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Friday, September 23, 2011


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The Playhouse Company’s annual National Is’cathamiya Festival takes place in the Playhouse Opera on September 24 as part of Heritage Month.

Starting at 18h00 and ending with prizegiving the following morning, the 14th event in this highly popular series will see 174 groups from all over KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape converging on The Playhouse in Durban, keenly competing for the coveted prizes as they pit their skills against their peers.

Besides the a cappella singing and dancing that comprise this much-loved art form made world famous by the Grammy Award-winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Festival will also feature the popular fashion sections, in which some 48 men (Oswenka) and 37 women (Onobuhle) display their sense of style during interludes interspersed between the competition’s mainstream of events.

The Festival ends at approximately 08h00 on Sunday morning, with a prizegiving ceremony in the following categories: Top 37, Section 1, Open Section, Oswenka and Onobuhle. The best group chosen by the judges receives a goat. Pre-show entertainment is by the 2010 Top 20 winner, Uhlelo olusha.

Tickets R65 booked through Computicket or on 0861 915 8000, or The Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540. A 10% discount is available for block bookings of 10 or more. For more information about The Playhouse Company log onto