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This weekend includes Africa Day and there are celebrations around the city. The official one is the Sanaa Africa, the Spirit of Celebration 2012, a four-day festival based at the Shine Studios on 115 Smit Street, Braamfontein. It offers art and fashion, film, slam poetry, dance, theatre, shopping and African cuisine until Sunday.
At the new Soweto Theatre, Salif Keita is doing a one-off concert this Sunday, Africa Day. The centre is in the Jabulani CBD. Its first show, running until Friday, is The Suitcase, based on the short story by Es’kia Mphahlele.
Next Sunday, the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company is presenting its annual Wozani showcase here with light and classical music and jazz from its various ensembles.
At the Market Theatre the Sibikwa Arts Indigenous Orchestra is holding a concert today at 3pm. In the Main Theatre the musical Kwela Bafana+ offers a night in a 1950s shebeen, until June 24, with Bra B Ngwenya and the Kwela Bafana Band. The title comes from the haunting sounds of the penny-whistle or kwela. Woza Albert! is also running at this complex.
In Pretoria Sama-winning world musician Wouter Kellerman is at the Atterbury Theatre with his band for one performance tomorrow. He and his magic flute are in demand internationally for his inimitable crossover music.
At Montecasino, The Phantom of the Opera is finally in its last week. It ends next Sunday. Coming up is the musical Cabaret, which opens in Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre on June 7. Sonia Esgueira’s solo play So You Think You Can Love? is in the Studio.
Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline is in full swing at the Joburg Theatre, with plenty of thrills. On the Fringe, Viva! a Thai pop-meets-opera group are performing until June 16 on the Gauteng leg of their SA tour.
On Tuesday the classic Athol Fugard play Boesman and Lena opens at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. Directed by James Ngcobo, it stars Quanita Adams, Elton Landrew and Charly Azade. The play, about two coloured squatters on the mudflats outside Port Elizabeth, has been reinterpreted for 2012.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra continues its second symphony season at the Linder Auditorium on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Thursday Vuyani Dance Theatre unveil their new work, Mayhem which runs until next Sunday at the Dance Factory in Newtown before it goes on to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Next weekend, from Friday to Sunday, Nataniël will be joined by pianist Charl du Plessis and Combo on stage at the Joburg Promusica Main Theatre with original music and covers.
l De Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more info on shows and events see www.artslink.co.za