19 Feb Test Driving The Arts
Hosted by The Playhouse Company, Test Driving The Arts provides performance opportunities for amateur artists to perform in public, to a live audience. The initiative is designed to showcase arts practitioners in the fields of indigenous and popular cultural art. Performance genres typically featured in the series include Maskandi, Gospel, Kwaito, Afro Reggae, Imfene, Pantsula, Hip Hop, among others.
Gracing our stage this Friday the 19th are African Numbers as well as Amazing Grace Gospel Choir with Thami Sikhosana as the programme director.
African numbers are a group of 6 young Pansula dancers from Ntuzuma (a township in Durban) .The group was formed in 2011 when the artists were only 14 years old ,as a way to distance themselves from negative influences like drugs and alcoholism dominating their environment .The energetic group began by performing at different events and competitions in school and around the Durban Community. Their undeniable passion has landed them in professional theatre spaces like The Playhouse company and Stable Theatre, at big prestigious events where the Mayor was present and eventually scooping first prize at the uShaka Marine World Search competition in 2017.
Amazing grace is a Durban based gospel choir consisting of 25 young vocalists and instrumentalists, led by Mr. N Gebashe. This dynamic ensemble is known to fill up venues with their interactive live performances and the project embraces a variety of cultures in South Africa. The choir produces music that is so contagious that it pushes audiences off their seats and up on their feet, before you know it everyone is dancing, clapping and singing along. The choir is also recognized for their original urban contemporary sound ,their hit track titled “Umthwalo” where they collaborated with well-known Singer ,Writer and Producer ,Dumi Mkoksdad ,some may also recognize the group from their TV screens on SABC1’s IsiZulu Telenovela “uZalo” .