• Dick or Date?

    What would happen if women used all the platforms they had available to them today, to date as extensively as they wanted to without judgement? How does one find love organically in 2019 when it’s readily available online? These are some of the themes the play explores through the whirlwind that is making the choice whether to just dick or date.

  • In Defence Of The Church

    It is this gospel – however distorted it was by the missionaries or anybody – that is able to convict many a black man or woman in South Africa. Say what you like – millions of blacks in South Africa will not stop taking Christ seriously! No amount of clever blackness will stop the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Fela In Mzansi

    Award-winning Writer and Director of the musical, Bolanle Austen Peters works with prolific choreographers, Paolo Sisiano and Justin Ezirim, and revered composer, Kehinde Oretimehin on the production. The character of Fela is projected by both Laitan “Heavywind” Adeniji and Patrick Diabuah who lead the thirty-six members cast, backed by a fifteen-piece band in the ensemble.

  • Amanda Black - Thandwa Ndimn

    “I want ‘Thandwa Ndim’ to bring strength and courage to women who feel that they are trapped in toxic situations,” says Amanda Black of a song that she wrote after seeing a news report of yet another South African woman killed by her partner. “I want these women to understand that they are not alone and that they are truly loved.”

  • SIMPHIWE DANA’s Annual Congregation

    In fact so profound is Simphiwe Dana’s influence that her music has been incorporated into the curriculum at Oxford University, no small feat for even the most established of musician considering that to date Simphiwe has only released 4 studio albums and 2 Live DVD’s.

  • Delights & Wails

    My aunt would always beg her spoilt son to “grace us with his presence” and we’d roll our eyes when he finally came through, beginning our Christmas Lunch tradition long after my aunt had retired. There was often turmoil in the house and her sanity amid the insanity came in the form of rooibos tea, newspapers and gardening.

  • To Vote or Not To Vote

    Don’t they know that abstaining from an election is NOT unconstitutional, illegal or a criminal offence in South AfriKKKa? Do you want to tell me they don’t know that the Bill of Rights of the South AfriKKKan constitution protects the right of every citizen to “free political choices”, which includes the right to “campaign for a political party or cause”?

  • Isandlwana Battle Commemoration

    “This lecture will expose a side not mentioned often. We will not be dwelling on glorifying King Cetswayo’s exploits but demonstrating how ‘unity of purpose’ has achieved what experts would have called impossible, as Africans bared it all and showed preparedness to lay down their lives in defence of their land,” explains Khoza.

  • Waiting for Home

    The air is stale here in the summer
    A wind of mosquitoes overwhelms the stillness,
    We are running from breathing because it bites
    Our blood is heaving at the tips of bite mountains forming on our skins

  • Sister

    You, always the beautiful and hauntingly quiet older sister and I, the brainy and loud mouth younger sister, a tale etched in our sub-conscious by family, neighbours and later re-affirmed by teachers and our peers. Nobody said much about how intelligent you are, everyone’s interest was in making this beauty define the essence of who you are.

  • Sew The Winter To My Skin

    “Spending time in my mother’s hometown of rural Somerset East exposed me to the legend of John Kepe,” says Qubeka. “The epic nature of his capture, the spiritual poetry of his calling, the impending horror of Apartheid and the power of Kepe’s fervent belief in something greater than himself drew me to his intriguing tale.

  • Nina Simone - Four Women

    Nina Simone Four Women written by Christina Ham uses the framework of one of Nina Simone’s most blistering songs “Four Women” to give voice to a group of women who suffered from self-hatred due to the different hues of their skin. These matriarchs of emancipation carry their songs of praise and protest deep within their spirits. These voices of angels unite in a chorus to cast out the demon of segregation.

  • Rich Black, Poor Black: The Precarious Life Of Black People

    It matters not how far you have climbed the social and the economic ladder. If you are black your position there is always fraught with danger. Which is to say you can have the illusion that you are rich but that can change as quickly as Cape Town weather. The soccer stars that we grew up idolizing who seemed like they had made it are eating from the dustbins now.

  • Woza Albert: Ngema & Mtwa

    It’s like battling a tide and trying to win, and believing you can. That the sheer force of will can overcome the natural pull of the gravity and the density of the energy that has already been cast in your direction.

  • Her And Him

    It’s like battling a tide and trying to win, and believing you can. That the sheer force of will can overcome the natural pull of the gravity and the density of the energy that has already been cast in your direction.

  • UZanelanga-The Blues In IsiXhosa

    Ndidibene naye ndimi ndedwa eqongeni.
    Ndandizincina, ndincwina, ndiziva ndimncinane.
    Ndandicula ngoma ithile.
    Kuyo ndandizama ukwehlisa isingqala esasindiqhine umqala, sindikrwitsha rhoqo xa lisihlwa.
    Ndasondeza umboko ndahlabela:

  • On Hating Your Enemy

    The main reason for our horribly falsified consciousness and status of as the eternal captives of whites (and other non-Black groups) - is because we continue to look at the self and the world through the eyes of our race-enemies.

  • Nothing To See Here: Abantu Book Festival For Blacks Only

    It has been called the Moria for woke blacks and Umgidi weencwadi. Sometimes known as an ode to Yizo-Yizo: Abantu: The Return Baba! Or simply an annual weekend to dream ourselves into existence. But alas, a mere three years into the weekend of our dreams, white tears came in like storm surge flooding in an attempt to dampen the glow still radiant on our faces.

  • Postcards: Bodily Preserves

    “The play comes from a space of being trapped in this body of human, woman, and noting all the postcards, letters, notes that life has left, ” explains the creator, Refiloe Lepere. “I wondered how are we trapped in this, or free from, or in a temporal lapse of?

  • Fanon In Maboneng: Makhafula Vilakazi’s Concerning Blacks Plus The Wretched

    Eqhudeni is co-written and directed by Nomfundo Magwaza ka Ziqubu, Ntando Ngcungama and Nokwethemba Ngcobo. Eqhudeni joins a long list of productions that have come from the Festival to have a successful season at the Market Theatre and beyond.

  • Eqhudeni Wins Zwakala

    Eqhudeni is co-written and directed by Nomfundo Magwaza ka Ziqubu, Ntando Ngcungama and Nokwethemba Ngcobo. Eqhudeni joins a long list of productions that have come from the Festival to have a successful season at the Market Theatre and beyond.

  • Woza Nazo: Zwakala 2018

    The ZWAKALA Festival which turns 26 this year continues to incubate, develop and fine-tune, young theatre making talent from across the country, with a specific focus on inspiring emerging voices to use the festival as a stepping stone to their professional careers.

  • Marikana Musical: Cultural Amnesia

    I first encountered the Marikana tragedy in the editing room of the university where I used to teach, a day after the massacre. I had been editing an unrelated film with two senior students, when I entered the editing room to their laughter over a YouTube video of the Marikana policemen shooting at the protesters.

  • A Note From Error

    Whether in paintings, sculptures or videos and performances, the potency of Ngobeni’s artworks resides in a visual approach intersecting politics and aesthetics, most notable in his bold, distorted figures that are twofold in expression. They appear human and animalistic simultaneously they are comic and mockery in character.

  • Imbizo: Phuzekhemisi & The Post-Apartheid South Africa

    The banning of the song was a gesture, an indication that the devices that were used by apartheid institutions to silence certain views would possibly continue post-1994. Beyond the literal meaning of the song Phuzekhemisi did something unprecedented at the time.

  • Concerning Blacks: A Review

    Makhafula Vilakazi is not an actor. He knows exactly who he is talking from. He lets him speak through him for the benefit of our getting to know more of who we are by getting to know this person.

  • Depression & The Black Condition

    The issue of depression has become very much topical lately in South African media (traditional and new), and the unfortunate passing of our Brother and Motswako icon, Jabulani Tsambo aka HHP, just brought the issue of depression into even sharper public focus.

  • Review: Eqhudeni

    In essence man owes his belonging to being able to provide, and when the chief fines Ndlovu all his prized cattle, his family becomes a laughing stock and is forced to beg and borrow their way out of sticky household situations.

  • Review: Ibala

    We all have been hurt, betrayed and humiliated by those we thought love us. We have suffered heartache, felt a sense of loss and went as far as burying ourselves in destructive behaviour as a result of this hurt and betrayal. Sometimes we let these feelings consume us so deep that we lose sight of what we can further experience, when we make ourselves vulnerable once again.

  • Zwakala Delight

    Four stage productions sourced from the country’s leading emerging theatre makers were recently short-listed and work-shopped ahead of the 26th edition of the much loved theatre development festival, Zwakala Festival.

  • The Nyaope Of Whiteness

    I have never come across a phenomenon that is as all-consuming, behemothic and pulverising as whiteness. Whiteness doesn't just reduce Black people to hallow entities that epitomise dizziness, emptiness, absence, invisibility and nothingness.

  • Zwakala’s Big Four Ready To Rumble

    Excitement coupled with nerves and intensity ahead of the 26th edition of South Africa’s biggest community theatre showcase, Zwakala Festival was perceptible for the cast and crew of the four short-listed stage productions as each team got down and dirty preparing for the big day of the festival.

  • Culture Review Interview

    His resentment for the status quo for blacks is a constant state of mind, a daily preoccupation which has thrust the African back onto the stage after five years since his last solo show.

  • A Spectacular Yellow

    Zoë was born Palesa Nomthandazo Phumelele Modiga in Overport, Durban and raised in Pietermaritzburg. The music bug hit her very early in her life, she enrolled at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, studying Classical Piano, clarinet and vocals. She later studied Jazz Vocals at the South Africa College of Music at UCT.

  • Culture Review Interview

    1. Is there an end goal? When Magnum Opus looks back at the work they've done, perhaps 40 years from now... What would they have hoped to achieve, is there a scenario where they're satisfied?

  • Delicious A-Z

    F is for Food Market – The Delicious Mile is a professionally curated gourmet street food market which is the best of its kind in South Africa. Joining the Delicious Mile is Coke Food Fest with 15 hardworking and celebrated traders who share the stage with our food track favourites. You can also find the Proudly South African Village and 10 of Gauteng’s best brought to you by Gauteng Tourism Authority.

  • Uwile Umth’omkhulu

    The great tree has fallen. She has transcended
    to the world of the living-dead. The dams and
    waters have run dry.

  • New Additions To DStv Delicious Festival

    Rising youthful voice, Amanda Black will join a league of leading women on the Womandla set, on Saturday, 22nd September. She will be part of a festive celebration of the power of women in music and heritage alongside the ever elegant singer-songwriter, Lira whilst the cultural force of song, Simphiwe Dana will lend her magic to the main stage as well.

  • 167 Reasons Why Not Mandela Day

    1. In Berlin 1884 we were land tenure stripped
    2. Before we were killed
    3. Dispossesed
    4. ’94, Adorn like monkey in Armani
    5. Polished,

  • Q&A with Nozipho Zulu: ZuluGal Retro

    ZuluGal Retro has grown exponentially since being mentored through the Amaphiko programme. I have been able to grow the ZuluGal Retro brand by firstly establishing my company identity, with the assistance of the network I have access to and the help I received to design my company logo and create a company profile.

  • Proudly HOTEP

    The Grand Master Builder, the Master Mason known as the 'Opener of Stone' and the 'God of Medicine', the Chancellor of the King of Lower Kemet, First after the King, Chief of the King, Chief Physician, Vizier of Great Pharoah, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High Priest of the Shrine, the Builder, the Sculptor, the Maker of Stone Vases, Voice of God, Architect of the Cosmos.

  • Diego Garcia: A Story Of Untold Black Erasure

    “To be black and beautiful means nothing in this world unless we are black and powerful.”

  • Love & Revolution

    I had a conversation with my best friend Khanyisile (who is studying towards her PHD in clinical science and immunology by the way, I must mention this because black womxn stay inspiring at this life thing) about what could inform a complete re-creation of black communities.

  • The Contested Renaming Of The South African Airports

    The National Party through its own interpretation of the concept of the four nations thesis, segmented it into ethnic groups and employed it for its own racialised agenda – separate development and the establishment of ‘homelands/Bantustans’.

  • A Fallist Reviews, The Fall

    Under dimmed lights the play starts off with the actors, costumed in typical student fashion, singing some of the fallist songs. It immediately resonatea and the feeling of familiarity and nostalgia engulfs me. In the midst of that, a character played by Cleo Raatus resides a poem.

  • Taxi to Zonke

    The last time I ever found myself trapped inside a people-carrying contraption of the taxi industry was shortly before the launch of the now demonized taxi recapitalisation programme that sought to reduce the number of a washed-out herd of Datsun E20s, the Toyota Super Series and the late 1970s favourites, amakatshibane.

  • Black Excellence = White Approval

    There are Blacks who believe that they have 'arrived' and because of this -they get highly irritated by Blacks who still talk about racism as a factor in Black life.

  • The Fall

    The critically acclaimed play, The Fall, which reflects on the recent University of Cape Town’s #RhodesMustFall movement will be headlining the 10th Annual Youth Expression Festival to commemorate Youth Month this June at State Theatre.

  • I Am Single

    It always seems shocking when you tell people that you’re single. It’s like you’ve just announced that you have a chronic disease. There’s always sadness and a look of pity that you get upon announcing that there is no man in your life.

  • In The Morning, Behold It Was Leah!

    I fear that Blacks may find themselves yet again waking up in the morning after the elections next to whites who have smuggled themselves into bed and in fact married them selves to the Black struggle permanently in order to safeguard white interests.

  • The Liberation Concert

    Music is Africa, it’s the little we have left after colonialism and the freedom that only lives in papers, the one mineral that remains in our spirits is music, the heartbeat of Africans. With that said, I think it’s safe to say that the Liberation Concert, was a liberation indeed of the heart as the theatre was heavy with presence and life.

  • My Hole, My Home - The Review

    On a cold, ferocious and untrusty pavement of inner Johannesburg an unusual friendship exists between Elijah Simama (Mandla Gaduka), a sickly, devout Christian elderly Motswanaman and Silence Mhlongo (Seneliso Dladla), his reluctantly atheist yet unseasoned boisterous Zulu companion.

  • Like A Lion In The Wild, Land Is Our Natural Habitat

    How can we protect ourselves from sickness when we have no control over what we eat and what we drink? They monopolize everything, including seedlings that we need to plant organic fruit and vegetables.

  • Blacks Can’t Be Racist: Moeletsi Mbeki’s Artificial Post-Racial Destination In South Africa

    To date, a high percent of land in South Africa is still owned by the few whites. This is not acceptable and should not be the case. It is the betrayal to all those who died fighting for our liberation. Fanon stated that every generation has its own struggle and must define itself.

  • Australia: Strolen Land

    Owing to the propaganda campaign of anti-Black bodies like Afri-Forum, recently the Australian Minister of Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, publicly declared the Australian government's willingness to fast track the visa applications for white South African farmers.

  • Emakasana

    following untold periods in self-Coventry to the bourgeois quarters of comfortable Johannesburg, I finally plucked up the courage to journey back to emakasana this past weekend for some R ‘n R with kith and kin, and some long-standing associates.

  • LEGENDS LIVE at MTN Bushfire 2018

    The MTN Bushfire, Swaziland, 2018 artist line-up just got that much hotter with the announcement of African mega-starsSalif Keita & Yemi Alade & Ladysmith Black Mambazo as the latest addition to the main-stage for the festival taking place from May 25th – 27th.

  • Uncensored Black Consciousness: The Return

    It is an undeniable fact that we have certainly travelled a milestone since the original concept of Black Consciousness was introduced and written by the late legendary social activist, Steven Bantu Biko, in his piece, I Write What I Like.

  • Mama Veronica Sobukwe Receives Order Of Luthuli: An Honor Too Little, Too Late

    On the 28th April 2018, a day after Freedom Day, 90 years old struggle stalwart and anti-apartheid activist affectionately known as the ‘Mother of Azania’, Mama Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, will be awarded the Order of Luthuli: Silver by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

  • Bedlam in Bedlam

    Bedlam In Bedlam written and performed by Wazi M Kunene, is set to showcase on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the J&B Hive in Braamfontein Johannesburg. The poetry and music showcase features a four piece band (Bass, Drums, Keys, and Lead Guitar).

  • A Celebration of Bra Hugh Masekela

    Joburg Theatre, in collaboration with The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, will usher in Africa Month with a heart-warming celebration of Hugh Masekela’s theatrical music in an exclusive four-performance season on The Mandela stage, from Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th.

  • Koša Ke Nnete

    Black Thought Symposium is a collective of artists, scholars and members of the community who are interested in using aesthetics as a theoretical site for understanding and giving account to the world we live in. The collective is committed to the development of arts and politics in a way that will translate into material change in our society.

  • The True History OF Sharpeville

    Post-1994 South Africa has a theatrical crisis of selective amnesia and partisan re-memberings of history.

  • Deluge In Swarga

    The captivating images, imagery, colours, sound and textures in the opening of Deluge in Swarga set Wazi Kunene apart and certainly compel one to calm down, shut down, listen up and be completely present.

  • Mama Sobukwe: The Mother of Azania

    “My mother is a very private person”. Dinilesizwe (bra Dini) Sobukwe – Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe’s eldest son – restrains our expectations in a sing-song deep-baritone voice that threatens to break into Barry White’s Acapella every time he opens his mouth.

  • Tjovitjo – For Us By Us

    For Azanians, our lives, our experiences and existence is the copyrighted sole property of a settler minority who have appointed themselves narrators of black life. In the arts and academia, this proprietorship is the normalised reality that artists of the land have to contend with in order to collect the crumbs meted out by the free market system.


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