The 50-member Tshwane Gospel Choir will feature in Abasebenzi, a new South African film currently in production. Directed by young Johannesburg-based filmmaker Cuba Ikaneng, Abasebenzi is a story about honesty and the rewards of hard work. It explores its theme through the story of two homeless brothers who are asked to clean a house as part of a dying mans’ last wish.
The Tshwane Gospel Choir is a vibrant and pre-eminent African gospel music outfit based in the city of Tshwane. For the past six months the choir has been entertaining audiences around Tshwane townships, mainly Soshanguve, Mabopane and Winterveldt.
Basil Dube, the Tshwane Gospel Choirs’ marketing and events manager says production on the film will start in two weeks time and that some of the choir members will be screened for various acting roles as well.
Cuba Ikaneng has produced and directed various musical and religious shows such as Gospel Time, The Cell C Gospel Music Festival and Big Up which won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for best talk show in 2008. His recent television credits include writing and directing four films for etv’s Ekasi Stories which received rave reviews and became popular with township audiences.
Abasebenzi will be shot on location in Ga-Rankuwa one of Tshwane’s 13 townships also well known for its cultural artistic vibrancy.
The Tshwane Gospel Choir will be recording its first live DVD at the University of South Africa’s ZK Matthews Great Hall on Saturday 13.The choir pride itself as Tshwane’s emerging premier brand and boasts a host of highly talented singers who include Mammie Ntshauba and Ndivhuwo Matumba.Ndivhuwo is well known for his rendition of the popular Wanga Murena which won him an MTN SAMA Award in 2008.
Abasebenzi will be released on DVD and will be showcased at various film festivals and community centres around the country. The film launch will coincide with the release of the choir’s DVD in early 2011.