AFTER a six-year absence from the stage, Bonkinkosi Shangase’s hit musical Maluju Zulu returned last week, with a cause.
Not only did some schools and the public get to enjoy a four-day run of the piece at the Stable Theatre last week, but the staging also marked the beginning of the musical’s tour of the province’s rural areas to promote non-violence in communities, and oppose faction fighting in particular.
Maluju Zulu traces faction fighting between clans from when the British demarcated tribal land between the clans, which led to tension between the tribes as some felt the land was unfairly distributed.
In the story a maiden and a young warrior, both from warring clans, fall in love. But their union is forbidden and the young man is killed by the girl’s tribe.
This sparks what seems to be a never ending war between the two clans as each generation vows to avenge the wrongs against previous generations in their clan.