Don’t Miss This: November 13 – 19

Featured show

  • In Somnyama Ngomyama, photographer Zanele Muholi presents self-portraits taken from her travels in different parts of South Africa, America and Europe. For the visual activist whose work explores gender, race and sexuality, this is a distinct departure from much of the artist’s earlier work where she has trained the character on the LBGTIQ community. In a recent interview, she said, “There are people who just don’t see how images could help them heal. I treat photography as a way of healing because I have to love myself. Nobody will do that job for me. There are insecurities that we deal with, moments where I look at the image of myself and ask myself ‘who is this?’  Muholi is also exhibiting Vukani/Rise at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, which runs until November 29 and comes hot on the heels of Isibonelo/Evidence, a solo exhibition that ran at the Brooklyn Museum until November 8.

Somnyama Ngonyama will show at the Stevenson Gallery in 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein from 19 November to 29 January 2016.


  • Afrika Mkhize Quintet, The Orbit, November 15, 6.30pm Jazz pianist Afrika Mhize Quintet launches his new album entitled Rain Dancer. Tickets are R120.
  • Two Legends One Night, Zone6 Venue, Soweto, November 14. American hip-hop producer 9th Wonder and Johannesburg-based DJ Kenzhero headline this music conference and concert. The event will be preceded by an afternoon conference at Africa Museum (Newtown, 2pm) and an evening concert (6pm) featuring American acts such as rappers GQ and Skyzoo, as well as songstress Heather Victoria. Admission costs R150 (R200 for VIP).


  • Manteca Salsa and Afro-Cuban Band, Jazzy Rainbow, Durban, November 14. This ensemble band will play at Durban’s premier jazz venue from 8pm. For ticket information visit the The Jazzy Rainbow’s Facebook page

Cape Town

  • Crossover Culture, The Assembly, Cape Town, November 13. Crossover Culture is a new series of events that represents a coming together of acts from many different backgrounds in Cape Town. The genres represented at the first event range from hip-hop, soul, gqom to house and experimental electronica. Tickets cost R40 before 10pm and R60 after.


  • Jazz and African Music Nights, State Theatre, November 13, 9.30pm. Upright bass player Herbie Tsoaeli performs music from his album African Time. Also on the bill is pianist and producer Luyanda Madope.

Fine Art

Cape Town

  • Spieëlkamer, Johans Borman Fine Art Spieëlkamer, a constructed Afrikaans word meaning ‘room of mirrors’ is collection of collaborative paintings by Jacobus Klopper and Alet Swartsm. The exhibition will run from November 7 to December 12.


  • (Not) Remembering Namibia is showing at Guns & Rain, a curated online gallery of work by contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. (Not) Remembering Namibia is an online photographic exhibition exploring South Africa’s traumatic colonial relationship with Namibia. The exhibition is curated by Julie Taylor and can be seen at
  • The Pursuit of Values Standard Bank Gallery, until December 5 David Golblatt’s new exhibition, “essentially about the human spirit”, draws on his vast body of work spanning 65 years.


  • Personal Myth, Collective Dream 2, Art Space, November 16 to December 5. Roz Cryer presents a collection of paintings exploring the wisdom of myths and dreams.



  • Noise, Market Theatre, November 15 to December 6. Noise, a gritty urban drama originally set in Birmingham when first presented 20 years ago, transitions to South Africa as it explores poverty and unemployment. Directed by Dorohty Ann Gould, it stars Rowlen von Gericke, Thabo Rametsi and Nokuthula Ledwaba.


  • Tshwane Comedy Nights, State Theatre, November 14, 8pm Kedibone Mulaudzi, Thabiso Mhlongo, Suhayl Essa and TT share the stage on this fortnightly show. For bookings, visit


  • Ubuntu – The Opera, The Playhouse, November 17 to 22, 7.30pm. Composer Juan Burgers’ production traces the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, from his birth in the rural Transkei to his release from prison. Tickets range from R120 to R230.



  • Traces of Sandalwood, The Bioscope, November 13 to 16. Directed by Maria Ripoll, Traces of Sandalwood is the story of two sisters separated by their mother’s death. For tickets, visit

Cape Town

  • Burnt, The Labia, November 13 to 19. Burnt is a comedy-drama about an upcoming chef who loses a restaurant through drug abuse. He attempts to rebuild his life and career in London.

Food and Wine

  • Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2015, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, November 25. The annual food, wine, music and art showcase will see prominent winemakers share their current and older vintages with guests. More than 80 specially selected wines will be paired to perfection, as five Stellenbosch chefs create unique gourmet sensations to match the different varietals.Book at

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