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FIND YOUR KIND OF EN­TER­TAIN­MENT From gospel shows, to com­edy and a wide va­ri­ety of food, craft and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

The Citizen (KZN) - - CITY -

ecem­ber is just around the cor­ner and the gigs are get­ting more in­ter­est­ing and fre­quent. Soon party-go­ers will have dif­fi­culty de­cid­ing which event will be the most fun.

Do not de­spair though, be­cause a gig guide is all you need to be able to nav­i­gate your way to some great en­ter­tain­ment. Car­ni­val City’s Big Top Arena is the set­ting of the fifth edi­tion of the highly ac­claimed Gospel Goes Clas­si­cal show­case on Oc­to­ber 27. The Africa Wor­ship themed show fea­tures artists from South Africa, the US, Nige­ria, Ghana and Switzer­land.

“Year af­ter year Gospel Goes Clas­si­cal is en­joyed by thou­sands of fans. We could not be more thrilled to host this show at Car­ni­val City,” says mar­ket­ing man­ager Michelle Smith.

While pre­vi­ous edi­tions have fea­tured great artists such as Don­nie McClurkin, Jonathan But­ler, Ben­jamin Dube, Re­becca Ma­lope and the late Sfiso Ncwane, it gets bet­ter this year. Dlophe Records have gone all out to bring to the stage some of the best tal­ent in gospel.

The stel­lar line-up this year will fea­ture Joe Met­tle, Nduduzo Matse, SAMA, Crown Gospel and Africa Gospel award-win­ner Ntokozo Mbambo. Top­ping Tick­ets can be booked at Com­puticket, rang­ing in price from R240 to R450 per per­son. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. the bill is the world-renowned Vashawn Mitchell from the US. Few gospel singers can com­pare to Mitchell who is the most nom­i­nated artist at the 27th An­nual Stel­lar Awards. He is also a nom­i­nee for two Grammy awards and two DOVE awards. He will per­form his sin­gle No­body Greater, which has been the most played gospel song of the year, and spent nine weeks on Bill­board’s Gospel Songs Chart.

Le­bo­hang Kgap­ola, Takie Ndou, Tshepo Price, Keneiloe Hope, Sicelo Moya, the Clas­si­cal Wor­ship Choir and Yvonne May also form part of the lineup. The an­nual San­lam Hand­made Con­tem­po­rary Fair is fi­nally here, and as al­ways prom­ises to be a fair un­like any other. Fea­tur­ing ground­break­ing de­signs, food and wine, this lively cel­e­bra­tion of great de­sign per­son­i­fies the so­phis­ti­ca­tion and bold­ness of all things “well made in Africa”.

The fair is now in its ninth edi­tion, and gives fair-go­ers and trend-watch­ers a chance to be the first to en­counter the work of top evolv­ing cre­atives.

Start­ing yes­ter­day and end­ing on Sun­day, the event will trans­form the rooftop of Hyde Park Cor­ner into a con­tem­po­rary heaven of ex­plo­sive in­ven­tive­ness.

The fun on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13 goes from 10am to 9pm and on Sun­day from 10am to 4pm. Com­edy fans who ap­pre­ci­ate straight-up, no-feel­ings-spared, raw com­edy from the mouth of a man who tells it as it is will get all of this and more when Masha­bela Galane hits the stage at Car­ni­val City’s Bru’s this month.

Laugh and Dance is Car­ni­val City’s lat­est of­fer­ing of ver­nac­u­lar com­edy night ses­sions, pre­sent­ing one lo­cal co­me­dian at a time. On Oc­to­ber 31, Galane takes to the stage to make com­edy fans laugh hys­ter­i­cally as he speaks about all things African.

This in­stal­ment of jokes will see the Lim­popo-born funny man dig­ging deeper into the day-to­day chal­lenges the res­i­dents face, amongst other things.

From their ren­tal ac­com­mo­da­tion in the back­rooms of Tem­bisa, to the strug­gles of try­ing to speak Zulu, mov­ing to the sub­urbs of Jo­han­nes­burg and even­tu­ally be­com­ing home­own­ers and reach­ing in­de­pen­dence.

Hail­ing from Polok­wane, this laugh-a-minute funny man says that he is gen­er­ally a bit of an in­tro­vert.

It was at school that he re­alised that, when mak­ing fun of his teach­ers and fel­low pupils, peo­ple found him hi­lar­i­ous so he de­cided to be a stand-up comic.

TOP OF HIS GAME. World-renowned gospel artist Vashawn Mitchell from the US.

Pic­ture: Face­book

CUT­TING EDGE. San­lam Hand­made Con­tem­po­rary Fair.

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