Ikusasa Arts Development

Live Performance

Umzila is a new Dance work. The story is about a man who acknowledges and accepts the path that will lead him on a journey in search of a traditional bag (itasi) that was left by his great grandfather, who, within the family, no one wanted to accept. The reluctance to accept this bag brought separation and havoc within the family. He believes accepting this bag will bring light, peace and heal his broken family. This work is performed by 6 people, 2 dancers and 4 live musicians.


Lindisile Mabenge - Singer / percussion 

Sibongile Tsoni - Singer

Zizipho Rala - Singer

Bhekumzi Songxishe - Singer

Siyanda Malindonga - Dancer 

Sibongile Steven - Dancer 


Mandilakhe Gwashu - Producer & Cheorgrapher 

Siyabulela Jack - Stage Manager 


About the Artists

Mandilakhe Gwashu embarked on his dance journey in 2002 within a community dance group, later collaborating with notable entities such as Uphondo Lwe Afrika and Africa Umoja. His commitment to honing his craft led him to pursue dance training at Vuyani Dance Theater in 2012. As a seasoned artist, Mandilakhe has spearheaded the creation of several dance productions, including "Slavery," "1 Kami," "Torn," "Emv'ekhaya," "Thetha," and "Zazi."

His artistic prowess has garnered recognition and accolades, with notable achievements such as the Eastern Cape Art and Culture Awards, where he secured the MEC Special Award and the Arts and Culture Award for Best Dance Production. Additionally, he received the Mayoral Award for Outstanding Performance and the Isakhono Award, marking his excellence in the dance realm.

Currently, Mandilakhe is taking his captivating dance production, titled "ZAZI," on a tour across the Eastern Cape. This showcases his ongoing dedication to sharing his artistry and contributing to the vibrant cultural landscape of the region.







  • Target Age Group
  • Age Classification
    All Ages
  • Reason for Classification
    • Aimed Towards Children
    • Aimed Towards Teenagers
    • Family
    • Language Use
    • Professional Content

  • February 21, 2024
    18:30 - 19:05
    Savoy Theatre

  • February 22, 2024
    18:30 - 19:05
    Savoy Theatre

  • February 24, 2024
    16:00 - 16:35
    Savoy Theatre
  • Name
    Savoy Theatre
  • Location
    The Savoy Theatre, Parsons Hill, Gqeberha
  • Directions
    The Savoy has ample safe parking facilities.
  • Map Link
  • Accessibility Info
    The auditorium is accessible to wheelchair users through the carpark entrance. Please arrange with the Front of House team for a staff member to meet you when booking your tickets.
  • Wheelchair Directions
  • Primary Language
  • Accessibility Information
    • Highly Visual
  • Event Format
    Live Performance