Lebo Mathosa’s luke warm musical tribute
A couple of months ago the veteran actor and director Sello Maake Ka-Ncube told the media that he is working on a musical tribute musical to honor the life of the late local legendary singer Lebo Mathosa, “It’s actually inspired by Mama Mia and We Will Rock You [Queen], and how their music is kept alive by turning them into stage musicals” he said. Basically the play is about the chronicles of Lebo’s life from her teenage years through to her coming into prominence as part of the ensemble, Boom Shaka, culminating in her solo career and her untimely death.
Rami Chuene was the narrator and even though she tried hard to be spontaneous and entertaining, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that she didn’t properly rehearse as she kept on forgetting some of her lines. The first part of the show was mind blowing as the girls were showing off some cool dance moves on stage, the choreography was outstanding but after a while it all became monotonous as it lacked strong content. TV personality and socialite Masechaba Lekalake wrote on Facebook “I attended the premier of Drama Queen with Theo Nhlengethwa at the State Theatre last night. Sindi Nene and Khanyi Mbau gave OUTSTANDING performances! From a content perspective however, I was extremely disappointed by the lack of RESEARCH. The format was weak; and Sello Maake trivialised Lebo Mathosa’s legacy. Her life was greatly misrepresented! Totally disrespectful to Lebo and the people with whom she shared her life”.