Mr Kgosi Dijeje Showcase
UB-French Club & Letsatsi Dance Theatre will return to the stage featuring a new production called Mr Kgosi Dijeje on the 28th and 30th July 2016 at Maitisong. This is an African Theatrical Musical Comedy. Mr Kgosi Dijeje production is a continuation of the Letsatsi programme that aims to develop Batswana youth into performance art professionals.
The performance tells a story about pre-colonial Botswana’s interaction with the Europeans who introduced the chiefs and their people to money, trade and weapons which lead the corruption of our chiefs and erosion of tradition.
The production brings another authentic African story to the stage with a group of talented Batswana actors and musicians. Mr Kgosi Dijeje is a story originally from Francophone Africa and is a take on Bernard Dadie’s play ‘Monsieur Thôgô-Gnini’. The story has a commonality which resonates throughout Africa as it deals with colonial themes and situations. The play will focus on the dynamics and humour often found when different cultures meet and sometimes clash.
The production is to form part of the Bot50 celebratory events put on by the University of Botswana, powered by the UB Foundation. The play will be staged in various small towns and villages over the next few months up to August.
The cast of Mr. Kgosi Dijeje features 35 youth who were trained and mentored by a team comprised of Austin de Drouillard and Mr Joe Matome who plays the lead role of Mr Kgosi Dijeje. UB-French Club and Letsatsi Dance Theatre’s productions are inspired by both the present as well as the past to produce vibrant new dance forms. Mr. Kgosi Dijeje will incorporate traditional instruments like the Segaba and Setinkane being played live by local musicians.
The public can look forward to a vibrant performance featuring song, dance and music that reveals its authentic African spirit; a production where the choreography of Austin de Drouillard and direction of Letsunyane re-imagines African traditions in the context of modern society.