Moya wa Sechaba
Spirit of the Nation
| • Nico Opera House, Cape Town: 19-22 October 2000
• Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown: 2-3 July 2001
• Spier Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch: 5-8 December 2001
|Moya means wind, breath, spirit - celebrating the spirit of a nation ... This musical extravaganza featured South African diva Sibongile Khumalo and son Tshepo Mngoma on violin, backed by a number of Cape Town musicians, as well as the aerial expertise of the Zip-Zap Circus and the song and dance skills of Jazzart Dance Theatre (traditional, tap and innovative contemporary).
There are no stereotyped male/female divisions in this troupe. Everybody gets to stomp in wellies, do lifts - and wear skirts. More seriously, neither routines nor costumes exoticise and titillate in the way stage cabarets often do. Everyone is as sexy as hell - and as African as hell - but not the way Sun City might prescribe it.
Cue, Tuesday, July 3, 2001
In an evening of searing individual ability, Zip-Zap's tumblers made an indelible mark. To a frenetic Goema rhythm, composed by guitarist Allou April, this bunch of teens and pre-teens bounced, spun, arched, somersaulted and flew straight into one of the loudest bouts of audience appreciation of the night.
Cape Times, Monday, October 23, 2000
A spectacle to stir new faith in our African Renaissance ... After the last, joyful note of the finale has sounded, one has a sense of deep-seated satisfaction due as much to pleasure at the spectacle as to reassurance from the bright confidence of the show's message. This is not merely an exercise in patriotism; it is an evening of rewarding spectacle.
Cape Argus Tonight, Friday, October 20, 2000
"Typically for Hinkel the work is not the equivalent of a vacuous music and dance show with dance routines unconnected to the message of the song. Mayihlome deals with HIV/Aids and drives home the message that we must work together and go to war against this scourge. The visuals feature the dancers bearing the staff that is the emblem of the Shaman."
Andrew Gilder, Cape Times, December 7, 2001