Monday, August 5, 2013

Musical Theatre: Africa Umoja August 7-18, 2013 at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto


Update August 9:
 

Extended to August 18, 2013
7 Additional shows:


August 14 - 8pm
August 15 - 8pm
August 16 - 8pm
August 17 - 2pm & 8pm
Auguts 18 - 2pm & 8pm

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From a media release:

Africa Umoja
August 7-11, 2013
at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto

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TORONTO -
Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness, is a pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance. From the potent rhythms of tribal musical to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, journey through the jazz of Sophiatown to the inspirational joy of Gospel and the powerful pounding energy of Kwaito and is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, with a large cast of South Africa’s young versatile performers, singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players.

Travelling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, AFRICA UMOJA tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music - from the earliest rhythms to kwaito.

Marvel in the beautiful costumes & award winning, internationally acclaimed choreography. AFRICA UMOJA is a loud, colourful and jubilant celebration of life that audiences from all backgrounds have found infectiously delightful and uplifting.

Twenty-six countries have embraced the traditional love songs, lullabies and other musical expressions of rural life. They have also cried along in the city streets listening to music reflecting the pain of the migrant laborers and their families.



Relive the energy of Sophiatown, infused with passionate voices as they tell their story. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.

There are also the reminiscent sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times and a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the country’s stormiest historical passages. Experience the remarkable journey traveled to the current sounds of Kwaito!

Despite its occasional moments of reflection and pathos, AFRICA UMOJA is a loud, colourful, and jubilant celebration of life that audiences – whatever their cultural backgrounds – have found infectiously delightful and uplifting. The 40-piece cast made up from a myriad of South African cultures has its own touching story to tell…

Tickets: $90, $80, $75.50, $35.50
Seven performances only:

August 7 at 8 p.m.
August 8 at 8 p.m.
August 9 at 8 p.m.
August 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
August 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.

Location:
Elgin Theatre
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

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