South African actress, singer and playwright Thembi Mtshali-Jones is in line to be honoured with a Living Legend Award at the 2019 National Theatre Festival, taking place in North Carolina, America from the July 29th to August the 3rd.
This historic event which is universally recognised illuminates the powerful theatrical spirit and extraordinary talent of performers, designers, directors, producers and technicians from across the country and abroad.
MamThembi has lent her talent to South African screens for over 30 years and currently plays the role of MaNdlovu, who is the matriarch of the Bhengu clan on ETV’s late-night daily drama IMBEWU. The drama, which airs Mondays – Fridays at 9h30 has managed to gain a solid viewership of over 3.5 million since it was launched in April 2018.
“I feel very humbled to be asked to return to the national black festival in North Carolina and to be receiving a living legend award. This came as a wonderful surprise as I always give my all to the roles I’ve played.” She said. “I feel very honoured and so excited to be recognised abroad and not only at home. I have presented my work at that festival for many years and to be finally getting recognition while I’m still alive is a huge privilege. This comes as a pre 70th birthday present.
During her stay in Carolina, Mam Thembi will experience electrifying performances, riveting films and insightful spoken word poetry that speaks to the beauty and depth of African American artistic endeavours.
The star-studded Opening Night Gala will get underway with a vibrant parade of powerful African drummers and dancers followed by a grand and royal procession of more than 40 celebrities celebrating stage, television and film productions.