Neo Vilakazi Presents the sensational New African musical
Shona the Musical Choir is appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival -
16 August 2021
Neo Vilakazi Presents the new sensational musical
Coming to The studio, potterow (behind the festival theatre), edinburgh, 25 – 27 October
VUKA-ZIMBABWE by Raymond Vilakazi
THE DEVIL NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD by Raymond Vilakazi
Welcome to Shona!
Amazing African musicals don’t come along often. “Shona The Musical” is a rare phenomenon indeed. Not only is it written by Africans themselves, it brings together a mixed cast of black and white characters which is unusual in African musicals. The wonderful costumes, the intoxicating music, the powerful story is all skillfully told by an insanely talented cast.
The Lion King has been a torch-bearer for African inspired musicals for years, “Shona The Musical” is that new kid on the block which will delight and amaze in equal measure. The story is based on recent events in Zimbabwe. Under Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe burned and the lives of its black and white citizens were thrown into turmoil.
“Shona The Musical” captures the drama of these events and hits its audience in the solar plexus with its sheer audacity. If you are looking for a theatrical experience that will change you forever, come see “Shona The Musical”.
Discover how passionate director Neo Vilakazi created Shona
I have dreams my friend, dreams which haunt me in the dead of night and won’t let me be. I hear the voices of my ancestors in my sleep. The ancestors cry out, “You too can rip a page from Africa’s wondrous story book and share it with the world”.
Behind the Scenes
Hello Shona The Musical Lovers!! We thought we would share something special for you. Here is a sneak peek at our crazy talented cast, rehearsing for our upcoming performances in October!! Enjoy! Book your tickets now..
Check out our Storyboard – Illustrated by Sara Campbell
Shona The Musical – Official Trailer 2018
Sights and Sounds
Take a look behind the scenes of Shona The Musical
About the Show
“Shona The Musical” is based on real events. It is the story of three friends – Sabelo, Mujuru and Harry- who grew up playing happily together in the rural areas of Zimbabwe. Their youthful tranquility and friendship is shattered when Mujuru’s mother dies in a jail cell after being arrested by Harry’s uncle, a white police captain.
Meanwhile Sabelo meets with better fortune. He receives a generous scholarship from Harry’s father (who is a major local landowner) to join Harry to study in Scotland.
Sabelo returns years later to take his rightful place as chief of the Shona people, with his Scottish fiancee, Joanne. Their marriage enrages Mujuru, who despises white people and blames them for his mother’s death and his lack of opportunitieis in the past.
As the major general in Robert Mugabe’s army, Mujuru is hellbent on settling old scores and riding Zimbabwe of all white people, by any means necessary, including getting rid of his old friend, Harry.
With an eclectic musical score, exuberant dancing, rhythmic drumming, colourful costumes and a diverse cast, Shona the Musical is a contemporaty portrayal of people’s lived experiences in post-colonial Africa.
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T: For Shona the Musical Choir Concert tickets contact the EIF Box Office +44 (0)131 473 2000