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Migrant Arts off to Burundi, Mjumira off to Europe today

Migrant Arts left the country Sunday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe for in Burundi ready to shine and fly Malawi’s flag as they are set to hold two performances at the Buja Sans Taboo Festival which starts today and ends on Sunday.

The theatre group will stage their play titled Staging Times: Ta O’reva, a theatre installation directed by Thokozani Kapiri, visually inspired by Lebohang Kganye and original story by Muthi Nhlema and was premiered in Lilongwe.

The first performance is on Wednesday with the second on Thursday.

In the play, the family witnessed the time of Johannesburg in South Africa becoming apocalyptic to the point that people became more like shadows, faceless, identity-less and shadow images.

The production has a cast of four namely Misheck Mzumara, Diana Nyasha, Brenda Mselu and Sharon Mathala with Kapiri as the director.

Mzumara said before departure Sunday that they have had massive rehearsals and that they are looking forward to impressing the audience during the two performances.

“We expect to be exposed to some new acting styles since it is a festival that will bring performers from various countries,” Mzumara said.

Kapiri said their aim was to make new art networks and bring the festival to Malawi next year.

Meanwhile another veteran actor Mphundu Mjumira alongside four other actors – Dipo Katimba, Maxwell Makande, Felistus Kamloni and Noah Bulambo leave the country today for Germany where they are expected to star in a Theater Konstanz production of Wole Soyinka’s play King Baabu.

They are expected to stay in Germany for three months where they will first of all participate in rehearsals before the tour of the play which according to Mjumira, would also be staged in the country.

“We are ready and as I have been saying, this just shows how good we are as a nation in terms of talent,” Mjumira said.

In 2018 Mjumira also starred in a Theater Konstanz production Fear Eats the Soul which toured Germany before also touring Malawi.

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