SAST Fringe and On Stage arts magazine programme

The South African State Theatre

SAST fringe presents various local artist for a 45 minutes show where they display their talents to the fullest. These eight cameras- high definition filmed productions will expose you to the hidden genres of our country. The programme will premiere on SAST online programs on the 15th of November 2020. The line-up consists of Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrosoul and Afropop artists. This is a chance to view, online, the amazing talents hidden in our townships, villages and cities.

All the shows of The SAST Fringe are preceded by On Stage. On Stage is an arts magazine programme hosted by Keamogetswe Malefo. Aubrey Sekhabi, the artistic director of the South African State Theatre, refers to On Stage as a “52-part series of conversations with various artists, talking their craft, inspirations, beginnings, breakthroughs, frustrations and performances. The show profiles all live performances at the South African State Theatre and ushers live performances for The SAST Fringe which premieres on the 15th of November 2020 at 20:00”

Sekhabi promises that On Stage will be delivered weekly on free view, every Saturday at 19:00 from the 14th of November 2020 until the 13th of November 2021. On Stage will precede the SAST Fringe programme which will run every Sunday from the 15th of November 2020 until the 14th of November 2021.

SAST fringe premieres with Bonafide Billi’s Mayibuye concert. The concert is premium entertainment for those who love great music combined with powerful lyrics and calls for consciousness. Bonafide Billi is a concert not to be missed. The Naledi Theatre award winning composer, singer, actor, producer, brings to us messages of resilience, patience, battle and most importantly calls on each every one of us to stand firm and fight against gender-based violence remarks Sekhabi.

With 52 music concerts lined up, the SAST is sure to follow up with Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe, Thokozile (Manakomba) Ndimande, Blow Lepara, Ncamisa Nqana, Siphelele Mnyande “PDOTO” ItuSings, Azah, TehillahMusic, Dudu Makhoba, Ngwako Manamela, Blow Lepara, Morayks, Rivoningo Bonnie Nkuna, Lebo Ditsepu, Gina Mabasa, Amohelang, Mandla Ntlaks Ntlatlane, Percy Mthunzi, Chad Da Don, Kly, Rudolph Mamabolo, Moshe Matseke, New Skool Sextet, Jackey Masekela, Zuri Afrika Band, Gally Ngoveni, & Sol Shibambu. At a strategic level, “SAST Fringe is an experiment from digital to live. The content you will see will be viewed for the first time on our digital platforms. This will give us an opportunity to see what happens when you translate your content from digital to stage. We have been experimenting with content from stage to digital, now we are getting a balanced picture”, Says Sekhabi.

When talking about being presenter of Onstage and a Producer for the South African State Theatre, Ms. Malefo says that “producing SAST fringe and Onstage, and presenting at the same time has been a daunting task, its actually crazy what’s going on at the SAST, too many projects, SAST working hard to relive the artists and keep the fires burning. And of course, in times of disasters we are all called upon to make a contribution, and this has been my contribution during these trying times. Making sure that the institution is connected to the main stake holders- the artists, and at the same time trying to balance the books and explore the new normal”. Furthermore, I am excited that we are getting better every day, and it feels good to be part of this experience, says Ms. Malefo.

These are exciting times for young artists. As a theatre we want them to fulfil ambition. We are here to enable them to do their thing and do it to the best of their talents. SAST forever, concludes Sekhabi.

Issued by the South African State Theatre

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