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WARNING! THIS IS DURBAN (article first published : 2008-02-22)

Warning! This Is Durban, to take place at the BAT Centre on February 29, is the first of a series of upcoming similar events that seek to showcase KZN talent beginning with a first show taking place in the multi-cultural city of Durban!

The variety talent show is the only one of its kind where a group of independent artists have taken an initiative to work together in creating an entertainingly professional and self-sustaining show. It focuses on the different genres of the performing arts ranging from poetry, Hip Hop and comedy to live music.

Most of the artists performing on the day have been chosen from each specific art genre such comedy, spoken-word poetry, live music performance and hip hop. Artists such as Shon G, who has already appeared on Hype magazine, have already become household names on the local Hip Hop scene.

The list of Durban’s local stars due to perform are comedians such as Sthe Khumalo, Siphiwe Shembe and Justice Kubheka. Amongst the more popular poets, slam poet Sakhile and Durban’s romantic scribe Mxolisi Mtshali have wowed audiences from poetry to religious gatherings. Examples of locally groomed talent will continue to shine through artists such as Moonchild –whose musical vocals have featured in the Durban-filmed SABC drama Bay of Plenty. More great musicians featured are Mbali and Apple, the lyricist abdus, Siyamatic, Bonolo, Nkululeko, Busiswa and Bongimusa.

Warning! This is Durban will be hosted by popular Felix Hlophe and Sifiso Nene who have both starred in Amahlaya Etheku, a comedy showcase that kickstarted at the BAT Centre in 2006. Numerous independent artists who have grown to lead in community development and made names for themselves in the arts have previously participated in the youth programmes and seminars at the BAT Centre.

The performance takes place on February 29 from 18h00 to 22h00 at the Bat Centre’s Sipho Gumede Hall. Tickets R70 through Computicket (R80 at the door).




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