J.Bhoboza & J.Bhozza | 18 July

  • Live
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Date: July 18, 2021 15:00

His name is J.Bobs. He is a multifaceted artist. Known mostly for his directorial and literary works, J.Bobs also takes to the stage in capacities beyond game show host. He also Raps! He makes Hip Hop music.

He is of course a dramatist, and this skill and capacity plays out in a curious fashion when he creates music. He has developed a variety of personas to explore his musical exploits and at the fore of his debut album offering are: J.Bhoboza! and J.Bhozza!

J.Bhoboza! is from RBK (Rosebank Killarney), in the suburbs of Johannesburg. He is the ever SWAGGER OVERLOADING “Lord of the Skrrr Skrrs”.

J.Bhozza is from 1852/Ndofaya (Meadowlands), in the township of Soweto. He is the ever SHARP FEDERE belching “Nkunzi yaseMakasana”.

In this three way, multiple character, concept album – J.Bobs (the narrator), uses his two character archetypes (and other JB cameos) to explore the varied layers of the societal disparities in the landscape of contemporary South African existence.

At #NAF21, J.Bobs, joined by the dynamic Ub’Dope Shishini Ensemble, will be launching this album in a live and interactive webinar – with a stellar performance of SWAG meets GONG. This Virtual Album Launch is a press release, wherein attendees and participants will also be allowed an opportunity to engage with the music and the characters. There is a grand universe forming here – and you are invited to witness the anchors of its menjik.

Here it is. The long awaited album of the “Maker of the Pots”. Launching at the National Arts Festival. Proudly supported by Standard Bank.


Dramaturgy: Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala
Director of Photography: Gomotso Morobe
Musical Director: Nkululeko Nkosi
Vocalist/Beat Boxer: Simphiwe Bonongo
Project Manager: Nandi Nhlapho

Moderator: Chris Djuma
Participant 1: Nandi Nhlapho
Participant 2: Amukelani Mabaso.
Editor: Khotso Sentso

Ub’Dope Shishini Interns:
Kamohelo Sebudi
Tshepo Rapola
Kamogelo Tinyiko
Lehlohonolo Xauka

Make Up: Ntumekelelo Siyepu
BTS Photos/Films: Suleiman Bismilla
Seen Pha Photos: Mlungisi Mlungwana

Special Thanks to:

The Tin Town Theatre NPC
AFDA, Johannesburg
The Joburg Theatre
Turnkey, Randburg
Garden Studios

Proudly Sponsored by:

The National Arts Festival
Standard Bank, South Africa


Tshabalala is a writer, director, performer, and the founder and owner of the live arts production house, Kiri Pink Nob Arts (Pty) Ltd. As an entrepreneur, he is a founder, an investor and a developer of strategic models – among a plethora of other business hats. As a teacher, he is first a keen student, then a lecturer, a performance coach and a workshops facilitator – among a slew of other education hats.

Tshabalala merges poetry, hip-hop, comedy, and traditional dramatic arts to communicate nuanced and far-reaching stories. His recent work Ekasi Lam – An Ode to Kwaito premiered at the 2019 National Arts Festival.

He is the current Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Theatre (2020/21).