7pm doors, 8pm show
Their name means “new AFRICA” in Zulu.
Africa Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella five-piece who reached a global audience last year performing at the World Cup opening ceremony, are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance, making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s doo-wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.
When they perform a gumboots dance, it is minus the boots – these gents are all kitted out in sober grey suits and crisp white shirts.
At the very heart of their shows are zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit. From the moment Africa Entsha take the stage they completely captivating and by the end of the show the audiences are left elevated and often deeply moved.
All the way from South Africa, this five-piece a cappella group exude such joy that it’s impossible not to get swept up in their energy. ★★★★ (In Daily, Adelaide Fringe)