The State Theatre gears up for reopening

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Mbuso Khoza performing Amahubo in Concert at the South African State Theatre (Mpilo Zondi)
Mbuso Khoza performing Amahubo in Concert at the South African State Theatre (Mpilo Zondi)
  • Mbuso Khoza is a jazz artist with a keen interest in southern Africa’s musical heritage.
  • With An Evening of Folklore the artist will use a jazz take on Amahubo to bring folklore tales to life. 
  • Although the national theatre says it was able to convey relief to 500 artists while operating virtually they are gearing up to once again operate in the physical space. 

When the government-imposed national lockdown began in March of 2020, the South African State Theatre closed its doors to audiences. 

To keep audiences entertained while offering relief to artists, the theatre took its programme online. In a media statement the theatre says after showing more than 50 productions online, it was able to “convey relief to over 500 artists”. 

After operating virtually for six months, the State Theatre is reopening its doors with performances by jazz artist Mbuso Khoza. With a keen interest in southern Africa’s musical heritage, the scholar will use a jazz take on Amahubo — a form of ceremonial music — to bring his storytelling to life. 

Speaking about the convictions governing his practice, Khoza says: 

We cannot afford to wait for a day in the calendar to commemorate our heritage, it has to be a daily thing. We must speak about our languages, our philosophies, our way of thinking and take pride.

For actualise this offering, Khoza will be joined on stage by performance artist Nandi Mzobe, Tlale Makhene on percussions, Bongani Masilo on bass, Gabriel Stuurman on keys, Sam Ibe on drums as well as Neo Mogotsi, Siyanda Zulu and Phumlani Mtiti in the brass section. 

Having recently recorded virtual performances in an empty theatre, Khoza says he has missed the experience of connecting with a live audience:

We are excited about our return to the State theatre, following the drought in the live entertainment industry, owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic sweeping across the world and devastating our people. Even though the world is still not out of the woods from this pandemic – we are alive and in music you can find solace, and with knowing and embracing your roots you are armed with the greatest weapon.

In line with Covid-19 regulations and health guidelines, the theatre’s management will ensure its patron’s safety by taking each patron’s temperature on entry as well as making sure patrons wear masks at all times.This is in addition to limiting the number of open seats per show to maintain social distancing.

 'An Evening of Folklore’ will be performed on 30 and 31 October 2020. Tickets cost R200 and can be purchased from For more information about the theatre’s reopening visit

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