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The comedian formally and informally known as Prins goes bigger than ever with the Live Performance and Recording of his One Man Stand Up Comedy Special “Unnecessary”, at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on the 30th May.

The Kuils River couple who made history at the University of the Western Cape in 2018 have now won the Platinum Award for the Most Inspirational Couple of 2019 at the 7th Annual I Do Magazine Awards in Sandton, Gauteng on 06 April 2019.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:06

The Coloured Vote - Where to?

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It has become a cliché for the Coloured people to say “We were not White enough in the past and now we’re not Black enough”. Coloured people has a voting power which they can leverage to their advantage.
Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:38

An Insight into My Personal Take on Veganism

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I have been a vegan for 10 straight solid years, admittedly in my embryonic phase as a vegan neophyte I felt my personality tapering towards some kind of a 'Muggy Vegan Ego' with overt displays of a 'Vegan Superior Logic'. As vegans we often believe that our arsenal is fully stocked with the most advanced and inexorable fact salvos detailing why veganism is the surefire path leading to the zenith of humanity, right? Or are we the lackeys of the ultra-processed food industry which has “engineered” an incalculable and never-ending amount of pro-vegan replacement products and spent billions into marketing the hell out of these products over the past few years?

I am compelled to question the political purpose of the recent Netwerk24 article 'Wit Afrikaner dra gene van slawe en Khoisan - studie' (White Afrikaners carry genes of slaves and Khoisan - study).
Ethno-nationalism between South Africa's black and coloured people, in fact ethno-nationalism between all people is growing, along with it discrimination and anti blackness that detracts from the common experience of a shared struggle.

The Storyteller of Riverlea explores renowned South African author Chris Van Wyk's influences as a poet, as political activist and writer, his family life and his battle with cancer. The Market Theatre production is a homage to his humor, political values and storytelling abilities, all of which has touched the lives of everyone who has read his works.



Van Wyk grew up in the Coloured suburb of Riverlea, south of Johannesburg, a community he was later to bring lovingly to life in Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (2004) and Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch (2010). He adapted Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom into a book for young readers and wrote a series of short biographies of liberation struggle figures for schoolchildren. A Message in the Wind, published in 1982, won the Maskew Miller Longman Award for Children’s Literature. His memoirs pay extensive tribute to the strong and resourceful women in his family and community, particularly his mother (the “Shirley” of the title) and grandmother.


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Van Wyk pulled no punches when it came to be castigating racial and social injustice. His writing gave an insight to the creative spirit at its most generous, capacious and exuberant.
His humor spoke of: a capacity for resilience and an irrepressible appetite for life, even in complex circumstances.

Van Wyk the Storyteller of Riverlea is directed by Christo Davids who recently wrote and directed the award-winning play My Seuns at the 2018 Aardklop Festival for which the production won Best Production, Best Director, Ground-breaking new work, Best Script and Best Supporting Actor.

 

Van Wyk The Storyteller of Riverlea stars Zane Meas

Zane and Chris have collaborated on a one-man play about Chris’ childhood friend William Smith, entitled Smith 4113 after the prison number Smith was assigned while being detained for political activities in the 70's. Zane performed this production at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 1986.

Zane and Christo both played Chris Van Wyk in Janice Honeyman's 2008 adaptation of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy which performed to full houses at the Market Theatre. This is the 5th time that they will be working together on stage in a partnership that spans over 12 years.

Much of Chris van Wyk may be viewed as an enactment of what Njabulo Ndebele called “the rediscovery of the ordinary”. In the ordinariness of life, he found his inspiration; but his imagination and craftsmanship transformed it into something extraordinary, even magical. “Writing a memoir,” he explains in Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, “is a little like travelling into your own past. Unlike science fiction, you can’t change the past. But, like science fiction, it does have its own magic.”

The production will be staged in the Mannie Manim Theatre from 25 January – 24 February 2019.


PRODUCTION INFORMATION: 
Written by Zane Meas 
Directed by Christo Davids 
Lighting Designer Thapelo Mokgosi 
Set Designer Christo Davids 
Costume Designer Nthabiseng Mokone 
Stage Manager Bongani Motsepe

Starring: 
Zane Meas


Duration: 60 minutes 
Age Recommendation 10 years 
Season: 25 January – 24 February 2018 
Venue: Mannie Manim 
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Ticket prices: Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 - R150.00
Student Prices: R70.00

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:41

Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL ART & Music Expo

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The Back 2 Basix event is a collaborative effort between Best of Ekapa Hip Hop, Triple Crown Sound System & Graffiti Artist MAK1. The event focus is on the Graffiti Artist or Spray Can Artist, there will be 5 spray can artists painting live on the day!

Saturday, 29 December 2018 17:40

Clifton's Sheep in Wolves' Clothes

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Kleurlinge... yes that is the only way I feel like describing these adherents of a false consciousness... Kleurlinge losing their minds over a sheep being slaughtered on a beach which they themselves as people are regularly being bullied to vacate and until a few decades ago were not even allowed the privilege to visit or set foot on. 
A group of concerned parents and community leaders from Valhalla Park and surrounding areas are up in arms over the death of two children which did not even draw a murmur from mainstream media and which seemingly had a slow response from law enforcement agencies.
Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:35

David Kramer's Langarm - Much More Than Just a Dance

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Something I have learned that helps me immerse myself into the full experience of watching a theatre production or a movie is to leave any and all expectations at the door. Somehow the very little I know of Langarm dancing, through once in a while having to play a few tracks of the genre when I DJ at weddings and private functions, sneaked into The Fugard with me. 


Accompanied by the vivaciously scintillating Wiskunde Juffie aka Marley Rose who knows more than a thing or two about Ballroom Dancing, having at some point been an active participant in what is essentially also a very competitive sport, I was fortunate to be in the company of someone who could anchor me during the very lively and animated conversations that followed as we left the theatre and met up with members of the cast in the ground floor bar area.