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Ipi Ntombi--An African Dance Celebration
A cast of dancers strives to blend the traditional rhythms of Africa with the modern heartbeat of its people.
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The stories in which we find the deepest truth are the stories that emerge from personal experience. Written in collaboration with award-winning playwright and director Yael Farber (Mies Julie), A Woman in Waiting is a story that opens up the reality of one black woman’s life during the Apartheid years in South Africa. The story is deeply personal, all the more so for being presented by the person who lives to tell her own tale: the multi-talented and internationally acclaimed Thembi Mtshali-Jones (Cry Freedom, Ipi Ntombi). Masterfully narrated, Mtshali-Jones takes us with her through the ups and downs of her life from the moment of her birth, through her childhood and adulthood, into the present moment where she is sharing the space with us, the audience, and sharing moment after moment of her life with us as if gently handing us the individual petals of a flower.

From the massive African musical IPI TOMBI (Ipi nTombi).

IPI NTOMBI the amazing South African musical, full-length ! Here it is for fair use. No copyright infringement intended. A co-production of Clive Morris Prod......

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IPI NTOMBI the amazing South African musical, full-length !
Here it is for fair use. No copyright infringement intended.

A co-production of Clive Morris Productions & Connecticut Public Television. Copyright Alnal Investments (pty) Ltd 1997.
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Reducing contrast when possible may improve viewing experience. Enjoy ! :-)Presentation of the musical "Ipi Ntombi," which means "Where are the girls," performed at the Baxter Theater on the campus of the University of Capetown in South Africa. The story, set in rural Africa, depicts a young man Duduzi, who falls in love and plans to marry the young maiden Tembu. Duduzi's family demands a traditional tribal marriage, but Duduzi prefers the ways of the city and longs for a "city-style" Christian wedding. The influences of the city prevail and Johannesburg is the setting for a celebration complete with traditional dances and songs.Presentation of the musical "Ipi Ntombi," which means "Where are the girls," performed at the Baxter Theater on the campus of the University of Capetown in South Africa. The story, set in rural Africa, depicts a young man Duduzi, who falls in love and plans to marry the young maiden Tembu. Duduzi's The supernatural is composed of both positive and negative forces. Western Christianity does not teach this concept, but it is a concept found in traditional black pentecostal churches. Although, these black churches in the west can at times vacillate because of an unease with what is considered not of God. The ATR in Ipi Ntombi is comprised of spirit and culture. It is this religion that reveals the identity of the people. One shouldn't be offended or ashamed of one's identity.
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IPI NTOMBI the amazing South African musical, full-length ! Here it is for fair use. No copyright infringement intended. A co-production of Clive Morris Prod......

Ipi Ntombi - (1) Green Wood School- choreographed by Vivien Odidika - DIVACH CONCEPT

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"Ipi Ntombi tells the story of a miner who returns to his village to marry, but is temporarily thwarted by the cultural and religious clashes between city and village life. The story is nearly buried within the production. The performance is exhilarating, but because of its length and intensity will appeal most to viewers in high school and above. The video could be useful in high school dance, music, and world culture classes, and would complement Alan Paton's novel, Cry, the Beloved Country"

IPI NTOMBI - Cape Town 1997

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This PBS special documents the musical dance celebration of Ipi Ntombi -- a part of the black South African culture that was first performed in 1974. The video shows a live performance with a cast of 50 talented dancers and singers. The story begins in a small South African village during a cultural tribal dance filled with colorful costumes. It is a love story between a village girl and a young man leaving to work in the mines. As the young man travels, the tribal ceremony morphs with cultural changes. The ceremony changes to break dancing, then to South African rock & roll, then to gospel. The young man becomes torn between his village roots and the temptations of city life. This performance is a personification of the conflicts between the old and modern worlds. It concludes with the symbolic marriage of the couple to join the two worlds together in cultural harmony. ~ Beth Deki, Rovi