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Sunday, September 28, 2008


Playhouse Company’s 11th Annual Isicathamiya Competition on September 27.

The Playhouse Company’s annual all-night Iscathamiya Competition takes place in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on September 27 as part of the current Celebrate Durban Spring Season festivities. Starting at 18h00 and ending at around 09h00 on Sunday morning followed by the prize giving, the Competition promises to be as big and exciting an event as ever.

The 11th event in this popular series, this year’s Isicathamiya Competition will see some 130 groups from all over KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape converging on The Playhouse in Durban, and keenly competing for the coveted prizes as they pit their skills against their peers. According to tradition, participants in the Isicathamiya Competition fall into three categories, namely Top 20, Section 1 and Open Section. They will be judged by a panel of four adjudicators.

Besides the acapella singing and dancing that comprise this much-loved art form made world famous by the group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Competition will also feature the traditional Oswenka and Onobuhle sections, in which 25 men and 25 women will display their sense of style and fashion during interludes interspersed between the competition’s mainstream of events.

Tickets R45 booked through Computicket 083 915 8000, or The Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540.