Sorted: Let the festive times begin

2017-11-26 00:00
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Ke Dezemba is almost upon us, which means summer parties and festive lights. Phumlani S Langa finds the best events to attend this week in the gig guide like no other.


Poetry with a twist

Legends of Ghazal

For the first time on African soil, the Legends of Ghazal – Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota and Talat Aziz – will leave the audience spellbound with their poetic singing. 

Where: Emperors Palace, Kempton Park

When: 03 December 

Cost: R150 to R2 000 at


The Gin & Tonic Festival

More than 20 local and international gin brands will gather to showcase their spirits. Expect live music, deejays and a host of delicious food.

Where: Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein

When: 26 November

Cost: Tickets R165 to R255 at

Light festival 

HospiceWits: Tree of Light

This event aims to celebrate those who lost their lives to a terminal illness and help raise money for HospiceWits.
There’ll be a market and wine bar with a cozy area to relax and socialise in.

Where: Johannesburg Zoo

When: 26 November

Cost: Free admission


Silent Disco

You play the deejay at the silent disco. Get some headphones and choose what you want to listen to. 

Where: Beerhouse, Centurion 

When: 02 December 

Cost: R50 at


Vintage Style Event

Dress up vintage and party the night away with the likes of the amazing Masoul, Lloyd and Sasa.

Where: Kool and Tsar, Dobsonville

When: 02 December

Cost: R50 to R150 entrance



So, Cassper Nyovest is broke and needs to fill his pockets. To do this, he wants to fill Joburg’s biggest stadium. Yeah, I’m a hater, but to see a local rap artist pull this off is good for the local game. Also, word has it AKA wants to perform. Maybe just buy a ticket broer?

Where: FNB Stadium, Orlando

When: 02 December

Cost: R100 to R500 at


Ghetto Laughs

This monthly comedy showcase is the home of premium humour. Head over for a refreshing, memorable and side-splitting experience.

Where: Soweto Theatre

When: 30 November 

Cost: R130 to R150 at


Food, music and games

Mokete – The Festive Feast Edition

A three-course feast awaits you! Chef Naledi and Mokete co-founder Tete are preparing a flavourful fusion of contemporary and traditional cuisine. In between courses, play tradition board games and listen to deejays play a mix of African and global tunes. What a vibe!

Where: Takenaki Lapa, Onderstepoort

When: 26 November

Cost: R250 per person, email for tickets 


Isambulo The Musical

This is a gospel extravaganza that dramatises a typical Sunday church service in a South African township. Join stars Lerato Mvelase (Soul City, Home Affairs), Simphiwe Mini (Muvhango, Gold Diggers) and Nhlakanipho Cele (winner of SABC2’s I Want to Sing Gospel).

Where: SA State Theatre

When: 29 November  to 23 December

Cost: R150 to R180 at

Cape Town 

Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini is one of the funkiest brothers around, and the record producer and musician is an unstoppable force on stage. Join him for an electric performance. 

Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 

When: 02 December 

Cost:  R135 to R180 at


Christmas Lights in the Park

The WavePark will be transformed after dark with lights and entertainment. Don’t miss live performances and shows for the whole family.

Where: Wavehouse at Gateway, Umhlanga

When: 02 to 30 December 

Cost: R50 at


035 Awards 2017

This event is aimed at growing local talent in areas such as dance, music and fashion. It’s sure to be a spectacle, and the nominees and award winners will be people to keep an eye on in the future. 

Where: Moth Hall, Empangeni

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