Fourth season of Jive Culture Shock at Baxter

The Jive Culture Shock promises to be a festive showcase of minstrels, Malay choirs and brass bands.

The musical production, The Jive Culture Shock, returns this December – celebrating the talent of Cape minstrels and Malay choirs at the Baxter theatre from Tuesday December 5 to Saturday December 9, at 8pm.

The show, which celebrates its fourth season this year, features dancing and live performances. It started as a live-stream event under the Covid-19 lockdown regulations in 2020 to assist artists who saw their livelihoods affected by the prohibition of live events.

“The annual minstrel and Malay choir events had been cancelled and we saw the opportunity to provide a safe alternative,” said Faghri Abrahams of Oddball Concepts.

The online versions in 2020 and 2021 took the form of a competition, last year and this year sees the event evolving into a big festive showcase of minstrels, Malay choirs and brass bands at the Concert Hall at the Baxter theatre.

Choreographer and producer Rushney Ferguson will be taking on the role of director and host while entertainers Tashriq De Villiers and Nur Abrahams headline the event.

According to Ferguson, the production is more than just a competition show and this year is expected to be yet another musical spectacular.

“Our show is filled with, not only famous faces, but artists who started out with us and started out within the culture who have blossomed into award-winning artists and have created something special for themselves.”

Tickets cost R180 each through Webtickets.

Choreographer and producer Rushney Ferguson
Singer Nur Abrahams