Cape Town

Cape Town Photos

26 Mar 2009

Par Kan Entertainment -publicity production promotion perfection

Craig, congratulations with the launch of your site Par Kan Entertainment.

May you go from strength to strength.

21 Mar 2009

Let's Get It Back to Jonno - Please Help

From Drummer Jonno Sweetman:

I had my cymbals taken from outside my house in Gardens on the 19th march.
It's a ' ROCKBAG' cymbal bag and stick bag.
1x 22 K constantinople light ride with 2 holes in it, 1 of which has a rivet.
1x 20 K constantinople light ride no rivets
1x 22 K dry complex ride
1x 14 K hi hats

The stick bag had over 20 pairs of sticks, mallets, brushes and a pair of shakers.


Jonno Sweetman

Lets get this equipment back to Jonno.

18 Mar 2009

Live album recording - FUN WITH SPIRIT

Live album recording - FUN WITH SPIRIT

Featuring Steve Newman, Greg Georgiades & Ashish Joshi

The Forge, Kalkbay, Cape Town

2, 3 & 4 April @ 8.30pm and 7pm on 5 April

Legendary acoustic guitarist Steve Newman of Tananas teams up with Greg Georgiades and Ashish Joshi to record a new album FUN WITH SPIRIT in front of live audience at The Forge, Kalk Bay on Thursday 2, Friday 3, Saturday 4 April at 8.30pm and Sunday 5 April at 7pm.

The trio will feature a range of acoustic instrumentation with Steve on Nylon Flamenco Guitar, Resonator Nylon Guitar, Contralto and Mbiratar (Nylon Resonator with attached hardwood Mbira). Greg plays Nylon Flamenco Guitar, Oud (North African fretless Lute), Bouzouki and Oudtar, with ‘Beatmaster’, Ashish on Tabla (Indian Classical Drums), Darbukah (Arabic Drum) Dhol and Zarb (Iranian Drum).

Their music is acoustically driven with catchy entrancing melodies, powerful beats and rhythms. The styles are rooted in Africa with rich Arabic tones from the north to ‘Goema’ sounds of the Cape. The show will feature solo performances by each musician as well as duets and trio combinations. They will be recording each night for an album to be released at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year.

Steve Newman is well known across the length and breadth of Southern Africa and recognized internationally where he has toured as a member of the world renowned group 'Tananas' at major festivals including Peter Gabriel's WOMAD festival.

Collectively these musicians have played at every major festival in Southern Africa to rave reviews including Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Awesome Africa, The Morija Festival in Lesotho, Bank Windhoek Festival, Ai'Gams Festival in Namibia, Zanzibar International Film Festival, the Potchefstroom National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn National Arts Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival and further afield for the Prince of Dubai in the Seychelles and the Orange Arts Festival in Reunion.

Tickets cost R110 for each show – bookings and further information through Kerry Friedmann or 082 455 3447

The Forge, 12 Windsor Road, Kalk Bay

12 Mar 2009

Cindy Blackman - A 2008 Highlight

11 Mar 2009

Hanepoot Big Band - Muratie Port Stomping Festival

Muratie Port Stomping Festival, Saturday, March 21st.

Come and stomp the new port grapes, reserve your own bottle of port, and listen to the sounds of Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder's great 18-piece band playing an all-SA programme of jazz – and buy a bottle of Muratie Hanepoot too.

Muratie premium wines, pure beef Chuck Norris burgers and delicious cheese planks will be on sale. Stomp starts at 4pm, music till sunset, tickets: R50.

Venue: Muratie Wine Estate, off R44 between Stellenbosch & Klapmuts. Contact: 021- 865-2330; booking essential.


09 Mar 2009

CODA - It's Still The Music

"Coda (Say ko-da), noun Music: section of a movement added at the end to clinch matters or where all significant themes come together"

With the release of their second album, "African Renaissance", the group CODA, are receiving wider recognition as a group truly representing South Africa on a global level. The track, "It's Still The Music", can be heard on many of the local radio stations.

CODA consists of the following members:
Carol Thorns - cellist
Yolanda Yawa - vocalist, dancer
Christina Chiselev - violinist
Judy Brown - saxophonist
Nick Matthews - DJ, keys, special efx

If you have not seen CODA live yet, catch them at one of the following upcoming events:
Date: 13 March 09
Time: 8 PM
Cost: Free
Location: 70 New Church Street
(see for map)

Cape Town Festival Human Rights
Day Celebrations
Date: 20 March 09
Time: 2 PM
Venue: Company Gardens
Cost: Free

CODA reviews:

Do not forget to get their albums

02 Mar 2009

Concert Photography - PhotographyBB Online

There are many free online magazines. One that I look out for every month is PhotographyBB Online.

Taking photos at live music venues, one have to consider many factors when the light conditions are not ideal. You also have to be very careful that you do not step on the performers toes.

The February 2009 edition of PhotographyBB Online have a brilliant article on Concert Photography, written by Gareth Glynn Ash. The magazine is downloadable in pdf format. Past issues are also available and it is free. Give it a try.

"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

Hamba Kahle Winston Mankunku Ngozi - Tributes

PASS photostream