More than 100 Zulus will take over Brecon this month (AUGUST) with parades, displays and spectacular performances.
King Cetshwayo: The Musical, portrays the life of King Cetshwayo through a new musical, featuring live music, traditional shembe dance, projection and storytelling on August 23 – 25. Written by Jerry Pooe, this new production will tell the King Cetshwayo story in 3 episodes, looking at his preparation for Battle, the epic battle itself at Isandlwana and then his capture and stay in London. The performance contains authentic amahubo singing and vibrant action filled dance. The epic story features over 25 performers including members of the Zulu Royal Family and is recreated through storytelling, song, multi-media and movement in this unique Zulu style.
The show will be opened by the High Commissioner of South Africa on Wednesday, August 23.
There will also be a performance of Shembe music and dance, South African Gospel, Zulu Wedding songs and Anglican Church hymns all performed by the King’s Royal Zulu Choir on August 26 at Brecon Cathedral.
On August 27, the Zulu Royal Family and Government Officials will follow in the footsteps of King Cetshwayo on a trail around London, before the celebrations head back to Wales.
On August 28 and 29, John Young will be delivering two talks on the Anglo-Zulu War including the death of the French Prince Imperial and the battle of Isandlwana. Also on August 29 there will be a showing of the film “Zulu Dawn” at the Coliseum Cinema, Brecon.
August 31 will see an epic Re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the outgunned Zulu’s led by King Cetshwayo triumphed through their determination and preparation. This was widely considered to be the greatest defeat suffered by the Colonial British Empire. The re-enactment will take place in the dramatic setting of Cardiff Castle. The final event of the celebrations will be a farewell meal at the Pierhead in Cardiff.
Dorcas Creswell, Project Manager for The Zulu Celebrations and Trustee of The Friends of The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum, Brecon said, “This is a unique series of events commemorating the bravery of all those who fought and fell during the Anglo-Zulu War so long ago. We have been warmly embraced by our counterparts in KwaZulu-Natal and want to give them a warm welcome in Wales. This will be a superb opportunity for these artists to demonstrate their talents to an international audience. Brecon welcomes the Zulus.”
There will also be an exhibition of images and Zulu artefacts on display in the Andrew Lamont Gallery in Theatr Brycheiniog, from August 24 until Monday 4 September.
To book tickets or for more information visit brycheiniog.co.uk or call 01874 611622.