Loved by many, revered by his industry peers, a man who could juggle being a musician and an actor as though his second nature, is coming full circle in a celebration of his life, on The Fringe stage, at the Joburg Theatre on 31 August 2018.
This is a fitting tribute to the fallen star, who was laid to rest in 2015. This exclusive, one performance is a night of music and dance, presented by the accomplished Lerato Mvelase as she takes us on a voyage of the life and times of Thula ‘Senyaka’ Kekana, a multi-faceted entertainer whose career spanned over four decades.
Join us on 31 August 2018 at the Joburg Theatre for A Night of Kwaito with Moruti wa Tsotsi’s Friends. The night, promises to capture the true spirit, self-assured, dominant and knowledge of entertainment that patented Senyaka’s life and journey as a professional entertainer.
The evening features an all-star line-up of friends of Senyaka who were popular on the airwaves at the height of Kwaito. Gracing the stage are Kamazu, Mzekezeke, Jairus and Spikiri from Trompies, J Ross, DJ Beat Mochini, DJ Sue, Tloks Lepara and Beat Mochini. Together they were brothers, associates, friends and collaborators.
A hairstylist by trade, Senyaka’s road to music was through a friendship with well-known South African music producer, Sello “Chicco” Twala who ushered him into the music industry.
This master re-inventor, was not without controversy. His hits and movies, would rattle the sensitive with an unexpected unprintable profanity. Senyaka’s secret weapon was his ability to traverse industry barriers of age, form and categorization, delivering rap, kwaito, and house belters with equal ease.
“It gives us pride and pleasure to celebrate the memory of Senyaka with people who personally knew him. The evening will be filled with laughter and tears. It will illustrate the talented and complex man he was. He was a creative man who saw an opportunity out of any circumstances that one experienced in life. He touched everyone who knew him. “– says Themba “Fizzy” Sithole (Executive Producer).
Senyaka successfully championed the delivery of catchy dramatic comedy that drew from the mode of the Nigerian low budget film industry. He contributed largely to the development of locally-made movies that targeted South African communities. It is from here that he so fondly acquired the name “Moruti wa Tsotsi” after the satirical lead character he played in his comedy skits.
Senyaka’s contribution to their private and professional lives, is forever etched in their hearts.
“Join us as Moruti’s friends share memorable events of their lives through song. Highlights will include Senyaka’s popular hits, Go Away, African Rap, Romeo, Go Away, Thembalami, Chesa Mpama with DJ Walker and Fong Kong with Kamazu under The Hunger Boyz project.”, concludes Sithole.
If you want to go down memory lane or learn a thing or two about the history of South African pop culture, get your tickets now!