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Monday, July 6, 2015


(Loyiso Gola)

(Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2015 National Arts Festival)

Charming Loyiso unites a nation through comic excellence. (Review by Thomie Holtzhausen)

Loyiso Gola’s State of the Nation address currently at the Grahamstown Arts festival until July 8 wows audiences from all backgrounds racial divides and is truly South African. It is not the World July Cup or red berets or the repayment of the fire hydrant swimming pool that will unite this country, but humour.  Gola stands proof of that.

Gola draws in the crowd with his comfortable, non-aggressive and charming presence on stage. Unlike most stand-up comedians owning the stage with an almost self-absorption, Gola portrays trust and warmth.  No holy cow,s indeed, but done with pathos and leaving one feeling as if all in South Africa is actually well if only we can laugh at it.

Catch Loyiso Gola Live – STATE OF THE NATION until July 8 at the Victoria Theatre at the National Arts Festival. - Thomie Holtzhausen

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