Koze Kuse Bash

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play workshopped and written by Sello Maake ka Ncube (1997).


Koze Kuse Bash ("All Night Street Party") is a lively, energetic piece that portrays the inhabitants of Johannesburg’s black suburbs in the mid-nineties and explores their interaction and culture. The principal language used is Iscamtho, an urban spoken language that developed in the 1980s from “Tsotsitaal”, a combination primarily of isiZulu, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans.

Performance history in South Africa

Premièred at the Market Theatre in November 1997, directed by Sello Maake ka Ncube, with a cast including Leleti Khumalo, Mpho Molepo, Harriet Manamela, Kere Nyawo and Sifiso Sibaya. The same production was staged at the Grahamstown Festival in 1998.

Translations and adaptations


Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

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