Angola: Camp 13
Director: Sello Amos Maseko
Written By: Sello Amos Maseko
Choreographer: Tsogo Jacqueline Tshephe
Music Composed By: Cromwell Modise Modungwa
Company: The South African State Theatre
Set Design: Lungile Cindi
Lighting Designer: Mbongeni Mabila
Sound Engineer: Bonginkosi Jiyani
Costume Designer: Lesego Montwedi
Production Manager: Patience Montwedi
Stage Manager: Sibusiso Khwinana
Lighting: Felicia Seretlo
Cast: Soiso Ndaba, Kabelo Moremedi, Eic Vilakazi, Thulani Ramogototoane, Kabelo Tshimakwane
Vocalists / dancers: Phethiwe Sibanyoni, Tiisetso Qilane, Nompumelelo Bucwa, Maveraine Amos, Lesego Montwedi, Tiisetso Qungale
Vocalist / trumpet: Alfred Baloyi
Percussionist: Cromwell Modise Modungwa
Lead Guitar: Khensani Moshabi Mdaka
Bass Guitar: Gopolang Levy Modungwa
Saxophone: Nkosinathi Jabulani Nkosi
It is important for our people to come and see what we did to each other, what our revolutionary movement did to all of us … those in special positions [now]. Our people should know what these people did to other people. — Playwright Sello Maseko
Angola/Camp 13 is a musical extravaganza about the generation of patriots who left everything behind and went to pursue the liberation struggle in Africa. It is a historically significant play that deals with sins of the past, plumbing the dark depths of human rights abuses that took place in the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) camps around Africa and the abuse of power by the party’s leaders and military commanders during its exile years. Written by Sello Maseko, Angola/ Camp 13, is a brave and unflinching look at one of the ANC’s darkest periods.
This spectacular production is presented with revolutionary music and extraordinary dance choreography. It is an action-parked thriller of our times, celebrating and honouring South Africa’s fallen struggle heroes who are not found in the pages of our history books.
Sello Maseko was a child of the liberation – his mother was a member of the ANC’s Amandla Cultural Ensemble that took the message of liberation to the world through song and dance during the exile years. His uncle, Vuyisile Maseko, was among the mutineers who were tortured and killed at the ANC’s notorious Quatro detention centre in Angola in the 1980s.