Heartbeat of Africa

cirque mother africa
cirque mother africa

SILETHEMBA Magonya has been dazzling the stage with her strong voice in the show Cirque Mother Africa since 2006.

It's a professional singing job she hopes will last many more years.

"When I was in high school I was always in a drama group and I think that is where all the talent came from," Magonya said.

"After I finished school, I decided to do this professionally and I joined a singing group which is famous in Zimbabwe.

"When Mother Africa came, I auditioned and I was chosen for a spot. I've been with the show ever since."

After a sell-out season on Broadway, Cirque Mother Africa returns to Australia after four years with new acts, new music and traditional costumes which highlight African cultures including those from Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Benin, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Guinea and South Africa.

The show includes dancers, singers and acrobats who perform juggling, contortions, high-wire feats and many more acts.

Magonya said audiences will be on the edge of their seats when they see acrobatic teams with dancers and singers.

"It's alive, energetic and there is so much life in the show.

"The live music and vocals from Africa. So much links to our African heritage."

The show is the brainchild of former street performer Winston Ruddle, who founded an artist academy in Tanzania .

The show is coming to western Sydney locations.