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Ndebele Funeral

Overall Excellence Award for Best Play -FringeNYC  

Critic's Pick- Time Out NY


Ndebele Funeral examines the world of modern South Africa through the aspirations and loss of three characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shantytown. Poignant and darkly funny, Ndebele Funeral features original music from Spirits Indigenous, and gumboot dancing from the mines in Jo'burg. Critic's Pick- Time Out NY. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Play.


Brought to you by Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative.

Written by Zoey Martinson

Directed by Awoye Timpo

featuring Yusef Miller, Jonathan David Martin, Zoey Martinson


“The play is so well written that each action of each character can both be supported as well as protested”- 

Tuelo & Her Cousins

MUSIC: World Music - Afro-Pop


Tuelo & Her Cousins- Experience soulful South African rock and blues as channeled through this Brooklyn seven piece band. A joyful live show that rivals the richness of their crafted lyrical gems.


TUELO MINAH is Tswana from South Africa. Since moving to New York City several years ago, she has sang backup for Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Lebo M (Lion King composer) and Angelique Kidjo. As a member of Angelique's band, she can be heard on two of her most recent albums: Djin Djin and OYO. Tuelo has performed at Central Park Summer stage, Carnegie Hall, Late Night with David Letterman, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many other famed institutions in and around the city. As a soloist she has performed with renowned Ethel String Quartet, the South African All Stars, and Juxtapower South African Song and Dance.


Though she writes and sings primarily in English, Tuelo often breaks into her native tongue, Setswana - blending African melodies with American soul in a way that puts her unique and powerful voice on prominent display.



DANCE: Folk/Traditional


Got Zulu! - One of many works by Juxtapower, which celebrates South African history and culture through traditional dance and song.


GOT ZULU! Premiered at New Dance Amsterdam. One of many works by JUXTAPOWER, a New York based South African dance company.  Their  mission is to keep a dialogue open on the country’s history, politics and people  within the minds of the global community. JUXTAPOWER was established by Sduduzo Ka-Mbili in early 2000 in New York City. It was an idea born due to the lack of cultural and theatrical exchange between the United States and South Africa.


"Full of plugs and charms," - New York Times


"Thundering Drums and hyper-kinetic dancing,"- Rolling Stone Magazine

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