Don’t Miss This: May 15 – 21


  • Africa’s musicians are coming together to celebrate the rich heritage of the continent’s music in a two-night show that forms part of the Africa Month programme. The line-up features acts such as Afro-soul singers Ringo Madlingozi and Lira, who’ll headline the show, and Cape Verde’s Lura. The programme includes a special tribute to legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. It features multitalented Nigerian saxophonist Femi Koya with his eight-piece South African band and special guest, Abena Koomson, who is Ghanaian but based in New York and a member of the Tony award-winning Broadway show Fela! WHEN May 22 and 23. WHERE Joburg Theatre. TIME 8pm. COST R100 to R200. TICKETS Available online at or call 0861?670?670. INFO Visit
  • Comedian Chris Forrest is “a clueless dad” who is on a journey to fatherhood in his latest one-man show, Who’s Your Daddy? From pregnancy right up to when the baby is born, the show is described as a must-see for anyone hoping to become a parent. Who better to share some parenting tips than funnyman Forrest, right? WHEN May 19-31. WHERE Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square. COST R130. TICKETS Bookings at Strictly Tickets; visit

Chris Forrest 

  • The Wits School of Arts presents Detours: Re-routing movement composition that looks back in “reflection” and interrogates the “present and challenges” in the relationship between performer and audience. Other themes explored in the festival include corruption, emasculation through Afro-fusion and mental imprisonment. The programme features work by students and graduates and will run in a form of two programmes. The line-up includes Emma Tollman, Kieron Jina, Themba “Dredz” Mbuli, Sunnyboy Mandla Motau, Nadine Joseph, Daniel Nubian and Ester van der Walt. WHEN Until May 23. WHERE The Wits Downstairs Theatre. COST R45 online and R50 at the door; students and pensioners pay R30 online and R40 at the door. TICKETS Available at INFO Call 011?717?1376/2
  • The Rites and Duties exhibition celebrates South Africa’s “rich artistic heritage” and freedom of artistic expression with a collection of selected artworks from the Nando’s Art Collection, curated by Jeanetta Blignaut. The exhibition features artworks by Maurice Mbikayi, Liza Grobler, Gérard Marx and the mosaic art students from the Spier Art Academy. WHEN Until May?23. WHERE The Old Fort, Constitution Hill. TIME Weekdays from 9am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 3pm. COST Free INFO Visit
  • Doctor turned comedian Riaad Moosa is back with his popular stand-up comedy show Doctor’s Orders. The show, which debuted in 2013, is regarded as one of the biggest tours of his career. WHEN May 22. WHERE Sunzone, Sun Coast Casino. TIME 8pm. COST R150. INFO Visit


  • In her fifth solo show titled Green Screen, artist Janet Solomon explores the association between reality and artifice and life and death in an exhibition that features 30 of her photographs and paintings dating  from 2011 to 2014. Solomon uses a green screen that’s replaced by a different background in the digital world to manipulate reality. WHEN Until June 28. WHERE Durban Art Gallery, second floor, City Hall, Anton Lembede Street. TIME Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. INFO Call 031?311?2264/8


  • The female jazz ensemble Heels over Head return to Pietermaritzburg for a performance that’s described as a “fun and groovy mix of originals” such as You Are Everything and classics such as Ntyilo Ntyilo. Heels over Head comprises Thulile Zama (vocals), Nomkhosi Mazibuko (vocals), Chillie Stent-Wardell (guitar), Mandy Cobbing (keys), Lee Ngidi (bass) and Rebekah Doty (drums). WHEN May 15. WHERE Government House, Unisa Pietermaritzburg Campus. TIME 7pm. TICKETS Sold at the door for R100 (adults) and R80 (students and pensioners).

Heels Over Head 

Cape Town

  • The Theatre Dance Association is performing the Dancer for Dancers to raise funds for the Cape Town City Ballet Company. WHEN May 16. WHERE Artscape Theatre Centre. TIME 6pm. COST R150 Tickets Available at Computicket.
  • The stage production of A Class of One pays tribute to slain activist Dulcie September and writer Richard Rive. It features actors Basil Appollis and Denise Newman. September and Rive were also teachers from the Cape Flats “whose personality and stature made an impact” on the world. The production features two one-man shows: Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September and My Word! The two shows are written by Appollis and Sylvia Vollenhoven. WHEN Until May 30. WHERE Baxter Theatre. COST R100. BOOKINGS Call 0861?915?8000. INFO Visit

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