Celeste Ntuli will head up an entertaining line up of comedians at the Shoko Comedy Night set for REPS Theatre on 28th September. Celeste Ntuli, popularly known for her acting role as ‘Siphokazi’ in Isibaya, is currently riding high on a wave of popularity as one of South Africa’s top comedians. Celeste picked up two awards at the just ended Comics Choice Awards 2019 (South Africa), winning the ‘Flying Solo Award’ and the ‘Comedy G Award’. Celeste is the first ever South African black female comedian to record a one woman show called “Seriously Celeste”. Her work has earned her the DStv Viewers' Choice Award: Favourite Comedian in 2018 and in 2017 she was awarded the Comics' Choice Comic of the Year. Born in Empangeni and the sixth of eight children, Celeste was always known as the joker in her community. Her success comes from her no-holds-barred approach to her comedy sets which touch on relationships, social issues and stereotypes.
Popular ZimDancehall chanter Bazooker is set to light up the stage with his songs “Bho Here”, “Ndozvida” and “Rega Ndishaure
Denzel Takudzwa Mashonganyika aka Probeatz is a 24 year old whose versatile talents include acting ,rapping ,dancing ,and beatboxing. His simultaneous multi-vocal percussion abilities defy nature. He attributes the discovery of his beatboxing talent to frequent powercuts in the neighbourhood where he grew up. His repertoire has allowed him to tour around the world and be awarded international awards and appearances on different platforms.
Q Dube, real name Nqobizitha Mitchel Dube, is a Stand up comedian, Radio personality, T.V presenter, Actor, Voice over artist, Wedding and Cooperate function MC and Rapper! He began his career as a T.V presenter in 2005 presenting a music show on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation called . He then moved to on to acting on a local TV drama called The Small House saga, a role that earned him a best actor nomination in the 2008 NAMAs (National arts merit awards). In 2010 Q Dube packed his bags and left for South Africa to try break into the entertainment industry there. While in South Africa Q Dube found his voice for comedy. With a little help from his uncle, an established actor in South Africa (Luthuli Dlamini), Q Dube stepped on his first comedy stage at the Blues Room (Open Mic) sharing the stage with the likes of Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola. After failing to secure a work permit Q Dube returned to Zimbabwe where he briefly acted in another local drama cast called Studio 263 in 2011. Late in 2011 Q Dube was introduced to the local comedy industry (which was a few months old itself) by his good friend Simba the Comic King who allowed him to hit the stage and ever since Q Dube has never looked back. Since then Q Dube has stepped on every big comedy stage in Zimbabwe namely HIFA, Shoko Festival and Intwasa Festival . In 2013 he was on the line up in Zimbabwe’s First International Comedy Festival held at the HICC! Q Dube has also had the pleasure of touring South Africa with his stand up act, performing in clubs such as Parkers comedy club and Capetown comedy club just to name a few. In 2015 Q Dube took his act to the United States with the help of his family. He managed to perform in six cities namely Chicago, Los Angeles, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and New York and managed to meet and speak with legends in the Stand Up world like Bill Bellamy, Lavell Crowford and D.L Hughley. Q Dube’s biggest crowd to date is 3.7k people that he performed for as he opened for the queen of African comedy, Anne Kansiime in Harare Zimbabwe. He has also toured the United Kingdom, namely London (with South African Comedian Lihle Msimang) and Leicester city where he performed in a number of venues while having his main residency at Mama Jumbes. Q Dube holds two of the biggest comedy awards in Zimbabwe as he was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Comedian Award at the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) on the 18th of February 2017 as well as Outstanding Comedian for the Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) held on the 29th of June 2019. Q Dube is currently based in South Africa where is has been a regular feature at all the top comedy spot in Johannesburg and Capetown as well as being a DJ on The 1873fm. He has appeared on the hit TV show Mzansi Comedy Night and just finished recording Funny People Africa for ShowMax.
An award winning Zimbabwean Stand Up comic he stands tall as a sharp & witty satirist and socio political commentator who points out the absurdity of what is supposedly normal. His professional journey as a fulltime comedian began in February 2011 at the legendary BOCAPA OPEN MIC at the BOOK CAFE. He is the founder and regular performer at SIMUKA COMEDY, Zimbabwe’s Official Stand Up Comedy Night a monthly held event at the BOOK CAFE. He was a regular performer at the Zimbabwe German Society’s Acoustic Night event where he was awarded The Most Improved Artist/Performer 2011/12. He is the former resident comedian at Zimbabwe Germany Society.
Kikkybadass real name Christabelle Mahlungwa is a 24 year old multi award winning artist. She won Best Female award at the Zimbabwe HipHop Award 2017 and Peopleʼs choice. She went ahead and scooped 2 more awards at the Changamire HipHop awards , for best female and best duo with rapper Fucci. She scooped Best Female at the Glam Awards 2018 . And in 2019 won 2 awards at the Changamire festival . Kikkyʼs Debut Album QUEEN OF THE SOUTH gave her a special place in the music industry. On the album she featured Ycee from Nigeria and Jnr Brown along with other artists. It was a masterpiece and she went ahead killing the game with her confidence and work . She has shared the stage with some of Zimbabweʼs biggest artists , Like Jah Signal in Cyprus 2018. She released the visuals for Boys dzeTonaz which did well with almost 200k views making her the first femaleHipHop in Zimbabwe with such numbers on one video alone . She recently featured in Enzo Ishallʼs Magate which has her dancing and the video is almost a million
views. 2019 has been a great year for her as she has been booked and busy since the year started . Her growth in the industry is impeccable and she keeps challenging herself all the time . To get some of Kikkyʼs works you can search for @kikkybadass.
Vimbai Zimuto was born in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Vimbai started music at 6 years old, playing in her school's percussion band. Her first instrument: a tambourine. Vimbai joined a traditional dance group and the school choir. Playing Mbira at the age of 12, she knew music was her calling. High school: theory and practical study of Music. Member of the high school choir, together they recorded a first music album, 'Wedding Bells'. Professional life: Vimbai worked in several projects and participated in music programmes.
Vimbai is now based in the Netherlands, doing shows with a.o. Makali sounds, performing solo and in duet or trio. Mostly in Europe, especially in neighbouring Belgium and Germany. The change captures and expresses our vision and commitment to arts development, community, transformation and positive youth development through popular youth culture.
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