The Legend of Hamba – review

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:48 PM | Review by: Ronke Lawal | Afridiziak Star Rating:
The Legend of Hamba by Tiata Fahodzi The Legend of Hamba by Tiata Fahodzi

I’m not sure what I was expecting from “The Legend of Hamba” but it certainly wasn’t what I saw at the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival.

The Legend of Hamba makes us think, it makes us react, it makes us want to know more.


An energetic, colourful and noisy production which deals with three of the major life phases of man; conquest, excess and judgement, “The Legend of Hamba” follows Hamba through each of these stages. It is not for the faint-hearted, in fact it is not a production created for entertainment purposes alone. “The Legend of Hamba” makes us think, it makes us react, it makes us want to know more. It wasn’t always comfortable to watch, at times I was wondering what exactly was happening, it was weird and yet with all of its weirdness there were moments when it was wonderful.


When the lessons of Hamba’s journey all came together to make us reflect on our own journey through life, well that was wonderful. When the music and movement from the performers made the crowd react with them that was wonderful! But there were moments when this contemporary outdoor play all got too much, there seemed to be a fictitious African language used at times, mixed with real African dialects including Shona & Ndebele (of Zimbabwe). This blend of languages was bizarre and at times confusing, but I suppose poetic license allows for this.


The Legend of Hamba by Tiata Fahodzi The Legend of Hamba by Tiata Fahodzi

The Legend of Hamba is an experience, perfect for the outdoors and a great way to spend part of a sunny afternoon.


This play is an experience, perfect for the outdoors and a great way to spend part of a sunny afternoon. Yes it’s weird and at times confusing but isn’t that what life’s journey is? Hamba just happens to make a lot of noise whilst going through it! I would definitely encourage people to go along and experience “The Legend of Hamba” for themselves.



Info: Catch the Legend of Hamba on tour this summer. More info




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