When tourists from all corners of the globe descend on Edinburgh for the Fringe, the city becomes a hub of the world. There’s no exception in the distances the acts travel to perform their shows. From the from the southern tip of Africa, Yes-Ya-Yebo! bring a troupe of teenage performers who had never flown on a plane before.Once the audience settles, we hear the bellowing voice of a woman singing. Her voice reverberates, welcoming us into into the space.
The troupe fills the stage with a boundless energy, dancing to an upbeat tune of elation. What follows are a series of dances, vocal duets, and some seamlessly presented information on the country they call home, South Africa. The show ended up delivering much more than I could have never imagined. The talent was infinitely prevalent in every single cast member. They each brought a charisma that elevated the show to make it memorable. There was humour, cheekiness and a whole lot of entertainment. There was never a dull moment.
The audience is brought on a passage through the various dialects, sounds and dances of South Africa. With a personal touch at the end, some audience members are brought up to their feet to join in on the party. It is obvious no one wants it to end. The show is brought to Edinburgh by The Imibala Trust, the charity runs a programme in which donors can sponsor an individual through school for seventy pounds. The show is a direct product of the potential the charity has to enable these young kids that possess the ability to take the world by storm. This hour was one most definitely well spent.
11:30 @ Laughing Horse at The Counting House – The Ballroom