DIM-DEP Musical (The Sound of the Beaten Drum)

Sagiya Foundation

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Duration: 48mins 33sec
  • Age Recommendation: 16+
  • Genre: Musical Theatre
  • Language: English with isiZulu

Dim-Dep,  an acronym for Drums and Indigenous Music Development Project, is the sound of the beaten drum; the ‘Face of Environmental Success’. This musical  edutainment focuses on the conservation of natural resources and sustainable living. With references to the Stone Age Era, before the planet earth got so disturbed by natural and human impacts on natural resources, Dim-Dep looks into the causes of global warming and the depletion of Ozone Layer. The Author, Mr Atlas Philani Duma, unfolds the story of Abangoni as the first tribe that descended from Central Africa to Southern Africa before other South African Royals were established, such as Zulu, Sotho, Ndebele, Sepedi, Tonga, Xhosa etc. before Southern Africa was discovered by other races from other continents. Dim-Dep discusses unity, care, support and cultural developments that bring about environmental resilience, social cohesion humanity, and the spirit of UBUNTU.

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Dim-Dep Technical Team
Author, Director and Executive Producer (Sagiya Foundation): Duma Atlas Philani
Assistant Director: Nzama Sibongiseni
Musical Director: Mtetwa Vincent
Stage Manager: Mlita Sbonelo
Vocal Coach: Manzi Sikhosiphi
Assistant Vocal Coach: Mkhwanazi Bongani
Video Production (MightyFuze Productions): Ngcobo Zamokwakhe
Project Manager (Playhouse Company): Mr Nyembe
Sound Designer (Maltre’ Productions): Nhleko Malcom
Lighting Designer: Olsen Glen
Wardrobe Mistress: Hlekwe Thulisile
Front of House (Sagiya Foundation): Duma Sibongile
Strategic Adviser on environmental Issues: Anthony Edward
Make-up Artists: Mbonambi Cebile
Poster Pics Photographer: Andrew Griffin
Poster Design: Vanessa Burger
Publicist: Ngubane Kwazi
Marketing: Mweli Dudu

Dim-Dep Musical Main Characters:
Ngamlana Philisiwe ‘Lee’: as Mpume (Stone Age)
Ngcobo Ntokozo Sngqazu: as Mpume (21st Century)

Filen Cherise: as Sindy (Stone Age)
Mchunu Nonkululeko: as Sindy (21st Century)

Dim-Dep Chorus:
Msomi Bazini Cynthia
Ngobese Zandile
Sikhakhane Simphiwe
Mngadi Zamangema
Zithobile Tenza
Xolo Precious
Gcaba Nonsindiso
Ntintili Philiswe
Malembe Bukisa
Magwaza Zama
Majola SilindeloRobert Nkosi
Manzi Kwazi
Nduli Gugu
Mtshali Sindile

Dim-Dep Band:
Percussionist: Shabalala Njabulo
Bassist: Mbhele Mduduzi
Guitarist: Ngema Cebo:
Drummer: Shongwe Sbongiseni
Pianist: Mtetwa Vincent

Songs and Composers:
Undendezana: Khulekani “Madala” Kunene (Publisher – Melt 200)
Gumbela: Khulekani “Madala” Kunene (Publisher – Melt 200)
Different Colours: Lucky Dube
Africa My Africa: Poem by Ntokozo Ngcobo (Publisher – Sagiya Foundation)
Kina Kinapatiyeya: AP Duma (Publisher – Sagiya Foundation)


Cherise Michelle (Hlengiwe) Filen
From her school days Hlengiwe has been involved in theatre/ stage-plays. She mastered the Zulu language, and as a result got involved in the mainstream theatre immediately after matriculating. Graduating as a drama student she played leading roles in productions such as: The Blind Man, Never the End, and the highly acclaimed mega production Have We Been Heard, staged at the Durban ICC (alongside such actors as Thembi Mtshali, Hamish Kyd-Nkabinde, Ntokozo Dlamini and members of Isibaya cast). As a lead actress and MC, she undertook roadshows commissioned by several municipalities in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban) and Mdonswa Productions.  The objective of these was to engage with communities spreading messages with regards to community health, human settlement and water conservation. Hlengiwe’s voice could be heard presenting at the popular Durban based radio station – Izwi Lomzansi – and she is also a frequent member of the SABC Ukhozi Fm radio drama series. Hlengiwe is part of the main cast of the forthcoming TV comedy by acclaimed South African comedian Celeste Ntuli. In addtion, she has just completed a shoot as the main character for made -for- TV ‘Ekasi Stories Movie’ titled “Mini Skirt Mageza” by Sobabili Productions. “Bring Back our Girls” is one of the mass protests undertaken by several South African actors. Participation on this protest meant a lot to her as a young woman and actress.

“Lee” Philisiwe Ngamlana
Lee is a zealous Black African female performer and writer born in the Eastern Cape in 1995.  She is a warm, welcoming and ambitious young woman who is deeply rooted in her relationship with GOD. She is adamant about leaving an eternal imprint in people’s lives through her craft and performing. She excels in dancing, acting, composing and reciting poetry and singing. Her love for performing began at a very young age, after she had seen the staging of a production titled “Umoja”, after that she took it upon herself to explore her newly found interest. Not long after that, she then was casted in several Christmas School plays and soon after became a member of the Addington Primary School choir; her first stage appearance came about at the age of 9 years, she had been casted as a sheep in a Christmas production. From then on her love for performing grew internally, during her matric year the yearning to be on stage reemerged. She landed a lead role as a teacher in yet another school production titled “Swag College”. She continued to follow her passion for performing arts, her first professional stage appearance came about in the year 2014 when she was casted as one of the leading characters in a musical production titled “Unveiling the Name” directed by Vincent Ngobese which was staged at the Durban Play House Loft theatre. She has also performed in a number of conferences hosted at the Durban ICC; this led to her working with Lucky Cele and Africa Ngema on a performance that depicted seven traditional dances from around Africa, which they then presented in Drakensburg. The JIA Dancers, who specialize in worshiping through dance, then recruited her and while with the JIA dancers, she became involved in outreach and revival sermons. She is currently working with Atlas Philani Duma on a stage production titled DIMDEP the faces of environmental success, scheduled for staging at the Durban Play House Loft Theatre in the first week of July 2015.

Ntokozo Ngcobo
Ntokozo Ngcobo, is a multi-skilled South African author, actress, musician, poet and public speaker. She is best known for her poem ”Africa my Africa” first performed in 2009, when she left South Africa for the United Kingdom. Since then, her achievements have taken her to print, TV and radio interviews such as uKhozi Fm amongst other radio stations. Ntokozo has shared stages and worked on Television projects with SA’s renowned personalities such as the late Ray Phiri & Joe Mafela, Tu Nokwe, Mango Groove, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Ihhashi Elimhlophe, Madala Kunene, Gcina Mhlophe, Zahara, Earnie Smith, Ladysmith black Mambazo, and Robbie Malinga among others.
In 2009, she then began her first professional acting in the United Kingdom and thereafter appeared as a lead on a number of stage productions which include Hellow & Goodbye by Athol Fugard; Full Circle; Unveiling the Name; Dim Dep Musical, Nandi The Musical, to mention but few. Ntokozo made her television debut in 2019 on the thrilling new drama series Ifalakhe; under the wing of ‘Stained Glass Productions’ playing the role of Queen Ibanathi, of the Khanya Kingdom. During 2015, she was amongst the top 12 finalists who successfully earned a place for the Playhouse Company ”Community Arts Mentorship Programme (CAMP)” a training programme aimed at experienced actors and writers seeking to develop their skills. In 2016, she was amongst the top 3 finalists; landing a role as Nosipho Cele on one of the Playhouse Company’s touring Productions ”Sugar Daddies”. Ntokozo has been trained under the mentorship of the industry professionals such as Sorisha Naidoo, Danny Glover, Edmund Mhlongo, Rulf Lawson, Smoking Mirrors, Ashwin Singh, Madoda Ncayiyana and Caroline Smart. She has also made Television appearances on TV commercials as well as co-hosting international Tv shows. Ntokozo performed at the 2016 Essence Festival and is the Satma Awards 2016 Nominee. She is currently involved in non-profit organizations based in the US as well as the UK providing daily needs for the less fortunate.

Nonkululeko Mchunu
Mentorship: Nonkululeko utilise her natural talent in arts but currently mentored by Mr Atlas Philani Duma, the director of “Dim-Dep The Sound a Beaten Drum” theatre production. She carries heritage of Umkhumbane as it is one of the townships that are much influenced by the history of Umkhumbane in pre 1994 The atmosphere allows for creativity. It inspires he as a writer and poet that in line with cutting edge issues.  She is currently involved with Uzalo, a KZN Based Movie series that is being shown on SABC1. Dim-Dep is her second production in professional theatre. Community Involvement: She was approached by children of the community of Katlehong in JHB to train them in Township Jive. She is involved in church called Assemble of God in Clermont Dbn as a Sunday School Teacher Achievements/Awards: Certificate in Fine Arts.