Don't Miss This: September 24 - October 1
- Following the recent release of her track Zulu Turn Up, the award-winning singer Toya Delazy (born Latoya Buthelezi) will perform over the weekend. The Zululand-born star made news when she leaked her new album Ascension online in May alongside a tweet expressing her frustrations at having to pay for space in music stores.
Delazy fuses RnB, hip-hop, house and traditional music.
WHEN Saturday September 26 WHERE A Queers on Smash event, titled A Colour Block Party, is at the Blah Blah Bar. INFO Phone 060?694?0557. WHEN Sunday September 27 WHERE Café Roux, Noordhoek Farm Village. INFO Visit caferoux.co.za
- Moses Tladi Unearthed, the first major South African exhibition of the artist’s work. It features about 30 paintings sources from institutions and private collections locally and abroad. Tladi (1903–1959), a realist landscape painter, was the first black artist to exhibit formally in South Africa at what is now the Iziko South African National Gallery, first in 1931 and then in 1933. The current show features other artists whose work is in the same style or was produced at the same time that Tladi was painting. A book by Angela Read Lloyd, titled The Quest for Moses Tladi: The Artist in the Garden, accompanies the exhibition. WHEN September 24 to March 14. WHERE Iziko South African National Gallery. PRICE R30. INFO Visit iziko.org.za
- It’s with a focus on music and the culturally rich KwaMashu township, north of Durban, that the second Halala KwaMashu Festival returns. The home of renowned musicians such as Zakes Bantwini and Tu Nokwe, KwaMashu will host the one-day festival that aims to encourage tourism in the area and spotlight Heritage Month. Starting at noon and ending in the early hours of Sunday, Halala features a range of musicians such as Professor, Zakwe, KO and DJ Tira. WHERE Freedom Park, KwaMashu. PRICE R50 (general access) and R150 VIP. INFO Visit computicket.com
- The four-day Durban Street Food Festival promotes the city’s cultural diversity – from bunny chows to walkie talkies and vegan dishes. The festival includes sponsored stalls for “disadvantaged street traders to ensure that visitors can experience a truly unique and authentic range of fare from the streets of Durban”. To celebrate Heritage Day, also known as “Braai Day”, there will be a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest time spent braaing. In addition to food, the festival includes talented musicians and visual artists from the coastal city. WHERE 8 Morrison Street, River Town. WHEN September 24 to 27. TICKETS R50 a day. INFO Visit durbanstreetfoodfestival.co.za
- In the vein of Nina Simone’s affirming civil rights anthem of 1969, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, artist Hank Willis Thomas presents an exhibition with the same title. Stepping away from the canvas, he has curated the show at a crucial time for movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, which have been compared to the civil rights movement in the United States circa 1960. Thomas, a conceptual artist working with themes related to identity and popular culture, features the works of artists such as Omar Victor Diop, Derrick Adams and Shinique Smith. WHERE Goodman Gallery. WHEN Saturday September 26 to November 11. INFO Visit goodman-gallery.com