The Weekend Guide
Nonto R Women in Comedy: Nonto R continues to bring us the Women in Comedy series featuring herself and fellow comedians including Nina Hastie, Noko Moswete and Khanyisa Bunu. Details: The show will take place on February 1 at the BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment, Durban.
Tickets cost R120 a person from Computicket.
For more information visit batcentre.co.za
The Soweto Exchange: This cross-cultural show is a collaboration between local artists and a group from Chicago. South African artists include saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, Chantal Willie-Petersen on bass, Keo Kolwane on vocals, and Linda Sikhakhane on trumpet. From Chicago are pianist Alexis Lombre, drummer Jeremiah Collier, Emcee Artemis and DJ Brother El. Details: The exchange will take place on February 1 at the Wits Theatre Complex, 24 Station Street, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R30 to R35 a person and can be purchased from webticket.co.za. For more information visit wits.ac.za/WitsTheatre
Sarafina!: Written and composed by Mbongeni Ngema, alongside Hugh Masekela, the musical continues to be an ode of commemoration to the South African youth of 1976. Details: The show is on till February 2 at the Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town. Tickets cost R40 to R100 and can be purchased from Computicket. For more information visit artscape.co.za
MyFrenchFilmFestival: Visit Durban to enjoy more than 20 French feature and short films with English subtitles. Details: The festival is taking place at Alliance Française de Durban until February 19 at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Berea. For more information visit alliance.org.za
Happily Never After: With belly dancing at its centre, this theatrical production reimagines well-known fairytales. Details: The show is on February 1 to 2 at iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino, 1 Sibaya Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban. Tickets cost R180 and can be purchased from Computicket. For more information visit suninternational.com
Nina Simone Four Women: Written by Christina Ham, this production is based on Nina Simone’s song Four Women and gives voice to four women who battled with confidence because of the colour of their skins. Details: The production takes place until February 24 at the Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Street (previously Wolhuter). Tickets cost R70 to R150 a person and can be purchased fromwebticket.co.za. For more information visit markettheatre.co.za
Mandla Mlangeni: The 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Mandla Mlangeni plays a series of shows with his Sama-nominated jazz ensemble, Tune Recreation Committee. The gigs form a part of the ensemble’s tour to launch their new album, Afrika Grooves. Details: The band will play at Roving Bantu Kitchen on February 1, at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre and later at Ginz on Dynasty on February 2. Tickets cost between R150 and R200 a person and can be purchased at the door. To prebook tickets or for more information visit tunerecreation.com
A Love Supreme: John Coltrane Tribute: The show is a celebration of the jazz saxophonist and composer’s magnum opus project A Love Supreme, which he recorded in December 1964 and released in January 1965. The album mirrors Coltrane’s spiritual quest, which grew out of his personal troubles, including a long struggle with drug and alcohol addiction that cost him his job as a saxophonist for Miles Davis. He presented the album as a spiritual statement, saying that his musical commitment was linked to his belief in God. Details: The event, which includes a documentary screening, takes place at The Drawing Room Café, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, on February 4. Doors open at 6pm and entrance is R40.
Sibusiso Nkambule: The Swati singer-songwriter has a unique, “rootsy” style on the acoustic guitar, which he says is a sonic representation of his father’s woodcarvings and stone sculptures. Nkambule will play songs from his upcoming album. Details: The show will take place at the Drawing Room Café, 87 Station Road, Observatory Cape Town on February 8. Doors open at 7pm. Entrance is R50.