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The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Ballroom: AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed


“Yes-Ya-Yebo!” (“Yes!” in 3 different languages)

The journey began in 2012 when Mervyn Stutter raised funds at a Gala to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his Pick of the Fringe. The beneficiary of these funds was The Imibala Trust. The money raised facilitated an Imibala’s Got Talent show, with participation from at least 10 schools. Winners across four categories were awarded private lessons for a year.

The overall winner was a 13-year-old girl named Asemahle Sentiwe, who won for her hymn song. Over the next decade, Asemahle had two children, completed her education, taught literacy classes at Imibala, and became one of Imibala’s School Liaison Officers for the Sponsor-A-Child uniform program. She is now the sole provider for her mother, sister, and her two children.

In a full circle moment, Asemahle, now 24, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2023 and is set to return in 2024. The funds raised have made this dream a reality.

The Imibala Trust has sponsored nine young performers, all of whom reside in areas supported by Imibala. For most, this will be their first time traveling abroad and flying in a plane!

The show is a celebration of the 12 official languages of South Africa, expressed through song and dance, all imbued with a unique township vibe! From the traditional Gumboot Dance and The Click Song to modern hits like Jerusalema, the audience will gain insights into their lives in the township and their aspirations for the future. The performers are eager to share their energy and the joy of their cultures.

The show, brought to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by The Imibala Trust, received five 5-star reviews in 2023 and coverage from BBC worldwide, UK, and Al-Jazeera.

In 2024, the show returns, bigger and better. If you missed out last year, now is your chance! The cast will be showcasing their vibrant South African culture. The group includes five returning performers and five new dancers and singers. The audience will learn about their lives in the township and their hopes for the future.

The show promises to be an emotional rollercoaster, making you laugh, cry, and irresistibly drawn to join in the dancing. If you love high-energy shows with emotional depth, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Imibala’s goal for the Edinburgh Fringe 2024 is to raise funds to provide Performing Arts courses and qualifications for this extremely talented cast. The excitement in their hearts is palpable!

This "memorable", "dynamic and vibrant" show fills the stage with "charisma" and "boundless energy, dancing to an upbeat tune of elation". These "natural born performers" "talent was infinitely prevalent" and "this hour was one most definitely well spent". An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza celebrating South Africa's 12 official languages. All sprinkled with that unique township vibe. "This is a celebration of something much bigger than just a show and will give you a spring in your step when you leave." www.YesYaYebo.com

Quotes from: ***** EntertainmentNow, ***** BroadwayWorld, **** Mervspotfringe, Winner: MERVYN STUTTER'S SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD, Nominated: The Offies

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

EDINBURGH 2023: Review: YES-YA-YEBO!, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

August 17, 2023   Broadway World

EDINBURGH 2023: Review: YES-YA-YEBO!, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

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