all. “Refugees don’t have the luxury of choice. Australia chose me” he continues. Arthur began his search for freedom in February 1977.  He would find himself as a refugee of many countries including his first port of call, kingdom of Lesotho, Tanzania, Libya, China, USA and finally Australia.

 

Simba Mak

Slick like Harvey Specter but raps with the best of them, lawyer turned rapper, Simba Mak, traded his suit and tie for a life of beats and rhymes earlier this year. Based in Melbourne where he’s practised as a lawyer for over five years, Simba Mak is constantly show-bound and is fast becoming one of Australian hip hop’s finest emerging talents.

Simba Mak is an artist who has always embraced duality, particularly when it pertains to career and vocation. In the last few years whilst juggling between the corporate and urban scenes, he has been diligently sharpening his skills as an MC and he has carved his own lane through his music, articulating his life’s journey and exploring everyday themes that relate to anybody with a desire to dream in spite of their reality. Words by simbamak.com