Local award winning writer and actress, Mbali Kgosidintsi, is bringing the stage to life with her latest play titled “Tseleng” which is currently playing at the Annual Maitisong Festival.
This is a two-woman show featuring award winning actresses Mpho Kgosana and Lerato Motshwarakgole of the South African soap opera “Generations”. The actresses play several characters and are supported by a live music production.
Tseleng is a personal narrative story by Kgosidintsi depicting her life as a young adult living a nomadic life constantly moving from city to city. It starts with her initial move from Botswana to South Africa as a young girl.
“To me, home transcended into a concept and not a physical place.” Kgosidintsi explained.
She further said that it was through these stories that she realized that no matter how far she went, home always seemed to always be closer to her.
The transition of the characters portrayed in the play do not begin and end with the changes in locations but develop as sub theme, showing the transition from childhood to adulthood.
This is an African story, explaining how despite a nomadic and fragmented life was able to sculpt her identity and in Kgosidintsi’s words, “Let her baggage go.”
Through the use of myths, music and rituals “Tseleng” shows the trials and tribulations of Kgosidintsi’s life growing up.
The show will be playing at Maitisong through the week and after the festival the troop will proceed to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, before proceeding to the city of Amsterdam.
The opening night featured live band Perfect Pitch featuring talented vocalist, Lebo Tatedi, and musical direction by Mmino Mundia, featuring four original songs, “Black Diamond” composed by Mmino and intern, Bridget Gaiqui; “Dark Rainbow”, “Looking Back”, and “Freedom” composed by Mbali Kgosidintsi as well as musical arrangement by Cedrick Ncube of Perfect Pitch.
A local version of the Greek chorus was played by bubbly twin sisters, Mavis and Lydia German. There was also a photo shoot with De Beers Diamonds from the Shining Light Awards Collection, further branding Botswana and Southern African products. Homegrown designer Sino, pitched in with her lovely beadwork.