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30 Aug 2009

What Are Your Words Worth? - SPEAK THE MIND POETRY SESSIONS at Artscape

Following a very successful five year run in Johannesburg as part of the Joburg Arts Alive Festival, Speak the Mind Poetry Sessions return to Cape Town for the second time from 2 to 5 September 2009 at the Artscape Arena. Performances on 2 & 3 start at 19:30 and on 4 & 5 Sept they commence at 20.00.

“What Are Your Words Worth” is the theme this year and promises another dynamic line-up of poets and performance artists from the Cape, Johannesburg and Nigeria. There is a free a panel discussion with esteemed members that include Hale, Iain Robinson and Melisizwe Moni as well as associates from diverse word industries such as advertising, film and print.

Live rAGE! - A living tribute to a living legend opens the sessions on Wednesday 2 September with a performance tribute to James Matthews, the original dissident poet. A writer, publisher and one of Africa’s most gifted cultural activists and intellectuals recently celebrated his eightieth birthday. Live rAGE! celebrates his life and honoures his contribution to South African literature.
The performance features interpretations of a selection of James Matthews’ poetry by a dynamic cast of poets, actors, musicians and dancers directed by the playwright Michael Wentworth with musical direction by Glen Arendse and choreography by Leanne Göhse. To complete this unique tribute a live work of visual art will be created by Garth Erasmus as a backdrop to the performance in keeping with the idea of collaborative creation which was the underlying motivation for the establishment of the collective known as Vakalisa of which both James Matthews and Garth Erasmus were a part.

The tribute features Glen Arendse, Garth Erasmus and Jethro Louw from Khoi Konnexion; Chris Ferndale, Zenariah Barends and Primrose Mrwebi from the Cape Cultural Collective; the poets Khadija Heeger and Angelo Lackay; musicians Dex Goodman, Darren English and Sakhile Moleshe; and the actor Tauriq Jenkins.

This tribute has been developed by Two Brothers’ Art and is realized through the commitment and passion of a host of individuals and organizations including Artapart Productions and Events, Six-Nine, Artscape, Tagore’s, SAtoritech, the Cape Cultural Collective and District Six Museum.

The performance is at 19.30.Tickets are R100 or R160 with a copy of ‘Age is a Beautiful Phase’. Book through Computicket outlets.There is free preview at 12 noon the same day.

On 3rd September is the free panel discussion and on the 4th Speak the Mind presents “Spit Fire” (hot from the Grahamstown festival) by the Durban bred MC Creamy Ewok Baggends; graffiti writing head from the WK? crew, Illuminating Shadows, Slam champion, Hip Hop activist and a proudly South African rapper.

The four day programme culminates in a finale on Saturday 5 September with a line-up of highly acclaimed and respected artists from South Africa and the African continent that include - Sage Has.son who hails from Nigeria, Napo Masheane, Mak Manaka from Johannesburg and Cape Town based poets : Melisizwe Moni emcee and poet, Dajavu Tafari, Nobuhle Ketelo, Kanyi Mavi, Ronelda Kamfer, Jon-Arthur Lewis and Sjaka September.

And by popular request multi-instrumentalists Madala Kunene with his steel string acoustic guitars and mouth bow presents his original compositions sung in Zulu, English and Fanigalo.

Speak the Mind is an all-inclusive form of urban beat and spoken word escapism Book now through Computicket outlets, Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Pick’n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite outlets. Or on line

Entrance to the Panel Discussion on Sept 3 is free and the events on 4 and 5 September cost R50. Block bookings for 20 or more, Pensioners, Students cost R30 and Schools per group of 60 learners R25 each. These prices do not include the performance on 2nd September 2009 - Tickets for Live rAGE! on the 2nd cost R100 (without the book) and R120 with a copy of ‘Age is a Beautiful Phase’.

For more information contact Teba Shumba 083 758 2136 /

Brought to you by LNM Entertainment in association with Artscape’s Indeginous Arts Department and generously supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa.

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26 Aug 2009

Tony Schilder Benefit Concert

Mention the name Tony Schilder amongst music lovers, and immediately the song "Club Montreal" comes to mind. Tony is one of South Africa's most well known jazz pianist.

Recently, he was struck by illness to such an extent that he cannot perform anymore.

For a musician or any artist to be in the industry for so long, one would expect that there should be social structures in place that would look after or support the affected person when struck by a misfortune like illness. Unfortunately, this does not exist.

Some of Tony's fellow musicians and friends have undertaken to host a concert to raise much needed funds for him.

Musicians and artists who have committed to share their time and talent to perform include Ian Smith, Sammy Webber, Sammy Hartman, Robbie Jansen, Alistair Andrews, Alvin Dyers, Denver Furness, Mark Fransman, Frank Paco, Richard Ceaser, Gary Kriel, Ivan Bell, Buddy Wells, Mark Goliath.

The organizers would like to appeal to the corporate and private sector as well as government and the general public to please support this effort.

If you would like to sponsor anything please contact Terry fortune at

If you are a musician, please come and contribute your talents towards this effort.

The concert will be held at Club 021(Swingers Jazz Pub and Restaurant) on Sunday, 30 August 2009. Starting at 16:00
Swingers is located at 1 Wetwyn Rd, Wetton. From the mountain side, you follow Wetton from Rosmead side, go past the racecourse, over the M5 bridge, and, as soon as you go over the next (railway) bridge, take the first turn right. Swingers is straight ahead of you. Turn right before you drive into it!

The entrance fee is a minimum donation of R50.
Note that there will also be a VIP section where the fee will be a minimum donation of R100.

If you would like to book, please contact Terry Fortune at

24 Aug 2009


After their huge success at the young.euro.classic in Berlin, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band will welcome the National Youth Orchestra and National Jazz Orchestra of Germany who will tour the country from the 30th of August till the 6th of September under the motto ‘Jazz and Classical Music for Fairness, Unity and Democracy’. Concerts will be held in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and 60 years after the establishment of the German Constitution have prompted the German National Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra to co-operate and tour South Africa together with a form of music that merges jazz and classical music - the so-called “Third Stream”. The two orchestras’ celebration of the birth of a third stream is linked quite consciously to the growing together of the two halves of Germany and symbolises the power of music to transcend borders.

This symbolism will find special expression by the fact that the tour is supported by both the South African and the German governments. The main German funders of the tour are the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, the Daimler AG, the German Music Foundation and the German broadcasting corporation Deutsche Welle. The main funders of MIAGI from South African side are the Department of Arts and Culture, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Pretoria, the Southern African – German Cultural Fund of the Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Goethe-Institut Südafrika

There are original compositions for classical and jazz orchestra on the musical schedule. Over 120 young German musicians will appear together on the stage for George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, probably the best known example of the strong influence of jazz on classical music. Young German and South African musicians will perform together in Gideon Nxumalo´s “Jazz Fantasia” in an arrangement for symphony orchestra and big band by Denzil Weale, commissioned by MIAGI and funded by the Goethe-Institut Südafrika.

Conductor of the concerts is Bernd Ruf, one of the leading musical personalities in the field of classical crossover. He has worked with renowned orchestras and soloists of classical, jazz, rock, pop, and world music such as Christian Lindbergh, Gwyneth Jones, Kim Kashkashian and Paul McCartney. The soloist for “Rhapsody in Blue” is Caspar Frantz, born 1980, one of Germany’s most exciting and promising pianists of the younger generation and recipient of the German Music Foundation of Music Life award.

The German Music Council, responsible Body for both of the National Orchestras, has been supporting music for over 50 years as they see it as an indispensable, integrating element in society. Through sponsorships to individuals, youth projects, amateur music and promotion of contemporary music the council keeps supporting the growth of musicians. As a member of the UNESCO international music committee the German Music Council has taken it upon themselves to unite young musicians from across the globe in the concept of music as a “moving force.”

Founded in 1969, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany brings together the best young musicians from all over Germany. The Orchestra has embarked on many national and international concert tours under the direction of celebrated conductors such as Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg or Andrey Boreyko.With the continuous support of the German Music Council it has become on of the world’s leading youth orchestras and many of the former orchestra members have gone on to become well known soloists as well as members of top professional orchestras.

Founded in 1988, the National Jazz Orchestra of Germany (BuJazzO) winner of the 1997 German Music Prize, sponsors qualified and talented young jazz musicians in Germany. As an institution involved in the musical training of young people, it is unique of its kind worldwide. Peter Herbolzheimer has been in charge of the orchestra for 18 years and is the force behind its international success.

Dates of the tour:
30 Aug, 15h00 – performance together with the Black Tie Ensemble within the Capital Arts Festival (CAF) – State Theatre, Pretoria
31 Aug, 20h00 – performance - Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg
2 Sept, 19h30 – performance - Sand du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein – in collaboration with the Free State Youth Orchestra
4 Sept, 19h30 – performance – Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth
6 Sept, 15h30 – performance - City Hall, Cape Town – in collaboration with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

(tickets from R75 to 110, with discounts for pensioners and students are available at Computicket)


23 Aug 2009

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Monday Night Jazz Jam - Happens every Monday evening. Music starts after 21:00 at Club 021, Swingers Jazz Pub and Restaurant, 1 Wetwyn Road, near Wetton station, Wynberg. Entrance Free. For info call 021 762 2443. Go enjoy the music or if you are a musician, go jam with other musicians..


Jazz and Braai with the Alvin Dyers Trio
From September 2009 at Carnival Court.


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22 Aug 2009

Music, Fast Cars, One Foot Planted Firmly in Cape Town

Well, sometimes, he has both feet planted firmly in Cape Town.

Over the past few years, John Edwin Mason surely have learnt to know Cape Town better than some home born Cape Town inhabitants. His keen interest in the Cape Town culture, can be witnessed here.

Please check out his blog - leave a comment.
John Edwin Mason: Documentary and Motor Sports Photography

21 Aug 2009

SANGE's debut album "Xola" launch

A dynamic, vibrant, eclectic singer who defines with finesse a new meaning to Afro-pop, Afro-jazz and traditional South African music.

Following her debut album release “XOLA”, Sange recently had the opportunity to perform at the World Economic Forum where she had president Jacob Zuma and Helen Zille amongst dignitaries and heads of African States dance to her music.

Since Sange’s CD release, she has launched her album in Khayelitsha where she received an overwhelming response and will have a media launch at Moyo, Stellenbosch, Cape Town the 29th August 2009. This will be followed by a launch in Johannesburg date yet to be announced.

Sange’s has been featured on the TV program Hectic 99, SABC2. She also had several interviews with numerous radio stations such Radio Zibonele and Valley FM. Her music is enjoying radio airplay at radio stations such as Umhlobo Wenene, Heart 104.9, Radio 2000 and SA Fm to mention a few.

Sange is currently planning a national tour around Schools, Colleges and Universities this summer to promote her debut album.

Vocalist, dancer, drummer, percussionist and songwriter Neliswa Sampi Mxunyelwa, born in Worcester in 1979, started singing at the age of 8.
Her stage name, SANGE, depicts her performance presence. It means “hug” as she embraces and takes care of her audience by healing their souls through music.

Sange was the lead vocalist for recording group Inkokheli. With them, Sange performed extensively in venues such as G Spot, V & A Hotel, Green Dolphin, Manenbergs’ Jazz Café, Spier, as well as parliament private functions.

As a backing vocalist and dancer, Sange toured the Eastern Cape and South American countries such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina with renown artists such as Lungiswa Plaatjies and Don Laka.

Sange is also a member of a musical show entitled Under African Skies aka Diamonds and Dust with whom she performed around Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Johannesburg, Durban, Barhain (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Turkey.

Sange has taken part in the Jazzathon since 2001 with different acts such as Inkokheli, Prompt Project, Lunguiswa Plaatjies and with her own band.

Media launch at Moyo Restaurant, Stellenbosch, Cape Town the 29th August 2009.

The concert will be FREE for all.

Moyo Restaurant, 5 Apostles Marquee
Situated at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Saturday 29th August

8:00 pm for 8:30 pm

Xiluba Music CC
19 Werda Rd
Cape Town
South Africa
tel / fax +27-21-7052160
Cell +27-82-4983743
Cell +27-82-2953907

YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL - Artscape Theatre Saturday 22 Aug 2009





Saturday 22 August at 19h30


On Saturday 22nd August 2009 at 19h30 in the Artscape Theatre, 15 exceptionally talented young classical music instrumentalists and singers will perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at the annual Classical Music Festival.

Celebrating its 38th year, the Youth Music Festival (YMF) is presented by Artscape and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and serves as a launching pad for young accomplished musicians in playing on a professional concert stage.

Theodore Kuchar, the internationally acclaimed conductor once again conducts the varied exciting two hour programme with musicians selected from over 50 participants in auditions. Considered amongst the finest of the Western Cape’s extraordinary young classical music talent, their ages range from 12 to 26 years and include -

Jessie Brand (12) on Violin, Michel Duffett (17) Violin, Carla van der Merwe (18) plays Clarinet , Anouschka Slager (19) & Jennifer Pott (20) perform a concerto for 2 flutes, Megan-Geoffrey Prins (19) Piano, Irene Kim (19) Piano, Maudèe Montierre (19) Soprano, Annelize de Villiers (21) Clarinet, Friedel Mitas (22) Soprano, Nozuko Teto (26) Soprano and The Hugo Lambrechs Saxophone Quartet features Lize van der Merwe (15) Soprano Sax; Hamman Schoonwinkel (16) Alto Sax, Jan Retief (16) Tenor Sax and Levi Alexander (18) Baritone Sax.

The main criteria for candidates are that they are bona fide music students, that they perform at a very high standard and are resident or studying in the Western Cape. The age restriction for participants is 23 for instrumentalists and 27 for singers. Because the emphasis of the festival is a celebration of young musical talent and not a competition, the appeal of the works presented, as well as good variety in the overall programme content, plays an important part in the final selection of these soloists/musicians.

The adjudicating panel this year is represented by Alastair Cockburn (Artscape), Aviva Pelham, Daniel Neal (CPO) and Ronnie Samaai (Member of the CPO Board of Directors).

Alastair Cockburn stated that; ‘It is a young musician's dream to perform with a real symphony orchestra. There is something so scintillating about such an experience and much of the biggest repertoire and most exciting to listen to and perform is in the concerto field (instrument with orchestra) or in the opera field (voice and orchestra). Very few ever get this opportunity, even as professionals. It's only the top performers that can persuade orchestral managements to "give" them a concert. Quite a few previous participants have made it on the concert stages of the world. These young musicians are most fortunate to be working with an international conductor with huge experience and an impressive profile, having worked with many of the world’s great soloists of our time.

Aviva Pelham, recognized for her significant opera performances, winning many awards and her ongoing contribution to the music industry said; ‘One of the most special highlights in my life has been the thrill of performing with an orchestra - nothing can prepare you for the excitement and the gigantic challenge, enveloped by the wondrous, diverse orchestral sounds, an audience full of anticipation and the sheer privilege of the opportunity.

Sourcing young fresh talent is one of my passions, so being part of the panel of adjudicators for this year’s Youth Music Festival has been most gratifying. It is heartening to realise just how much rich talent we have in this country. Let’s hope these young aspiring professional musicians will benefit greatly from this unique opportunity of performing with an orchestra of this calibre. May this exhilarating experience motivate them further to fulfill their potential and forge successful careers.’

The inception of the YMF dates back to the opening of Artscape (formerly the Nico Malan Theatre) in 1971. In that year, an orchestra was formed by David Tidboald to service the various performing arts genres (opera, ballet etc) attached to the new theatre centre. He also had the vision to start the youth music festival concept whereby young instrumental soloists and singers would be given the opportunity of performing annually with a professional orchestra. In 2003, on the initiative of the Artscape Audience Development and Education Department, the Youth Jazz Music Festival came on board and was presented as an extension of the original concept. This year’s Youth Jazz Festival was held on 6thJune. It was of a very high standard and the increase of applicants from young jazz musicians wishing to participate in the mentorship programme was significant.

Both the Classical and Jazz festivals are generously supported by the Distell Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Amongst this year’s exciting works at the Youth Music Festival are - Cimarosa: Concerto in G major for 2 Flutes (2nd & 3rd movements); Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (3rd movement); a Concerto on themes of Stephen Foster for a Saxophone Quartet; Mozart’s Dove Sono from The Marriage of Figaro (Soprano); Donizetti - O luce di quest anima from Linda di Chamounix (Soprano).

Tickets cost R60. Pensioners and students R30.00. Block booking less 10% for 10 or more. Book through Computicket, Artscape Dial-a-Seat, 021 421 7695, Shoprite Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and online - For more information contact Debbie Damons on 021 410 9915.

19 Aug 2009



23 August 2009, 18:30
The Forge
12 Windsor Road, Kalk Bay

Founded by Chris Tokalon (vocals, sax, flute, hang*) SoulBird have formed a multi-faceted trio of talented musicians. Along with their original compositions they combine to create a varied and eclectic blend of evocative and inspiring music. As a listener you are transported irresistibly on a soaring world music experience where cultural boundaries blur then vanish.

Their show is anchored on a solid foundation of conventional Western music genres (mainly contemporary jazz, folk, rock and blues) and decades of experience in performance and composition. From this solid platform they invite you to take flight on a globetrotting journey, visiting your imagination on exotic musings to India, Africa, Tibet, the Middle East, Australia and the Caribbean. Tablas (Indian finger drums), Tibetan singing bowls, Oud (Middle Eastern Lute), Didgeridoo (origins in Australia) and *Hang (miniature steel drum with origins in the Caribbean) combine with saxophones, flute and guitar for a vividly colourful, musical event.

SoulBird are :

Christopher Tokalon on vocals, sax, flute and hang
Ronan Skillen on tablas, didgeridoo and extended percussion
Peter Nordling on guitars, bass and hoüd.

6.30 for 7pm

Bookings : 072 220 3736


The Forge, 12 Windsor Rd –you park at the parking lot on cnr Main Rd and the start of Boyes drive and walk to Olympia Deli. Left into Windsor and 40m up to nr 12 .

Bring own drinks, snacks

14 Aug 2009

ALL IN ONE featuring Errol Dyers, Steve Newman and Hilton Schilder




A meeting of 3 musical luminaries

Errol Dyers, Steve Newman and Hilton Schilder

Sunday night, 16 August 2009, 8pm at Melting Pot, 15 Church Street, Muizenberg Village

These 3 cosmic travelers have been collaborating on a new album which will be released internationally in 3 weeks.

This CD will take you on a journey from the slopes of Table Mountain to the heart of the Kalahari, to the plains of Argentina…and more

ALL IN ONE featuring Errol, Steve and Hilton was recorded at Swette Shoppe Studios, Muizenberg.

150 Certified Limited Edition Studio Copies, containing additional studio takes are available, besides the international public launch edition.

Contact Jai for further info 082 442 7922 or

Tickets at R80 available Melting Pot - 021 7889791

06 Aug 2009

Earthwave 2009

Living on the coast and just around the corner from Muizenberg, Earthwave is something that you cannot ignore. Remember the excitement in 2006 when the Guinness World Record was set at Muizenberg when 73 surfers rode the same wave.

Then Brazil took the record in 2007(84 surfers) and 2008(100 surfers).

This year, Earthwave South Africa will happen over two days - Saturday, 3rd October and Sunday 4th October - at Muizenberg.

Please click here to read more about it.


UCT ALUMNI CONCERT 2009 - Celebrating Excellence in Music

Celebrating Excellence in Music

Thursday 13 August - Baxter Concert Hall @ 8pm

Featuring internationally renowned alumni performers

Jimmy Dludlu,
Nina Schumann,
Melanie Scholtz
Pretty Yende
Mike Campbell & the UCT Big Band

Cape Town – UCT is proud to announce a concert celebrating the excellence of South African College of Music alumni, on Thursday, 13 August 2009 at 8pm at the Baxter Concert Hall. This year’s celebration features Jimmy Dludlu, Nina Schumann, Melanie Scholtz, Mike Campbell and Pretty Yende. All are UCT graduates and multi-award winning musicians, recognised internationally, who are generously donating their performance at this UCT Alumni Concert to raise funds for music student bursaries.

"Giving back is the challenge to UCT alumni," says Jimmy Dludlu, who has made this objective one of his career goals with the work he is doing in South African townships and universities across the continent. "There are opportunities for UCT alumni in their own way to help develop their communities and support UCT projects as the musicians in this concert are doing".

Jimmy has previously appeared in South African College of Music concerts and flies in from Angola, where he has been teaching. As a performer he is appreciated by millions and has shared stages with artists such as Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Al Jarreau, Gilberto Gil, George Benson, Youssou N’Dour, and Buena Vista Social Club. Jimmy. His style combines both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from, among others, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny, as well as South African legends Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masekela, Themba Mokwena and Allen Kwela. He is particularly drawn to the sounds of west and central Africa, as well as Latin America, but jazz remains his first love. His numerous original compositions fall within the tradition of what has been loosely termed Afro-Jazz.

Dr Mike Campbell, Associate Professor and convener of the Jazz Studies Programme at the SA College of Music directs the UCT Big Band.

Nina Schumann, who is a professor at the University of Stellenbosch, will perform with her husband, Luis Magalhães. The Magalhães-Schumann Piano Duo, or TwoPianists, have presented their repertoire across South Africa, the USA, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

Melanie Scholtz graduated in 2000 and lectured in jazz vocal studies at UCT from 2004 to 2005. She is in great demand as a jazz singer but is equally comfortable performing in other styles: pop classical, R&B or electronica. She returns from performing in Europe for this concert.

Pretty Yende recently made headlines by winning all the top prizes at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna - including a season at La Scala.

The UCT Alumni Concert was initiated three years ago to honour the South African College of Music graduates and raise funds for the music bursaries. Selaelo Selota, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Mngoma and Francios Du Toit performed at the previous concerts.

UCT Alumni is honoured to be associated with these acclaimed musicians and acknowledges their ongoing support and contribution to the music industry and the communities

Tickets cost R120. Book through the Baxter Box Office (021 685 7880), Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers, Pick 'n Pay outlets and on line

UCT Staff, Students & Alumni Graduates pay R100 and may only be booked at the Baxter Box Office.

05 Aug 2009

The Best of Tete Mbambisa

Although he was very influential in many jazz musicians in South Africa, jazz pianist and composer Tete Mbambisa is one of our overlooked legends.

The first time I bought an album by Tete, was round about in 1979. Titled - "Did You Tell Your Mother". It was on casette. In fact I still have the casette case, but the casette is gone.

I did not know about Tete then, but the reasoning for buying it - Basil was playing on it.

The album was also released on cd. Currently it is very difficult to find, so if you see one, do not hesitate to buy it.
The musicians on this album are:
Tete Mbambisa - Piano
Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee - Tenor Sax and Flute
Zulu Bidi - Bass
Monty Weber - Drums

Sadly, except Tete, all these great musicians have passed on.

Rashid Vally was responsible for most of Tete's recordings and I think is also sitting on some of Tete's unreleased material. Today you rarely see any of Tete's music in the music shops.

The good news is that Tete recently compiled a cd which contain tracks from his albums:
Tete's Big Sound
Did You Tell Your Mother

It is titled The Best of Tete Mbambisa.

This is the track listing:
Black Heroes
Thembile's Workshop
Past Time
Stay Cool
Trane Ride

The cd is available from Tete. If you are interested in buying a copy, Please call me on 0833107556 or email me on

04 Aug 2009

Ethan Smith Quartet Farewell Jazz Concert

The Ethan Smith Quartet featuring some of Cape Town’s most promising young musicians namely Ethan Smith (alto sax), Kyle Shepherd (grand piano), Dylan Tabisher (double bass) & Warren Adams (drums) appear live in concert at 19h30 on Saturday, 8 August 2009 at UCT’s College of Music [C7], Rondebosch.

Join us in what promises to be a spectacular ‘Farewell Jazz Concert’ to bid Ethan bon voyage on the eve of his departure to Norway where he will continue his Jazz Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music until June 2010. Smith is one of only two (2) young jazz musicians (the other being Wathiq Hoosain) who was selected to participate in a Music Exchange Programme between the Norwegian Academy of Music and the South African College of Music (UCT).

Zim Ngqawana, Robbie Jansen, Abdullah Ibrahim, Buddy Wells all count amongst the South African Master musicians who have inspired Smith. He also shows a keen interest in the music of the M-BASE school and its pioneers - Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Jason Moran and Cassandra Wilson.

“My main influences are drawn from the rich Cape Town, South African and African musical styles and traditions; as well as Jazz and improvised music.” says Smith.

This talented saxophonist and composer is the winner of the 2009 Pick ‘n Pay / Fine Music Radio Award. Smith is also a member of The Kyle Shepherd Group.

Tickets: R50.00 (at the door)
Enquiries: Ethan Smith - 082 449 4653

Poster: Desiree McKie / Photo: Ference Isaacs

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award & Commemoration Event 2009

The Amy Biehl Foundation will be hosting the second annual Youth Spirit Award event on 15 August 2009 at Marimba Restaurant at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Nominations for this annual award are based on evidence of the nominee’s initiative and dedication in service to others. The Award goes to young people who are already making a difference. Our hope is to challenge them to greater heights of service through the recognition of the Award and exposure to Amy Biehl’s life and work. A Selection Committee will choose three finalists from the nominations. At the event, the winner will receive prizes to the value of R25 000 which includes a Damelin bursary for 2010. The runner-ups will each receive prizes to the value of R5 000 which includes a Damelin Mowbray bursary for 2010. The organisation supported by the winner, the school the winner attends and the winner’s nominator will each receive a prize.

A 14 – 19 year old youth will be announced the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award Winner for 2009. The winner will be selected by a panel from the entries submitted as someone who is making a big difference in their community.

Be inspired by the wonderful work of the South African youth and the talent of the Amy Biehl Foundation children who will be performing with Aviva Pelham.

15 August 2009, 14:00 for 14:30 – 17:00
Marimba Restaurant, Cape Town International Convention Centre

R150 per person. Snacks provided – Cash bar available.

RSVP by 7 August to:

"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

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