The theatre, in partnership with Sound Proprietors, will host the 2022 edition of Africa Day Groove themed “Ode to the Blanket”, inspired by the concept of blankets playing a significant role in African culture and tradition.
Exciting acts on the line-up include the acclaimed Sjava, Nomfundo Moh, Peanut Butter and Jam with Malcolm Jiyane, The Brother Moves On, Black Crazy Dudes, as well as Soweto’s BCUC, who will blow audiences away with their diverse offerings. The amazing line-up will be completed by a DJ who has graced stages around the African continent, affectionately known as Mofaya.
Tshiamo Moseyi, the founder of Sound Proprietors, the event organisers, says they are incredibly happy to host the Africa Day Groove for 2022, especially after the Covid-19 lockdown has been lifted.
“We, as Sound Proprietors, are delighted to be bringing back the Africa Day Groove for 2022 in partnership with the Soweto Theatre. Although it is the new normal, we forge ahead with the mandate that we have been given by our elders to remember them and the heredities passed down through the arts, literature, and music,” Moseyi says.
He says the inclusion of blankets in the show commemorates their traditional significance in life’s milestones. Many African cultures use blankets to not only represent their specific tribes but to celebrate a meaningful phase or event in life.
“Blankets form part of traditions cultivated and adapted over many years. Designs will vary depending on the specific tribe or region. This year, while celebrating our heritage and diversity, perhaps something as trivial as a blanket will remind us of our similarities,” Mosenyi explains.
He says Africa Day Groove intends to use the diversity of Africans to unite and promote the undeniable creativity of local artists, offering an opportunity for the audience to be even more proud of being African.
Africa Day serves as a reminder for Africans that 32 African countries signed the Charter of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which later evolved into the African Union (AU), on 25 May 1963. At the time, only 30 of those countries were free of colonial rule. The charter called for greater African unity in support of African countries’ independence from colonialism and apartheid. It also promoted economic and political cooperation with the goal of ensuring that all people on the continent live freely and prosperously.
Theatregoers are urged to present their identity documents on the day of the event to complete the public health questionnaire. All Covid-19 health protocols will be adhered to. For more information on Africa Day Groove visit: https://www.sowetotheatre.com or telephone 0861 670 670 for ticket information.