Zolani Mahola is taking centre stage in her first one-woman show, The One Who Sings (from the Xhosa Lo Uculayo), at the Baxter Theatre from Tuesday November 19 to Saturday November 23.
Along with storytelling, Zolani interweaves her original new music with some of her most well-known songs, taking the audience on an intimate journey through the eyes of a young girl growing up in a divided 1980s South Africa.
She shares details from her life; from her tumultuous childhood and adolescence, to becoming an artist and national icon, opening the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and all the many personal and professional triumphs and challenges along the way.
“I’ve decided it’s time for me to share myself in a way I have never done before, and preparing for this show has been a huge part of my healing process,” she says.
“Through telling my story,
I want to use my voice to gently challenge my fellow humans
to rise above our current narrative to create a greater national story.”
The show is at 8.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm. Tickets are on sale at Webtickets for R120 each.