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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


(Patti Nokwe and her late husband, Alfred Nokwe)

Next month, Stable Theatre will host the first of what is hoped to be the annual Imbokodo Women’s Festival to celebrate Women’s Day.

However, while Women's Day falls on August 9, Stable Theatre will set aside August 6 as an advance celebration in order to pay tribute to Patti Nokwe. A legendary opera trained singer, voice coach and mentor, she has given so much to the arts as a whole and this celebration will be in acknowledgement of her incredible and unfailing support of talented young musicians, singers, actors and actresses over the years.

Patti Nokwe is also the widow of another arts legend, the late Alfred Nokwe. Between them, they have made a huge contribution to the performing arts in KZN.

Black and gold is the central theme for the day. The line-up consists of acclaimed poet and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe who will be the featured performer of the day, alongside Durban’s famous all-women jazz band Heels over Head. Completing the programme will be comedienne Celeste Ntuli and Omama Boxolo who mix a fusion of acappella music with traditional dance and many more.

This will be a day filled with joy, laughter and sing-alongs for all women across all ages and lunch will be served. The Imbokodo Women’s Festival starts at 12h00 on August 6. Tickets at the door or booked through Bonang Shuping on 031 309 2513. For more information on Stable Theatre visit