Did you know?
Kayamandi is the second-oldest township in the Western Cape, dating back to the 1940s, and originally only had hostel accommodation for single men working on farms in the area.
The AmaZink Live performance showcases local talent in a setting that recreates the vibrancy of township street life, featuring township food and a crafter’s market in an arena overlooking the surrounding mountains of the Boland, on the outskirts of the university town of Stellenbosch.
The doors to AmaZink, a venue in Kayamandi township, open from 7pm and patrons are greeted with the sound of drums and singing. Inside, drinks and traditional township fare are on offer (the main dish changes each month), and guests can browse African crafts and other AmaZink memorabilia.
At 8pm, the cast ushers patrons through to an arena area where they are treated to an exuberant show featuring traditional South African song, dance, raw talent and a touching story of hope, courage and triumph over adversity.
The main characters in the AmaZink story are tavern manager Patricia Jones, her cousin Fix Marwana and owner Musa Mavundla, whose changing fortunes are the subject of each season's performance.
In the original show, the trio were the movers and shakers behind Patricia’s Tavern, an illegal shebeen facing closure but saved from demolition through song and dance when it is transformed into a venue called AmaZink Live.
The third season sees Patricia, Fix and Musa return to their ‘home, sweet home’ (the meaning of the name Kayamandi) from an overseas tour. Hailed as local celebrities, they are quizzed on their highlights, memorable moments and reasons for coming back to AmaZink Live. Patricia receives a phone call with an offer to move to France permanently and perform in a world-class theatre. Will she choose to leave her beloved ‘home sweet home’ for the allure of the glitz and glamour of Paris?
AmaZink runs from the end of October until the end of March each Friday night and can also be hired for special functions and corporate events.
The venue offers a full cash bar, secure parking and an authentic Kayamandi ambience, with Bambanani Security from Kayamandi taking care of the patrons.
For visitors to Stellenbosch, AmaZink also offers a shuttle service to and from the venue.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 889 7536
How to get here
As you leave Stellenbosch on the Bird Street/R304, turn left into Kayamandi. At the traffic circle, turn right into Masidantane Road and keep straight. The venue is on the right.
What will it cost
R200 for the show (drinks and eats are extra)
What to pack
Take along a jersey in case the evening cools down.
Where to stay
Stellenbosch has numerous guest houses, hotels and B&Bs.
What to eat
Township fare on sale at the venue.
Stellenbosch is in the heart of the Cape Winelands and a university town. Walk through the historical streets, eat in one of its many excellent restaurants or go wine tasting.