Cirque Mother Africa comes to town
NO MATTER what Theresa Muteta was doing when she was growing up, music and singing was involved.
Her passion for music has pushed the 25-year-old to follow her dream to become a performer and music educator, but even now she has to pinch herself.
Theresa will visit the region with Cirque Mother Africa next month.
Theresa was born in the ancient city of Masvingo, which is the oldest city in Zimbabwe.
She always knew her future was in music.
"It's something that I was born with," she said.
However, Theresa thought she would be teaching not performing all over the world.
"It's a dream come true," she said.
Growing up if Theresa saw an instrument she had to play with it. And when it came to school, she always received an A for music.
She said her parents had always hoped she study law or medicine, but that wasn't to be.
"As I became older, they understood this was where my heart lay, this is my passion," she said.
Cirque Mother Africa is a vibrant, high-energy production and has been described as a circus of the senses that offers the audience an insight into new Africa's festive traditions.
Six countries are represented in Cirque Mother Africa on this Australian tour.
"We're singing, (there's) live music, dance, acrobatic acts and some traditional instruments also come into the show," Theresa said.
"It's defining Africa in an artistic way."
Theresa has been touring with the cast since 2011 as a dancer and singer.
Prior to that she was the director of the music department at the Ruzawi School in Zimbabwe.
During school holidays, she would travel to Sweden, Norway and The Netherlands to conduct choir workshops.
The talented young performer has also started a children's program called Let The Children Play, offering a platform to sing and play in a band.
Cirque Mother Africa will perform on Friday, August 8, at the Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore. Book on 1300 066 772 or lismorecityhall.com.au.