AmaZink Live is a homegrown township musical and dining experience in the Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch. Established in 2011, AmaZink Live is South Africa’s first township theatre, and offers an unforgettable experience for both local and international visitors.
This authentic cultural musical runs every Friday night and unravels a storytelling adventure where you can see, hear, smell, and taste the flavour of South Africa through anecdotes, music, and “lekka kasi” (tasty township) cuisine.
The large room seats 120 people with a bar, several banquet tables, and a buffet station. It doesn't matter too much where you sit as the performers migrate between 3 stages – on the left hand side, middle, and right hand side – so that everyone in the crowd gets to enjoy a bit of the front row action. The show also includes energetic gumboot dancing in the outdoor amphitheatre, overlooking the Simonsberg Mountain and city lights.
Favourite songs include “My African Dream” by Vicky Sampson, “The Click Song” by Miriam Makeba, “Great Heart” by Johnny Clegg & Savuka, “Kaptein” by Kurt Darren, and “Special Star” and “Hellfire” by Mango Groove. In fact, many of the songs were covers of Mango Groove, a South African Afropop band and the first of only two South African music groups with both black and white band members during the apartheid era (the other being Johnny Clegg & Juluka).
Besides two professional performers, Ramaine Barreiro-Lloyd and O’Ryan Winter (Fix Marwana), the entire Kayamandi Allstars cast has been assembled from Kayamandi residents with no previous acting experience. Under Ramaine’s guidance and training, these amateurs have been sculpted into true stars, ready to rock your socks off!
There is one rule for AmaZink Live: Come hungry. The buffet is available at R85 a person and includes a variety of traditional foods like boerewors, braaied chicken, and lamb chops served with a selection of salad, pumpkin fritters, pap, and deep fried bread.
Plan an evening at AmaZink Live - you won't be disappointed!