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Soweto Theatre is proud to announce a ten-day musical tribute to culture luminary and godfather of South Africa theatre, Gibson Kente from 7 to 17 December 2017.

Where Robert Sobukwe,Mirriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela left an indelible mark in our imagination, the late Gibson Kente played an equally consequential role. Plays like ‘How Long’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Too Late’ amongst many others spoke to the heart of what indigenous South Africans experienced under a repressive and foreign regime.


Gibson Kente is referred to as the father of township theatre. It is from the townships that legends like him have influenced the cultural, economic and political landscape of South Africa and various parts of the globe. Gibson Kente was a theatre extraordinaire; he was a director, producer, playwright, music composer and choreographer of his own plays. Not only was he a theatre practitioner but he also contributed to the education and training space in South Africa.


Being the cardinal storyteller illustrating black pain, love and aspiration in the time of Apartheid it is with great pleasure to announce that he will be commemorated in a musical tribute at Soweto Theatre this festive season.


“South Africa is at a time of great possibilities as we are on the verge of a cultural renaissance. Our audiences are in for treat,” says Makhaola Ndebele, Artistic Manager at Joburg City Theatres.


A Musical Tribute to Gibson Kente will be in Soweto Theatre’s main auditorium (The Red) from December 7thuntil December 17th 2017. Tickets are now on sale at R120,with early bird tickets at R80, and  available at the onsite box office, as well as selected Pick ‘n Pay stores.


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