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WARNING THIS IS DURBAN! (article first published : 2008-04-29)

On May 2, Fourguys Entertainment will present a comedy show at the BAT Centre.

“We are doing a charity comedy show,” Sifiso Kenene explained, “but with the coming of winter, the Fourguys are not only interested in jokes”.

It is true that there are other serious issues at hand with the growing number of AIDS orphans and street children. This is not only a national issue, but a painful reality that is also raising much concern internationally.

These are the guys who conceptualized the local comedy series with a vision to employ promote and sustain the local culture of the performing arts. Over the past two months, the event has featured more than 30 acts ranging from live music performances, spoken word poetry, to the upcoming and professional comedians. On April 18, Fourguys Entertainment was also able to bridge the language gap by staging Durban is Losing It! –a comedy show that caters for a larger audience in terms of language orientation. It is not only presented in an African language as it featured English comedians such as Afzal Khan, Vivian Moodley, Pranesh Maharaj, Richelieu Beaunoir, Neil Green, Weyn malgas and “Reagan”.

This time around, on May 2, the line up will include the likes of the popular Vusi Ximba – famous musician and comic lyricist. The street comedian “Gqe” who literally began doing comedy in the streets of Durban – the audience loves him or is it “her?” The list goes on to include Mpukane who gained his name and comic prowess during his High School career in Clermont, and yes he has not stopped cracking jokes. Take a look at his home made movie Umbhedo. Amawele aseChesterville have taken Durban by storm, their jokes come in twins. It is hard to tell which twin is funnier.

The lady of comedy, Sne, will not miss a good show for the world and promises to have audience members’ sides aching with laughter. The evening will be electric with Sthe, Mondli “Usher” Mzizi and Kini –unveiled new talent. You can hear him daily on the Alex And The Crew show of Igagasi radio station.

As the saying goes: “It is not over until the poet says his piece” –that will be Mxolisi Mtshali who continues to wow the crowds with his liquid sword of romantic lines and love poetry.

On a more serious note, contact the Fourguys for clothing donations and other items for their charity–in–winter cause. The donated items may be brought to the BAT Centre between 09h00 and 17h00 on weekdays. Arrangements to be made with the Fourguys’ Luthando Nzimande at 076 149 8568 or email fourguys4@gmail.com




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