Anna Mudeka’s fabulous Kure Kure – Faraway tour continues with various Essex dates this autumn as part of this national tour.
Zimbabwean born multi-instrumentalist, dancer and theatre practioner, An-na Mudeka, brings her tour de force one woman show, Kure Kure/ Fara-way, to audiences across the UK over summer and autumn 2019.
The successful tour continues across the country with shows in Septem-ber, October and November visiting Norwich, Holt, Ipswich, Birmingham, Manchester, Slough, Bristol, Cromer, Colchester, Kings Lynn, Twicken-ham, Thetford, Diss and Lowestoft with more dates to be announced in August.
Kure Kure/ Faraway chronicles the Great Migration of Anna’s ancestors, the Bantu tribe, across central Africa and frames it in her personal struggle of balancing a quest for global adventure while remaining true to the tradi-tions of her dynastic forebears. It’s a story of identity, assimilation, and the challenges faced by migrants, as relevant in ancient times as they are to-day.
Told through the music, dance and mesmerising ululation of the Shona people, accomplished mbira player Anna sets the scene for an epic odys-sey traversing legends of the African diaspora, evoking ancestral and modern identities. From the fabled great march of the Bantu Tribe across the Tanganika and Baka regions to Zimbabwe some 5000 years ago, Kure Kure/Faraway, explores seismic shifts in the regions’ cultural history.
Homage is paid to the spiritual deity and female warrior Nehanda who united the Ndebele and Shona tribes to rise up in the first Chimurenga war against western colonialists in the late 1890’s and whose execution has defined Zimbabwean nationalism ever since. Anna conjures the sensory influence of her grandmother in a deeply personal soundscape, con-trasting this with the emotional jolt of moving to a new country and finding herself alone, vulnerable, excited and empowered.
Saturday 5th October
Westcliff St Georges Church,
Southend on Sea SS0 8LH
Thursday 24th October
7pm FirstSite, Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester CO1 1JH