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Thursday, September 5, 2019


(2018 Standard Group Winner 3rd place Iphupho Lami)

This year’s 2019 edition of The Playhouse Company’s National Isicathamiya Competition takes place through the night on September 21 starting at 18h00 in The Playhouse Opera. Hosts for the 2019 competition will be Vicky Masuku and Zimiphi Biyela.

The competition attracts the participation of some 90 dedicated Isicathamiya groups who converge from throughout the entire eastern Seaboard of South Africa, stretching from Transkei, and across the whole of KwaZulu-Natal, even embracing groups from Gauteng, to compete for prize money totalling R200,000 in the following categories: Top 20, Standard, and Open Section.

This celebration of the traditional music genre, made famous by Grammy award-winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has long occupied a pride of place on KZN’s arts calendar, attracting great numbers of the groups as well as members of the public who thrill to the spectacle and discipline of this endearing art form.

A fashion extravaganza is another element to the competition for some 55 males and females, during interludes interspersed during the competition. The ladies competing in the category known as Onobuhle (Beauty Queens) while the male fashionistas show their paces in the category known as Oswenka (Swanking). This fun event invariably generates much enjoyment from the audience who delight in the glamorous side of Isicathamiya culture.

Isicathamiya Competition has become a major red-letter event on the South African’s culture calendar. The Playhouse continues to promote and preserve indigenous arts forms and profiling artistic contributions from all corners of South Africa.

Tickets R85 available via Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets. Alternatively, call the Playhouse box office on 031 369 9540/ 031 369 9596. Discounted group bookings offerings. Special discounted parking is available for all Playhouse patrons at the Albany/ Royal Hotel parking.