Renowned artists Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola take to The Baxter stage, for the first time, in a unique benefit season, Baxter Back on Stage with Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola, from 3 to 7 November 2020.

Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola

Championed by the University of Cape Town’s vice chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, this season celebrates The Baxter’s return to opening its doors at Level 1 and serves as a benefit fundraiser aimed at helping to recover the loss of income, over the past six months during lockdown.

The special gala performance for invited guests and donors with limited seats available for purchase to the public at R1000, will be hosted by the vice chancellor and Marc Lottering as the master of ceremonies, on Tuesday, 3 November only, and the ticket price includes dinner and drinks.

The other performances take place from 4 to 7 November and ticket prices range from R350 to R500 which includes snacks and drinks before the performances.

Baxter Back on Stage with Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola will for the first time ever, see these two esteemed artists collaborate and appear on a stage together, each with their own brand-new work.  “This specially-commissioned performance is a coup for the Baxter”, says Lara Foot, CEO and artistic director. “I can’t think of a classier act. We are honoured to have these two creatives and national treasures on our stage, in one production, to celebrate our return to live theatre and welcoming back audiences and artists.”

Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola

Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola

Dancer and choreographer Maqoma, well-known for his award-winning Rhythm and Beauty trilogies will debut his brand-new work, No Humour, in collaboration with Xolisile Bongwana, which brings together live sound and movement in a visually appealing landscape of ritual and which forms part of his Human trilogies. In this work he explores the delicate balance of sensuousness, violence, ethical sensitivity, ugliness, grace and humour, where there is none. It is a delicate, sublime meeting of words, movement and sound, entrenched in the human fibre of existence, of life trapped in time that is shortened by each second that passes.

Founder and former lead singer of the critically acclaimed Freshlyground, Zolani Mahola is The One Who Sings – a South African storyteller, soulful singer, award-winning actress and an inspirational icon. She is well-loved and respected by South Africans for unifying the country through music and bridging social, racial and cultural divides. Last year she officially announced the launch of her solo career as a musician, storyteller and public speaker.

For the Baxter Back on Stage season Zolani Mahola, who has adopted the name The One Who Sings, will present the inaugural staging of her multimedia show You Need To Say It, featuring songs from her upcoming 2021 solo album by the same name, one year after leaving the legendary pan-African supergroup Freshlyground.

What: Baxter Back on Stage with Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola

Where and when: Baxter Theatre from 3 to 7 November 2020 at 7pm. Ticket prices for the special gala performance on 3 November are R1000 and includes dinner and drinks. Ticket prices for performances from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 November range from R350 to R500 and include light snacks and drinks.

Tickets: Booking is through Webtickets only on 086 111 0005, online at or at Pick n Pay stores