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Sunday, September 4, 2011


(Smanga Ngcama, member of Abafana be-SMS maskandi group)

The next Playhouse’s Test Drive session will take place on September 6 and features the Abafana be-SMS (maskandi), Zamani (imfene) and Izimpangele (indlamu yezinsiswa) groups.

The Playhouse Company’s 2011 Test Driving the Arts development initiative runs in the Playhouse Port-Cochère monthly until December. These popular lunch-hour programmes offer a free platform for aspiring groups wanting to make the leap from the amateur to professional performance circuits, in Pantsula, Hip Hop, Gospel, Isicathamiya, Afro Jazz, Township Maskandi, Isigekle and other contemporary music and dance styles.

These events offer audiences enjoyable lunch-hour recreation in the heart of Durban’s CBD, while affording valuable talent-spotting opportunities for event organisers looking for fresh new artists to enrol.

The Playhouse Company’s Test Drive lunch-hour programme on September 6 runs from 13h00 to 14h00. Admission is free and all are welcome. Patrons can also enjoy an excellent cup of coffee and a fine selection of refreshments before or afterwards in the Playhouse’s Coffee Shop.