Junior Mthombeni is a theatre-maker, actor and musician. In recent years he has made a name for himself, first as the artistic head of the SinCollectief, with whom he created Troost (with the NoMoBS hip hop collective), Rumble in da Jungle and Reizen Jihad. Later as one of the three members of the collective Jr.cE.sA.r, with Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens. Together they created the highly praised productions Malcolm X and Drarrie in de nacht.
His work as a director presents a theatrical interpretation of burning topical issues (e.g. Syria fighters), but equally examines the contemporary significance of inspiring people, movements and events from the recent past. Working with a multi-ethnic cast, Mthombeni captures the metropolitan setting in a form of contemporary music theatre that is influenced by urban arts and musical traditions from every continent.
He himself also appeared on stage as a musician, singer and actor from a very early age. He has worked with, among others, Tone Brulin at the KNS and Alida Neslo at De Nieuwe Amsterdam, and for many years appeared with such bands as Afrobeat Association, El Tattoo Del Tigre, the African Jazz Pioneers and the Internationals.
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