The Playhouse Company’s 20th Iscathamiya Competition a resounding success

Media release: The Playhouse Company’s 20th Iscathamiya Competition a resounding success


The annual Iscathamiya Competition hosted by Durban’s Playhouse Company took place on Saturday through to Sunday, 17 and 18 March 2018. Always a red letter event for fans of Iscathamiya, the traditional music genre made famous by Grammy award-winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the event drew crowds of supporters who were there to cheer on their favourites.


Now into its 20th year, this annual competition presented by The Playhouse Company, an Agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has become one of the major highlights of KZN's arts and culture calendar, bringing together music fans and singing groups from all corners of KZN, as well as from the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. A total of 100 groups competed for the coveted prize money totaling R200 000 in the following categories: Top 20, Standard, and Open Section.


A fashion extravaganza was another element to the competition for 55 males and females, the ladies competing in the category known as Onobuhle (Beauty Queens) while the male fashionistas strutted their stuff in the funky category known as Oswenka (Swanking). This event always proves a highlight of delight and glamour in the cultural aspect of Iscathamiya.

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