Enjoy some crazy comedy at the Golden Horse Casino in ‘Maritzburg

Khanyisa_Bunu_05THREE of the funniest men and women in comedy are heading to Pietermaritzburg to perform in Crazy Funny! at the Golden Horse Casino at 8 pm on Saturday, October 14.

Hosted by the casino and On Fire Entertainment!, the line-up includes Khanyisa Bunu (pictured), who opened for Trevor Noah on his most recent South African tour, and Durban comedy stalwarts, Masood Boomgaard and Neil Green. Continue reading

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Party with the boys, Vegas-style!

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Rowan Bartlett, Darren King and Bryan Hiles.

IF you want a guaranteed evening of gre4at entertainment, then get yourself down to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban for Tie A Knot In It – (Vegas Baby!)writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Starring three of Durban’s best known actors, Rowan Bartlett, Darren King and Bryan Hiles, the show is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the many singers who have performed in Las Vegas over the years. Continue reading

Baroque 2000 celebrate 20 years of making music in KZN

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Baroque 2000.

BAROQUE 2000 is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a concert in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College at 7.30 pm on Saturday, October 7, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

The Baroque 2000 in their 20th Year concert is part of a new Spring Festival, hosted by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, which runs at different venues in the city from Friday, October 6 to Friday, October 13. Continue reading

Fabulous new festival to celebrate 20 years of Music Revival in ‘Maritzburg

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Christopher Duigan.

FOR the past 20 years Music Revival has been bringing the best classical performers to Pietermaritzburg – and to celebrate this special anniversary its founder, pianist, Christopher Duigan, is hosting a special Spring Festival in the city., writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Running from Friday, October 6 to Friday, October 13 at different venues, the festival represents a flavour of all he has tried to achieve with his concert series over the past two decades. Continue reading

Cool tunes from Durban and The Netherlands at Centre for Jazz

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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 Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

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

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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

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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.