Cape Town Gig Guide: Woza!

Your curated guide to getting out the house between 26 Feb and 5 March

David Batiste and Dan Patlansky back-to-back at the Cape Town jazz fest.

The year’s shortest paycheque month is here. Whoohoo! So don’t try and do what the capitalists tell you to, such as save any extra in equities or something equally climate changing. Be a responsible socialist. Spend it on artists. Here are some ideas for improving your quality of life


Don’t miss Woza Albert at The Baxter until March 2cnd. It’s not only a classic South African play that you really should see if you haven’t (if only to prevent any embarrasment at not being familiar with the local canon), and see again if you have, it also stars Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, who were the original actors when it first played 40 years ago. Tickets cost between R120 and R195. Book here.

There’s mile-high humour (the dark sort most likely, as in flying through a thundercloud) in Winging it! The Turbulent Revelations of Meghan and Shivan. Directed by one of our favourite young theatremakers, Kei-Ella Loewe, who has yet to deliver a dud. It also stars the uncontainable Rosa-Karoo Loewe, so it’s unlikely one show will be quite like another. There’s also the gorgeously louche Tazme Pillay. If you were fortunate enough to see Whorefish Bloomers (review here), you’ll push through the crowds to see this one. Starts on 25th Feb at the Alexander Theatre and runs until March 9th. Tickets cost R100 online and R120 at the door. Book here.

There is always Maynardville. This year’s Shakespeare is Richard III, starting its run on Feb 27th. Despite Maynardville’s knack for hit-and-miss renditions of The Bard, we can’t but help but flock to the novelty of watching old Will in an open air theatre in the heart of the quaint and ever-yuppier Chelsea Village. This one should go down as a hit rather than a miss, as Geoffery Hyland directs and Alan Committee shows he can actually act. Ticket costs range from R150 to R220. Book here.

Just so we don’t become like Australia and conveniently forget all the shit Mlungus have caused in the past, Salaam Stories is an award-winning play that needs to be seen. Written by Ashraf Johaardien who filled the executive producer position at the National Arts Festival for two years before taking over the reins at BASA, it is directed by Niquita Hartley under the mentorship of Standard Bank Young Artist Jade Bowers. It has travelled three continents and billed as featuring ‘colourful characters’ so we’re sure there’s laughter within the globe-trotting stories of slave trade and general colonial heartlessness.It’s on at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective on the corner of Milton and Wesley Streets in Observatory from 4th to 9th March.
Book here.


There are nine artists lined up for the Umcimbi fundraising gathering hosted by Thandeka Mfinyongo, who plays the uhadi and umrhubhe indigenous instruments and has a captivating voice. She also sports punk-ass green dreads (in her pics at least). It happens at 58 Oxford Road, Observatory on 28 Feb from 6pm. It’s gonna be lit. Tickets cost R50, pay at the door.

Get your Jimi Hendrix on and drink your Muddy Waters. The vein-popping, shirt open, face-warped, rocking electric guitar blues banshee Dan Patlansky is bringing a brand new set to Cafe Roux at 74 Shortmarket Street on March 2cnd. Dan will have a keybaord player along, and if you were lucky enough to see how he can rock alongside keys with the New Orleans All Stars when they exhausted crowds at the Cape Town International Jazz Fest too many years ago to mention, you’ve been having it. Dinner from 7pm, show from 8.30. Tickets cost R200, book here.

If guitar and rock is your thing, you should also check out Frank Freeman at Cafe Roux on March 5. He’s young and already played with all the best rockers in South Africa. Tickets for this one cost R120, book here.

Visual art:

Paper Scissors Rock is an art exhibition on the walls of the Alex Hamilton Art Studio at 9 Barron Street, Woodstock. The work is hand cut paper collage by Craig Cockcroft, and we like the fact he’s recycling old magazines and whatnot. We’ve seen his work, it’s bloody good. We’ll be taking another look and if excellent art is your thing you shouldn’t miss it either. Opening is on 27 Feb at 5pm.


The next Silent Disco is on Saturday 2 March, on Clifton 3rd beach from 5-8pm. Silent Discos are an amazing immersive music experience as long as you shake off the weird sensation of everyone dancing to their own beat, with no music to be heard. Although, if a real banger does come on, you can trust that most people will be belting it out, off key and with little reserve. Local security companies have been warned not over-react to people gyrating on the sand in silence. Costs R105 for adults and R55 for children under-12 (presumably there’s a Justin Bieber channel?). Book here.

There’s a Future Nostalgia boogie going down at The Athletic Club & Social at 35 Buitengracht Street on 28 Feb. It’s Future Nostalgia’s 6th birthday party and they’re paying sonic tribute to DJ, selector, collector, music historian, label head Donald “Jumbo” Vanrenen who died last November.
Check their sounds out on Mixcloud and if you dig it, get there from 8pm.
Entry is FREE.


If you are fortunate enough to know how to tango, there’s a sunset social dance at the Seapoint promenade on March 3rd. DJ Sylvia Westcott will be spinning the tunes for mense to step out Argentinian style. If you’ve got two left feet, you can also just watch. It’s free at the Pavilion Forecourt, that one next to the swimming pool on Beach Road. Happens from 5.30pm and there’s food and refreshment kiosks. Weather dependent.

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