Arts Academy Set For Grahamstown Centre Stage
KIMBERLEY – It is a total artistic mix. Music, singing, body building, poetry and dance all into a single act. That is the magic of the internationally acclaimed Amandla Danca Teatro ZA (ADT ZA) that is based at Kimberley’s Zingisa Intermediate School and staging shows at the Mayibuye Arts Centre. Apart from their international travels, the group will have more to write home about. ADT ZA has been confirmed for the big stage in this year’s National Arts Festival to be held in Grahamstown. ADT ZA’s spokesperson Bangiwe Ka Jobela said; “We will be the first group taking a huge cast along. This will also give our members a chance to be scouted by international agencies.
We have a budget of R450 000 for the tour and we hoping to secure sponsorships, mainly for our cast of 90 children.” The globe-trotting Ka Jobela believes the mid-year Grahamstown extravaganza heralds more action. “It will be an honour to take Emathongeni (the children cast) outside of the borders of South Africa. I want our members to gain the same experience as us. I lived in Germany for five years and in Brazil for two years,” said the singer and dancer of the internationally acclaimed musical, Disney’s The Lion King. AZT ZA was conceived on foreign soil in Hamburg in Germany through the help of a Brazilian national and choreographer Guilherme Duarte alongside Ka Jobela, Neo Lemphote, Mkhululi Mabija and nine other artists hailing from Kimberley in 2010. Duarte was also a guest of the Sol Plaatje