06 June 2017

Kakadu - First Nigerian musical in South Africa

The first ever Nigerian musical called "Kakadu" will be showcased at the Joburg Theatre in South Africa.

Kakadu, which means "A Place to belong", is a musical play which debuted in 2013 in Lagos and has ran successfully in the whole of Nigeria, Davos and Switzerland.

The award-winning production is infused with an eclectic blend of music ranging from Anglo-American pop and soul, afro beat, traditional Igbo, Yoruba folk and Juju music. It is the first Nigerian production to be staged in South Africa.

The musical is based on the story of Nigeria gaining independence from British colonial rule. It is on the optimistic period of a new found freedom. Kakadu was a popular nightclub in the late 1960's and early 70's, where Nigeria's vibrant people and most celebrated musicians gathered, with scant regard for tribal affiliation and ethnic differences.

Kakadu's Executive Producer and writer, Uche Nwokedi believes that the project is aimed at bridging the gap between Nigeria and South Africa, exporting the South African distinctive cultural values and as a further denunciation of xenophobia through beautiful music and enthralling drama.

"The two countries have over the years maintained strong relations, and such artistic productions have a huge contribution in solidifying ties," Nwokedi said.

Executive Producer of Joburg City Theatres, Claire Pacariz described Kakadu as a highly creative, original production.

The musical is set to run for two weeks from Thursday 8 June till Sunday 18 June, 2017 at the Joburg Theatre. The production will also host a cultural exchange workshop titled "An Exchange of Rhythms" at Soweto Theatre on the 13 June 2017.

Thulile Gama