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Blessing Ngobeni | Study Song of Chicotte

Four years later, Ngobeni has revisited that powerful series and reproduced the artworks from that seminal show in the medium of print. The linocuts offer a graphic reinterpretation of Ngobeni’s large, bold, and complex collages on canvas – rendering the familiar images in softer tones of blues, purples and greys. The linocuts offer an intimate conversation with the artist, a quiet moment to reflect on his past statements, future ambitions and immediate realities.

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Dada Khanyisa – Good Feelings

“I took a lead from people just telling me what they see in the works. It made me comfortable in not just sticking to one narrative or pushing what I wanted them to see. I’m not precious about how people interpret the work so that’s why I’m shuffling the characters, seeing how they communicate next to each other and what narratives can be born from that.

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Revolutionary comedy Vuka Machel @ The Market Theatre

Vuka Machel is a revolutionary comedy told by two chicken thieves from Kanyamazane, just outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. Through the eyes of this infamous pair, the audience is taken on a journey in which Samora Machel wakes from the dead to find his wife married to Mandela and Mozambique suffering. He challenges Mandela to all sorts of fights.

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The Lion and the Lamb Musical

Multi award winning director, James Ngcobo, will, for the first time, direct John Kani in his role as the main narrator in what promises to be an exhilarating reimagined production. Jazz and gospel powerhouse, Nokukhanya Dlamini, who was part of the original production comes back in her role as lead singer.

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The Daddies of Sugar

A challenge that was set to others has now been taken by the challenge-maker himself. There has been a male director, directing males, there has been a female director, directing four females, and now in 2019, one male director directs one female actor in ‘The Daddies of Sugar’ performed by Thuto Gaasenwe from 10 – 14 December 2019 at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre.

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Mandisi Dyanty is back eRhawutini

Mandisi Dyantyis is a South African trumpeter and vocalist who has recently released his debut album entitled Somandla, nominated for a SAMA for best Jazz Album of 2019. He was also recently nominated for the Mzantsi Jazz Awards and The African Music Awards (AFRIMA) in the ‘Best Jazz Artist’ category.

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Poetic Thursday

This month’s show will feature Wandile Anele Rusi, (known as WAR), an award winning Poet specializing in recording and performance poetry who is also a published Playwright and Theatre creative. War has recorded 2 studio albums, featuring poems on soulful beats and Afrocentric gems, some of them featuring vocalists, the albums are Words of WAR (2015) and Raw Material (2018).

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