Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa.
Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains.
In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form … Unrivalled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa’s rich and complex culture.
It’s not far off to describe Stimela: “The Gumboot Musical” as a South African version of Tap Dogs, Stomp or even Lord of the Dance. The “gumboots” of the title refers to the boots that South African mineworkers used to wear. Often adorned with bottle tops, they could also be used as percussive instruments as the workers performed a variety of dances.
Although some of the songs are traditional, most of the material in Stimela: “The Gumboot Musical” was written by Thapelo Motloung, the show’s director, and Mario Nqabeni, and should appeal to fans of South African pop along the lines of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Lion King. But while the songs are exciting enough, the whole point of Stimela is to let the dancers fiercely strut their stuff – and these boots are made for stomping.
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