By Japhet Alakam
FOLLOWING three years of very successful performances in Nigeria and Davos, Switzerland, the (spectacular) award winning “Kakadu” the Musical will be coming to the Nelson Mandela Theatre, Johannesburg as part of the Africa Day Celebrations from the 7th to the 18th of June 2017. This was announced yesterday by Claire Pacariz, the Executive Producer, Jo’burg City Theatres.
“Kakadu is a highly creative, original production which has been internationally acclaimed as the first ever musical from Nigeria and that is why we are interested in bringing it to South Africa for the 2017 Africa Day celebrations. Africa Day as you know is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 23, 1963, when the leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” Ms. Pacariz said.
Kakadu, the Musical is based on several pivotal events that happened in Nigeria between 1965 and 1974, the watershed years immediately following independence from British colonial rule, leading to the Biafran War and the aftermath of that war. It is written and produced by one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria, Uche Nwokedi SAN. Musical direction and orchestration is by Benneth Ogbeiwi and the artistic and technical direction is by Kanayo Omo.
With a strong plot, captivating storyline, spectacular dance and a blend of the Anglo-American soul and pop music of the fifties and sixties that influenced musical expressions in 1960s Africa, Highlife music, Afrobeat and traditional Nigerian folk music, Kakadu is the most wonderfully eclectic musical ever performed anywhere. A unique “must-see, must experience” production.
“It is quite significant to the ethos of Kakadu that we have been invited to a theatre named after Nelson Mandela, a champion of liberties……” says the writer and producer, Uche Nwokedi SAN.
Kakadu joins a long list of world class productions invited to the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg .