Catch award-winning comedian Daryl William’s show ‘Too Coloured’ in Durban

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Daryl Williams.

DURBAN comedian Daryl Williams will stage his debut one-man show, Too Coloured?, at the Bat Centre in Durban’s small-craft harbour at 8 pm on November 3 and November 4, and at 3 pm on November 5. Continue reading

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Join Heels over Head for some free concerts this women’s month

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Heels Over Head (from (left) Thulile Zama, Rebekah Doty and Taryn Kasaval. PHOTO: Simanga Zondo

DURBAN-based jazz band, Heels over Head, is celebrating Women’s Month with a series of free concerts in the city.

Fans will be able to catch them at 5 pm on Friday, August 11 at the Playhouse Company, 29 Acutt Street, 5 pm at the Rainbow Restaurant on Saturday, August 12, at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown and at 3 pm on Sunday, August 13 at the BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place. Continue reading

Feast of offerings from around the world at Poetry Africa 2016

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Don Mattera will be taking part in the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban.

A FEAST of poetic offerings from Africa and the world will be showcased at this year’s 20th Poetry Africa International Festival, which runs from October 10 to 15.

Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s College of Humanities, this year’s festival will pay tribute to the 200th anniversary of the conception of the Zulu kingdom. Continue reading

New group exhibition at the BAT Centre in Durban

The Menzi Mchunu Gallery at the BAT Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour is hosting the Umhlabelo exhibition from Tuesday, June 30 at 6 pm.

This exhibition comprises the work of five Durban-based visual artists – Major Ndlovu, Andile Maphumulo, Khulekani Mkhize, Nhlakanipho Mkhize and Mthobisi Maphumulo – who are members of the group Amasosha (a Zulu word that means soldiers, people who have patience and courage).

The aim of this group is to shape each other in terms of ideas, share skills in the construction of their work and to make art that can have a dialog with the audience of different cultures.

The title of the exhibition Umhlabelo is a Zulu word with two meanings – it is a Zulu medicine that you drink to fix a broken bone and also can be described as a sacrifice. In South Africa we are in a time where we are fixing the residues of our colonial past and through that process of fixing, there are so many sacrifices and offerings to make.

“The works you will see in this exhibition are a reflection of our communities today and role played by the past to shape our reactions on things and our presentation in our society,” says Fortune Bengu, spokesman for the gallery.

Mthobisi Maphumulo was born in 1988 September 9 at IMfume (southcost). He said: “When I was at school I wanted to study art but I was encouraged to study electrical engineering. I dropped out after two years to pursue my passion for art.”

His work takes a critical look at the social construction of our communities. He is also interested in unpacking inhumane processes involved in the construction and socialisation of human stratification from lower class to the upper class. Through his work, he also revisits the colonial history as a point of reference in order to challenge the residue of the colonial past because he feels it still infringes majorly in our present life.

Umhlabelo runs until July 31. The Menzi Mchunu Gallery is open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. Entrance is free.

A work by Mthobisi Mkhize.

A work by Mthobisi Mkhize.

Mthobisi Maphumulo's ' Voices of my people' .

Mthobisi Maphumulo’s ‘ Voices of my people’ .

This work by Khulekani Mkhize will be on show at the BAT Centre.

This work by Khulekani Mkhize will be on show at the BAT Centre.