It all started in 2012 when Mervyn Stutter raised money at the Gala to celebrate the 20th year of Mervyn Stutters Pick of the Fringe. His chosen charity was Imibala. The money raised enabled the charity to host an IMIBALA’s Got Talent show, with at least 10 schools participating. The winners in 4 different categories were all given private lessons for a year. The overall winner was Asemahle Sentiwe for the hymn she sang. She was 13 at the time. She, in the intervening 10 years, has had two children, finished her schooling, and is now teaching literacy at Imibala. She is the sole breadwinner for her mother and sister, and her two children.
In a full circle, the now 24-year-old Asemahle is appearing at the festival. The money raised has enabled an impossible dream.
The 8 young people in the cast (15 to 19 years old) have been sponsored through the Trust. They all live in the areas Imibala helps support.
No one in the cast, or their families, has ever been abroad, or in an aeroplane, or ever thought they would get the opportunity.
Can’t you just feel the excitement in their hearts!
The show celebrates the 12 official languages of South Africa through song and dance, all sprinkled with that unique township vibe! From the traditional Gumboot Dance and The Click Song to modern hits like Jerusalema. The audience will learn a bit about their lives in the township, and their hopes for the future. But oh boy, they just can’t wait to share their energy and the joy of their cultures.
The Ballroom Counting House Free Fringe
11.30 – 12.30 Thursday 3rd – Tuesday 22nd August 2023