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Friday, September 21, 2012


The 15th running of the Isicathamiya Festival is set to take place in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on September 29 and features 96 groups in the Top 20, Open and Section One categories and a further 60 participants performing in the oNobuhle and oSwenka categories.

Over the past 14 years, The Playhouse Company’s Isicathamiya Festival has become a major red-letter event on South Africa’s cultural calendar and traditionally takes place in September as part of the Heritage Month celebrations.

The 15th national Isicathamiya Festival will culminate in the final rounds on September 29 after extensive auditions held in various districts around KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. These artists will compete for coveted prizes, including a goat, trophies and various cash prizes, isiteki, as they test their skills against their peers. 

Besides the acappella group-singing and dancing that comprises this much-loved art form, made world famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo under leadership of Professor Joseph Shabalala, the festival will also feature the traditional Oswenka and Onobuhle sections where participants will display their sense of style and fashion during critical interludes interspersed during the competition.

An added attraction will be the performance by the 2011 Top 20 winner, Newcastle LTD, who will open the evening’s proceedings.  Programme directors for the festival are Thanda Ndlovu, Vicky Masuku and Joe Hudla.

The Festival takes place on September 29 from 18h00 until the early hours of the morning. Tickets for this exciting and unique event are just R65 each and are available from Computicket and Shoprite Checkers money market counters.