Live Performance

Amathambo Ayashukuma, translated as "The Bones are Shaking," is a poignant theatre piece centred on the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917. Delving into the often-overlooked narrative, the production focuses on the wives and children left behind, fervently seeking reconnection with their lost loved ones. The storyline unfolds as these resilient individuals embark on a journey to resuscitate the bones of the fallen, breathing life back into the memories of those who perished. Amathambo Ayashukuma weaves a tapestry of emotion, culture, and historical significance, offering a powerful exploration of loss, remembrance, and the enduring human spirit.


Phumzile Mzobe - Actor

About the Artists

Mongezi Ncwadi is a seasoned artist, actor, writer, and director, boasting over two decades of industry experience. Renowned for collaborations with legends like Dr. Ntshona and Mama Nkonyeni, Ncwadi has toured London, garnered multiple awards, and made impactful on-screen appearances, including in "Gqeberha: The Empire." His career reflects a commitment to artistic excellence and a rich diversity of accomplishments.







  • Target Age Group
  • Age Classification
    All Ages
  • Reason for Classification
    • Family

  • February 21, 2024
    16:00 - 17:00
    Mendi Arts Centre

  • February 22, 2024
    16:00 - 17:00
    Mendi Arts Centre
  • Name
    Mendi Arts Centre
  • Location
    Mendi Arts Centre, New Brighton, Gqeberha
  • Directions
    The Mendi Centre has secure parking , through the entrance on Mendi Road.
  • Map Link
  • Accessibility Info
    Mendi is fully accessible to wheelchair users as there are no steps on the performance and exhibition levels.
  • Wheelchair Directions
  • Primary Language
    English & isiXhosa
  • Accessibility Information
  • Event Format
    Live Performance