STORY TRAIN 2021: Monwabisi Bangiwe

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Monwabisi Bangiwe to tell the tale of ‘The Sun and the Moon’.
Shango the Sun and Yemanja the water are friends, but Yemanja never comes to visit Shango. One day Yemanja comes to visit and this causes problems for Shango and his wife, Oshun.

The story train is all about passing on the wonderful African tradition of storytelling and bringing it into the modern day – stories feed our curiosity and imaginations, develop a love of learning, and connect us to others. Aimed at children aged 4-10, each session explores a new story told by a vibrant and energetic storyteller. Being in the zoom room will give you the opportunity to enjoy the story with others, and have some creative fun together. Get on the train daily with Tsholofelo Shounyane, our resident train conductor, and her friend, Nonki.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Family
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: Ages 3 - 10
  • Release Date: July 24, 2021 00:01 - July 24, 2021 23:59
  • Language: All 11 official languages - see detailed programme for information.



This project is brought to you by ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa. The funding for this collaboration is made possible through the National Arts Council (NAC) PESP fund, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Rand Merchant Bank.

Storyteller: Monwabisi Bangiwe

Project Managers: Yusrah Bardien, Pauline Hansen

Iekraam Adams, Siphumeze Khundayi, Sanele Moya, Jessica Denyschen, Matthew Griffiths, Renaldo Kell.
Tshireletso Media: Tshepiso Motlhagodi and Tumisang Kokonyane

Educational Materials: Yvette Hardie, Alison Green, Ann Simmonds


Monwabisi Bangiwe graduated from Tshwane University of Technology. He has worked as a dance instructor, singer, actor, dancer and has toured in Africa, Europe, Brazil, Taipei , China Beijing and the United States of America. Bangiwe’s first musical experience was with Tim Plewman & Bill Flynn’s Fangs The Comedy Musical. He was cast in the original South African production of Disney’s The Lion King being the 1st African to be Dance Captain. He was later invited to be in The Lion King Taipei , Germany and Brazil as a
singer, dancer and actor. He is a co-founder of a multi award winning musical theatre academy Amandla Danca Teatro based in Galeshewe. He has worked with the Youth around South Africa in arts projects
such as Dare To Dream, Hands On, Galeshewe Theatre Organization, and Field Band Foundation. Bangiwe choreographed various beauty pageants around South Africa, as well as musicals that toured SA
and some African countries. His collaborative works bagged a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda 2018 and in 2019 a Cut Above Standard Bank Ovation Award for Umthombo. Recently his work with Amandla Dança Teatro ZA titled Mwana Wa Mvula was seen at the Northern Cape Theatre and is currently touring.