Cool tunes from Durban and The Netherlands at Centre for Jazz


Peter Beets

THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban will be hosting the Peter Beets Trio, from The Netherlands, at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 27.

Alexander and Peter Beets, together with their friend, Gijs Dijkhuizen, are currently on a tour of South Africa. The band is at the forefront of jazz music in Holland.

Peter, an acclaimed musician with an international reputation, undertook no fewer than 26 international tours in 2016. He has toured Europe extensively, as well as the United States and Japan.

The brothers performed together as The Beets Brothers, releasing their debut album in 1990. Two more followed and over the years they have built up an enormous body of work, many in collaboration with other artists.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is on level two of the Shepstone Building at UKZN. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).

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Beam Brothers

The Beam Brothers, will be performing at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 26.

Established over 60 years ago in Mpumalanga, Hammersdale, the band’s sound could be easily mistaken for Gospel music. The Durban-based foursome uses their music to reflect on the ins and outs of day-to-day life.

Vocalists, Malusi G Gwala, Sam Mqina, Michael Mkhize and Nkosinathi Lucky Gama, will be backed by Mthobisi Mthalane (piano), Mandla Mgabhi (percussion), Mandla Zikalalala (bass) and Philani Atlas Duma (drums).

Doors open at 5.30 pm and tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).
For more information on these concerts contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email


Mbongeni Ngema’s ‘Asinamali’ to be screened in Johannesburg

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Asinamali, the film based on Mbongeni Ngema’s multi-award-winning musical, will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank Johannesburg, from Friday, September 22 to Thursday, September 28.

This will ensure the film is eligible for submission for the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy stipulates that a film must play theatrically for seven consecutive days to qualify for entry. Continue reading

Fabulous theatre, dance and music at the Cape Town Fringe Festival


The Woman With A Baby On Her Back.

After months of rehearsing, building stages, scenes, podiums and props, the runway has been prepared and the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival has landed.

From 21 September to 8 October, thirteen Cape Town venues will host over one hundred productions, leaving audiences across the Mother City spoiled for choice (see which shows are first on the line-up below). Continue reading

Looking beyond the headlines at the Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival


Running until September 23, this year’s Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival will be hosted at the newly established Drama for Life Creative Research Hub in the heart of Braamfontein, at the iconic Wits University Corner Building.

Under the theme of The Body Politic: Beyond Headlines, Heartlines and Hashtags, the festival aims to challenge the symbolic interaction of ideology, value systems and principles embedded in tradition, education and popular culture.

It will do this through a series of theatre performances, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, and conversations. Mental wellness, sexual identity and the complexities self, will also be addressed.

The curator of the festival, Caryn Green says that “this year, the festival and conversations hope to confront that which is feared, to understand it, and to respect that the overall health of the collective is a responsibility to be shared equally among citizens.”

The programme will showcase performances by the Drama for Life Theatre Company, Siphumeze Khundayi and Bongile Lecoge-Zulu, Drama for Life Playback Theatre, and the Hillbrow Theatre Project.

There will also be experiential workshops with drama therapists, applied drama facilitators, and public health practitioners, across topics of trauma and art therapy, LGBTI and spirituality, the psychology of violence, and  gender identity and sexual health.

Other highlights include Tswalo directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and performed by Billy Edward, a keynote address by Zimitri Erasmus; Lover + Another poetry; a curated experience of the exhibition ‘Is That Okay?’; and a site specific performance of Afriqueer.

“Engaging with the enormous challenges of change in contemporary contexts; our work questions what it means to be human; how we can learn to be resilient, without compromising our humanity; and, in so doing, how we can effectively use the arts to bring about meaningful, sustainable social transformation and healing,” says Drama for Life director Warren Nebe.

The Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival is a cross-community arts education, activist and therapeutic intervention.

Responding to contemporary social contexts, it interrogates the complexities of sex, sexuality, relationships, culture, gender and sexual reproductive health; within a human rights and social justice discourse.



Durban’s theatre community to celebrate the life and career of Themi Venturas

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Themi Venturas

THE KwaZulu-Natal theatre community will be coming together on Tuesday, September 26 to celebrate the life and career of stalwart, Themi Venturas, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer two weeks ago.

Curtain Up will take place in the Playhouse Opera Theatre from 6 pm. The celebration will include performances, memories and tributes celebrating his life, featuring many of his colleagues and friends. Continue reading

Are you are pianist? Then why not try out for a spot in the KZN leg of Á Handful of Keys’


Roelof Colyn (right) and newcomer James Smith will be performing in A Handful of Keys’ in Durban this November.

SOUTH Africa’s iconic piano show, A Handful of Keys, is coming to Durban and the producers are on the lookout for a new pianist to feature in the line-up.

As the show tours, they will be sourcing pianists in each region to guest star with Roelof Colyn and newcomer, James Smith – and they want you to join them in Durban this November. Continue reading

Drama for Life project, AfriQueer, to tour Africa and Europe

Drama for Life is taking its site-specific performance project AfriQueer, created by the Drama for Life AFRICA Project, written by Tlotlego Gaogakwe and directed by Warren Nebe, on tour.

The acclaimed project, which celebrates LGBTIQ human rights and is based on an ancient creation myth of how the stars were made, will initially tour South Africa, before heading to The Netherlands, Ghana and Mozambique. Continue reading