Weyisile (Conquered)

This 4-part music video series takes audiences on a teenage girl’s journey. Based in Makhanda, she is discovering the hero within. She is accompanied by spirit guides (who may or may not be physical) in the form of vocal harmony, body percussion and movement. Her journey ultimately leads back to her home, where she finds belonging once more as well as the promise of a new beginning.

The four parts consist of Ulwandle Lutshile, Azania Medley, Kura Uone and Lelilanga.

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Duration (minutes): 20m43s
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Release Date: August 19, 2021 15:00 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: IsiXhosa

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

All music workshopped, arranged and performed by Kwantu Choir 2021, facilitated and adapted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.

Brought to you by National Arts Festival, OCTOPI, The Prophet and the Carpenter and KWANTU Designs

Song List:
Ulwandle Lutshile, Song by Msaki, released 2016, Album: Zaneliza – How the Water Moves.
Azania Medley: Mdali, Song by Buhlebendalo, released 2020, Album: Chosi. Azania, Song by Buhlebendalo, released 2020, Album: Chosi.
Kura Uone, Song by Bongo Maffin, released 2005, Album: New Construction.
Lelilanga, song by Naima Kay, released 2013, Album: Umsebenzi

KWANTU DESIGNS TEAM:
Concept, Production Design and Artistic Director: Kutlwano Kepadisa
Production Assistant 1: Bayanda Mthetho
Production Assistant 2: Tshegofatso Makube
Choreographer: Thembani Buka
Workshop facilitator 1: Nqobile Mbhele
Workshop facilitator 2: Bayanda Mthetho
Workshop facilitator 3: Tshegofatso Makube
Workshop facilitator 4: Asakhe Cuntsulana
Costume Designer: Dilotho Holdings – Mandisa Motitsoe and Phelela Seyesi
Makeup: Dilotho Holdings – Vuyelwa Moyo

Cast
Thembani Buka
Asakhe Cuntsulana
Xolisa Foley
Rutendo Gandidze
Nduduzo Gumede
Kutlwano Kepadisa
Mduduzi Makoni
Tshegofatso Makube
Mandisa Motitsoe
Mihlali Mpotulo
Bayanda Mthetho
Lukholo Nelani
Mihlali Ngeju
Zukhanye Nyeka
Phelela Seyesi
Yonwabisa Sizani

Transport: Yabo Tours

Recording, Mixing & Mastering: The Prophet and the Carpenter – Elijah Madiba

OCTOPI TEAM
Videographer 1: Brad Jackson
Videographer 2: Nick Smuts
Editor: Josh Hundermark
Producer: Leila Kidson

NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL TEAM
Artistic Director: Rucera Seethal
Executive Producer: Nobesuthu Rhayi
Technical Director: Nicci Spalding
Assistant Project Manager: Nqobile Mbhele
Production Manager: Nomfundo Nondzube
Technical Assistant: Siviwe Qhude

PROJECT MENTORS
Filming Consultant: Khalid Shamis
Music Consultant: James Bassingthwaighte

Special Thanks:
Mr and Mrs Nondzube

This work was commissioned by the National Arts Festival, with funds from the Presidential Stimulus Programme, administered by the National Arts Council. 2021

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

KWANTU Designs is a parent NPC of the project Makhanda KWANTU Choir

KWANTU (choir) is a community choir of diverse singers of Makhanda. It prides itself on being a choral ambassador for the town. It has represented the town on National and International Festivals such as the Choral Celebration Festival, National Arts Festival, and World Choir Games. Currently, it is under the direction of Kutlwano Kepadisa.

The choir is also the training choir of the Annual Creative city event, Masicule – Celebrating the voices of Makhanda. The choir also serves as a ceremonial choir for many official events, local, provincial and national events around Makhanda. In 2019 they were the ceremonial choir for the National Freedom Day celebration, renaming of Amazwi Museum and re-opening of the Observatory. In 2020, for the Birthday celebration of Nobel Literature laureate Professor JM Coetzee.

2020 saw the choir release their first studio album and documentary, “Three Years in the Making”, available on the National Arts Festival vFringe.

KWANTU Designs brings in artists of varying disciplines in a collaborative form to create moving and relevant artistic outputs