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GUG’OTHANDAYO PERFORMS IN BULAWAYO

Nhimbe Trust’s Blues Café in September brought the South African act Gug’othandayo the Musical to Bulawayo for three performances, two of which were held at the Academy of Music on the 28th and 30th of September while one was held at Bulawayo Theatre as part of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo on the 1st of October.
At Intwasa Gugothandayo was the closing act and their performance was attended by over 300 people, amongst them were arts legends Cont Mhlanga, Albert Nyathi and Daves Guzha. Gugothandayo (getting old is a choice) is a musical that features 20 gogos (elderly women) aged 50 to 81 and is written and directed by Bafana Dladla. It was conceptualised in 2010 when 20 gogos aged between 50 and 79 decided to take their personal stories to the stage, in particular the issues they faced.
These narratives, combined with song, revolve around their dealings and disappointments with government departments, such as the infamous South African Social Security Agency (better known as SASSA), and their memory of the trials and tribulations associated with being a domestic worker, among others. The play was given a standing ovation by the audience with audience members impressed by the energy, joy and liveliness of the grannies who were on stage in the production as well as the apt music provided by their band.
The Gug’othandayo band also featured at the Intwasa Arts Festival’s Spring Jazz Night, performing a number of their songs and adaptations of popular South African jazz songs.

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