Lephalale the Musical — the story of a town

LEPHALALE — Lephalale the Musical, a show about the history of Lephalale, will be held in the Mogol Club function hall on Saturday 6 October from 18:00.

Neshe and Bafedile

Mogol Post interviewed Bafedile Masasa (30), project manager and script writer and Neshe Kekae (32), financial manager of the Evergreen Arts Centre in Marapong about their background, the origin of the show and what the community can expect.

Bafedile was born on the farm Renosterpan in Steenbokpan while his grandparents were working and living there. He moved to Marapong in 1995 after he completed a qualification in Performing Arts in Polokwane (Seshego) at the Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Arts (PRID).

Neshe was born in Soweto and came to Lephalale in 1997, where he met Bafedile.

“I wanted to give something back to Lephalale and to develop art in the area. The Evergreen Arts Centre arose from two creative minds who had the same passion and the Centre opened its doors in 2013.”

Lephalale the Musical tells the story of the origin of the small town Ellisras, the different cultures and the ups and downs of Lephalale’s economy. It also addresses farm murders, crime and local entertainment.

“We want to bring the community of Lephalale together – we are all Africans,” Bafedile concluded.

This group of 30 artists in different fields, such as singing, performing, dancing and a live band, are all residing in Marapong.

Members of the Evergreen Arts Studio rehearse for the show as part of their daily routine, but, according to Bafedile, they battle to get a proper area to rehearse.

Lephalale the Musical will be performed at R100 per person at Mogol Club on 6 October, at the Polokwane Library Gardens on 26 October and in Bloemfontein in November (date and venue to be confirmed).

Contact Bafedile at 073 527 7147 or Jalek at 079 926 4038 for information.

Anyone who can assist them with a place (a school hall for instance) in Marapong where they can rehearse is kindly requested to contact Bafedile.

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