State Theatre remains online under level 03

Ngwako Manamela

Following the announcement by government to maintain the country at alert Level 03 of COVID-19 Lockdown, the South African State Theatre (SAST) wishes to remind theatre lovers that its programme continues online until further notice. The SAST appeals to patrons to support its cutting-edge online music programme called SAST FRINGE, which is yet another innovative project by the theatre to continue offering Covid-19 relief and mass employment for artists under the lockdown.

Launched in November 2020, the SAST FRINGE has kept the fires burning simultaneously with live performances when the theatre had its doors reopened under eased lockdown restrictions. Through profiling musicians in genres such as Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro Soul and Afro Pop, the programme has already managed to benefit scores of artists involved on stage and behind the scenes in over 25 productions. The platform provides an opportunity for the working artist that have been on the fringe but depend on their artistic and technical talents for a living. It is dominated by musicians who are producing music to enter the mainstream commercial market.

Every Sunday night at 20h00, SAST FRINGE brings a new artist. It has already rolled out captivating virtual concerts of industrious musicians such as Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe, Azah, Blow Lepara, Itu Sings, Manakomba, Tehillahmusic, Ncamisa Nqana and Dudu Makhoba. The shows are available for streaming at R50 a ticket on Webtickets online.

Upcoming artists on SAST FRINGE include:
Ngwako Manamela – 17 January
PdotO – 24 January
Morayks – 31 January
Lebo Ditsepu – 07 February
Gina Mabasa – 14 February
Mandla Ntlaks – 21 February
Moshe Matseke – 28 February

On the eve of the premiere of every featured artist’s show, SAST profiles the performer on its ground-breaking arts magazine programme called On Stage. Hosted by the influential theatre producer Keamogetswe Malefo, On Stage presents a 52 part series of conversations with various artists opening up about their craft from humble beginnings to breakthroughs. The programme premieres every Saturday at 19h00 on SAST’s YouTube channel.

Issued by the South African State Theatre

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