Junior Mthombeni (° Mechelen, 1972) is a theatre-maker, actor and musician. In recent years he has made a name for himself as the artistic head of the SinCollectief, with whom he created such highly praised productions as Troost (with the NoMoBS hip hop collective), Rumble in da Jungle and Reizen Jihad. 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 multiethnic 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.
When you were a child, what did you want to become?
What was your most unforgettable experience on stage?
Performance with the ‘Internationals’ in Alex S.A. with the African Jazz Pioneers.
Who would be a hero to you now?
I do not believe in heroism. My heroes are my family, friends, people with whom I work. The people who influence me.
What does it mean to you to perform in Malcolm X at the KVS?
Hope, strength and transformation.