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Tsotsi star destined for GIMC 2017 theatre

Publishing Date : 31 July, 2017


Renowned Tsotsi actor, Presley Chweneyagae will grace the stage alongside Tefo Paya and Mophato Dance Theatre at this year’s Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) theatre, on August 29.

Chweneyagae, born 1984 is a South African actor best known for his starring role in the 2005 film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th academy awards. Although he had acted before in plays and community theatre projects, Tsotsi was his first feature film. Chweneyagae has performed in a number of productions for North West Arts, now known as the Mmabana Arts Foundation and appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Puck) and in the play Cards at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. He made his TV acting debut in 2000 in Orlando for SABC TV. He was cast as The Poet in the 2006 mini-series When We Were Black.

In Tsotsi, a South African hoodlum named Tsotsi lives by a code of violence, and he and his gang of thugs prowl the streets of Johannesburg day and night, attacking those who fail to give them what they want. After casually shooting a woman and stealing her car, he discovers her baby in the back seat. Instead of harming the mewling infant, he takes it home and cares for it. The child acts as a catalyst for the hardened thug to regain his humanity.  

Last year as part of their weeklong events, the now renowned Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) included Theatre in their programme of events. The event which is in its 4th year now has grown in leaps and bounds, and was recently listed amongst the top ten events to attend in Africa. Last year during the build up to the BOT50 celebrations they worked with some of the best Theatre performers in the country to tell the story of Botswana over the past fifty years as the country celebrated the golden jubilee.

The top three plays that were selected to partake at the theatre night included Blue, Black and White a play by Donald Molosi, a romantic love story of the interracial marriage of former President Seretse Khama and Lady Ruth Khama; A Woman of Many Firsts by Moduduetso Lecoge which tells the story of Dr Gaositwe Chiepe as well as Morwa by Tefo Paya which depicts the struggles of growing up in Botswana from as far back as 1966 when the country gained independence and the challenges faced by men growing up in Africa.      

Other events for the GIMC include Jazz, Poetry, Comedy, the music festival and the champagne picnic among others. The event will bring performers from far and wide, including Nigeria’s Mr Ibu as well as Kirk Whalum from the US and Jonathan Butler (SA).  Other artists billed for the event include Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest.



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