Tschuku Tschuku


Republic of Namibia

Tschuku Tschuku, a band featured around the performer Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, is dedicated to a repertoire which combines afro-beat, jazz and shambo. Like lead singer Mushaandja, who created a Collective Listening evening for last year's festival, Tschuku Tschuku sees music as a room for possible new connections. Sound represents a bridge to renewal, healing and the future – but also to the past of an Africa without frontiers continually renewing itself both at home and abroad. The title of the performance project «Zilin» refers to an experimental voice technique from Benin, which not only plays an important role in voodoo rituals but is also applied by African musicians such as Angélique Kidjo.

«Zilin» can be understood as a restitution act. With performances taking place in Namibia and South Africa before the project starts its tour throughout Europe, it offers African youth the opportunity to rediscover sounds which have been stored away in colonial archives for far too long. The ensemble has uncovered material from various collections and archives, using it as a starting point to offer new interpretations and approaches with a wide spectrum of sounds. (zts)

Artistic direction and cast

Komposition & Leadgesang Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja 
Gitarre Sam Batola,
 Eric Hunziker
Bass & Keys Raymond Mapfumira 
Perkussion Chris Eiseb, Andi Pupato 
Kostüm Hafeni Frans
Aufnahmen Professor Minette Mans’ ethnomusikologische Sammlung, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, International Library of African Music an der Rhodes University
FotoZTS/Kira Barlach


ProduktionTschuku Tschuku
KoproduktionZürcher Theater Spektakel

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Concert-performance, sound restitution



1 hr.


Oshiwambo, KiSwahili, English, Shona, Lingala

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair

Safety Concept

For this event, there is no obligation to wear masks and no COVID certificate is needed. See here for more information about your visit to the Theater Spektakel

Open-air performance

In case of adverse weather, the performance will be cancelled. Information on potential cancellation on theaterspektakel.ch and Facebook no later than 2 hours before the start of performance


shows from today
  • Tu 24.08. 21:00 - 22:00
    show postponed
    CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • We 25.08. 21:00 - 22:00 CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Th 26.08. 21:00 - 22:00 CHF 25.–/15.– 
  • Fr 27.08. 21:30 - 22:30 CHF 25.–/15.–