Zulu on our stage

Zulu on our stage

SOLO ACT: Celeste Ntuli, 38

Celeste Ntuli expects "all five of the Zulu people in Cape Town" to come out and show their support.

There’s a Zulu on our stoep this weekend when comedienne Celeste Ntuli blows into town.

Cape Town is a significant stop for Celeste.

Although she’s performed here before, it will be her first solo show in the Mother City.

“Please. All five of the Zulu people in Cape Town must come out to see the show,” she jokes.

“I know there’s not a lot of Zulu peeps in Cape Town, but come on and make me feel
welcome.”

Celeste, 38, is on a countrywide tour with her show, Black Tax, and says everyone can relate to the laugh out loud situations she sketches.

“So I will say to a white person in the audience: “Just imagine you’re black and need to pay lobola,” and I will get that look of horror, but it works,” she tells the Daily Voice.

“Zulu is just a funny language. It’s the little things that’s funny. But people shouldn’t worry because the show is in English,” she quickly reassures.

Celeste has been breaking new comedic ground and she wasn’t even trying.

“Only after I took my first one woman show (Seriously Celeste in 2010) around the country did they tell me I was the first woman to do that, and there are other (female comedians) like Tumi Morake and Tracey Klaas,” she says.

Black Tax refers to those ‘loans’ you make to family and you just know you’re never going to get it back.

Celeste says it’s a universal problem.

“I had this gig and I had to insist I get paid because I needed to go home to Empangeni and you can’t go without cash. Because for years your mom could live without aluminium windows but now the windows must be changed,” she laughs.

Black Tax is on at the Baxter Theatre on Saturday and tickets are R140, available from Computicket.

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