Seen Pha kwa J.B!

Jefferson Tshabalala, Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre

Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala is a writer and a director. Nkululeko ‘Muchacho’ Nkosi is a composer and an arranger, while Simphiwe ‘Beatz Emlonyen’ Bonongo is a beatboxer and vocalist. Tshabalala is often found ‘behind the scenes’. Nkosi, often rests ‘behind the scores’, with Bonongo behind the ‘verbal orchestra’.  This ever collaborating trio team up once again, this time, for the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Theatre production called “J.Bobs Live – Seen Pha kwa J.B”.

This is a faux concert which plays out as a collection “Of Prose. Of Poems. Of Plays.” J.Bobs returns to the stage to embody variations of his ‘J.B!’ character archive and catalogue, in a series of vignettes that are ‘Prosaic, Poetic and Playful’.  Tshabalala has professed repeatedly that he is a ‘Sketcher’ who makes ‘Sketches’ in a field called ‘Sketching’.  He is convinced that this method of approach is the one that is best poised to enthral new and dynamic (black) theatre audiences, and offer to versatile thespians, a new way of executing performance and content creation.

What story? There is none! Go to a Play for that. This is a ‘Sketch’. With ‘Sketchers’. All of them ‘Sketching’. J.Bobs on Lead Vocals. N.Nkosi and S.Bonongo on the beats. A 6-Person Acting and co-Devising ensemble known as Kwasha The 3rd. 9 bodies of Ub’Dope, all exploding onto the Main-(Stream)Stage, to create a fantastic and memorable experience for abantu bonke – QHA!

CHAPTER 1 : A Vuka Actor Intro. By: J.Bobs

CHAPTER 2 : aboSwanker beSwagger – By: J.Bobs, Simphiwe *B.E* and Kwasha The 3rd! 

CHAPTER 3 : The Money. The Whites. The Reviews.  By: J.Bobs feat. Sydney Ndlovu and Tshepo Matlala

CHAPTER 4 : Side Chick Makhwapheni #1 – By: J.Bhoboza feat. Sydney Ndlovu and Tshepo Matlala

CHAPTER 5: Side Chick Makhwapheni #2 – By: Moose Goose

CHAPTER 6 : The Darkie Author – By: J.Bobs feat. Sydney Ndlovu and Tshepo Matlala. 

CHAPTER 7 : Side Chick Makhwapheni #3 – By: All Hit Wonder

CHAPTER 8 : Side Dick Makhwapheni #4 – By: Star Bunny

CHAPTER 9 : To Wits or to Vurts? That is the Degree – By: J.Bobs feat. Sydney Ndlovu and Tshepo Matlala

CHAPTER 10 :Catchy Sing Along #1 – By: J.Bhoboza feat. Sydney Ndlovu and Tshepo Matlala. 

CHAPTER 11 : Catchy Sing Along #2 – By: DeeVision

CHAPTER 12 : These Broken Feelings – By: Moose Goose and All Hit Wonder.

CHAPTER 13 : La Khoth Del Swag  – By: J.Bhoboza 

CHAPTER 14 : Bheja S’Jole – By: Moose Goose and All Hit Wonderful. 

CHAPTER 15 : uBhoboza Podcast (Towards a Mzansi Hip Hop Theatre) – By: J.Bobs! 

CHAPTER 16 :  uBhoboza – Lord of the Skrrr Skrrr!

CHAPTER 17 : Location Lekeyshini Lokasie

CHAPTER 18:  Victor and the Venacs! (To Mogodu or to Haggis – That is the Conundrum)

CHAPTER 19: Victor and the Venacs (Kale Tuesday)

CHAPTER 20: The J.Bobs Let’s Play Texts! (Of Prose. Of Poems. Of Plays)


  • Genre: Theatre
  • Format: Video
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: Multi-lingual
  • Ages: PG
  • Available From: July 5, 2020


Ub’dope Shishini in association with Kwasha Theatre Company, Market Theattre Foundation and National Arts Festival present J.Bobs Live – Seen Pha Kwa JB! (Of Prose. Of poems. Of Plays)

Directed by: J.Bobs Tshabalala
Music by: Nkululeko “Muchacho” Nkosi

For Kwasha
Dinsthitile Mashile
Joel Leonard
Mosie Mamaregane
Sboniso Thombeni
Upile  uThixo bongco
Wonder Ndlovu

Composer – Jefferson Tshabalala
Music direction – Nkululeko ‘Muchacho’ Nkosi
Beat boxing – Simphiwe ‘Beatz’ Bonongo

Videography – Gomotso Morobe
Assistant videographer 1 – Sizwe Dube
Assistant videographer 2 – Tebogo Sandile Mfaba
Stills – LuNgelo Mntambo

For Market Laboratory
Clara Vaughn
Rudy Matseatsea – Kwasha Manager
Thozama Buseka – Marketing Manager

For Ub’dope Shishini
Jefferson Tshabalala – Director
Nandi Nhlapho – Production Manager
Noluthando Jevu – Production Administrator
Jackson Tshabalala – Marketing Manager
Khanyisile Malatsi – Stage manager

For National Arts Festival
JHB Production Manager – Thabo Pule
JHB Technical Manager – Barry Strydom
vNAF Production Manager – Abby Thatcher

For Market Photo Workshop
Hoek Swaratlhe – Photographer
Mngoma Mphahlele – Photographer

Make up
Thandeka Sincadu

Special thanks to: Market Theatre Foundation, National Arts Festival, Standard Bank, Market Laboratory, and the true heroes of this productions: Ub’Dope Shishini Team

Photographs on this web page by: Mlungisi Warren Mlungwana