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30 May 2010

Lion's Head on a Sunny Autumn Day

Facing Table Mountain you cannot really overlook Lion's Head to your right. You cannot visit Cape Town, without taking a walk up Lion's Head.

The walk up to the top is a moderately easy walk, but with all walks up the mountain, please take the necessary precautions. Note that there is an alternative to the chains.

Undoubtedly, the walk up to the top will offer you some of the best panoramic views of Cape Town.

For more info please check these links:
Lions Head Hike
Lion's Head Full Moon Hike
Hiking Guidelines from CapeNature

19 May 2010

FIFA Fan Fest - Cape Town

16 May 2010

2010 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards

The Amy Biehl Foundation will be hosting the third annual Youth Spirit Award event on 14 August 2010. Nominations for this annual award are based on 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 the finalists and winner from the nominations. At the event, the winner will receive prizes to the value of R25 000 which includes a Damelin bursary. Two runner-ups will each receive prizes to the value of R5 000 which includes a Damelin Mowbray bursary. The organisation supported by the winner, the school the winner attends and the winner’s nominator will each receive a prize.

Amy’s mother, Linda Biehl and the Mayor of Cape Town will be handing over the award. Please circulate the nomination forms to teachers, friends, students – anyone in a position to nominate someone for this prestigious award - to give them the opportunity to send in their nominations.

Click here to download 2010 YSA Nomination form


Nominations must meet the following criteria and provide enough detailed information, or they cannot be considered.

#Young people ages 14-19 (at the time of nomination) are eligible.
#Nominee must have volunteered – within the last 12 months – specifically in the area of community involvement, service or outreach.
#Groups may not be nominated.

Please fax Nomination to 086 611 3189 by 12 July 2010.

14 May 2010


Master saxophonist, singer and band leader for more than 30 years, Robbie Jansen will blow you away with his charismatic style in the Theatre @ Bridge House on Saturday 22 May 2010.

Robbie is one of the Cape's leading entertainers and has been a driving force in the development of the 'Cape Jazz Style'. Despite his illness, Robbie packs a powerful punch with his special style of jazz, and still wows audiences with his signature rendition of Georgia on my Mind.

Robbie will be joined by Allou April, Errol Dyers, Kyle Shepherd Trio and ESP Fusion to provide a wonderful evening of entertainment. The proceeds of the concert will go towards providing Robbie with oxygen to fill his lifeline: the oxygen tank to which he is permanently connected.

Tickets cost R100 per person, and can be purchased from Jenny Jones at Bridge House reception.

Telephone 021 874 8100 or email

Bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. Doors open at 18h30. Show begins at 20h00. Cash bar.

For directions please check these links:

11 May 2010


Badilisha Live – a poetry performance platform for African voices - returns to host five outstanding local and international poets at the Cape Town City Hall on 21 and 22 May, 19h30.

The stellar line up includes World Slam Poetry Winner, Anis Mojgani from the USA, local talent Blaq pearl, rhythm-driven wordsmith croc E moses, Candian/Jamaican star d’bi young and Emmy-Award winning artist, Kwame Dawes.

The event will be followed by music. Food and bar.
Tickets are R 60 at Computicket

For more visit or call 021 422 0468

10 May 2010

Kyle Shepherd Trio in Concert:UCT College of Music

Kyle Shepherd Trio in Concert
SHANE COOPER double bass
KYLE SHEPHERD piano, saxophone, voice

Friday, 21 May 2010, 20:00
UCT College of Music

R60.00 (R40.00 Students & Pensioners: proof required)
To book click here or
email call 079 256 9030

For his Debut Album ‘fineART’, Shepherd earned two South African Music Award 2010 nominations for ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album’ and ‘Best Newcomer’. Watch out for news of his next Album release, a Live Trio Album entitled ‘A Portrait of Home’ which will be out shortly.

The Trio will perform Shepherd’s original compositions.

Shepherd draws his musical influences from the traditional rhythms, melodies and harmonies of Cape Town, South Africa as well as Jazz music and ethnic traditional music of the world. Abdullah Ibrahim, Zim Ngqawana, Robbie Jansen, Keith Jarrett and Jason Moran all count amongst those who have inspired Shepherd musically, spiritually and creatively.

“My music is a direct representation of my traditions and the lineage of artists that came before me, and I am merely a portrait of their mastery.” Kyle Shepherd

College of Music Map:Click Here

07 May 2010

Mary Lou Williams Centennial Celebration: From Swing to Sacred Music, a Journey of Faith

Got this info from my friend Richard Nelson - if you are going to be in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on Sunday, 9 May 2010, do not miss out on this:

Pianist Geri Allen & narrator Fr. Peter F. O'Brien S.J. celebrate Mary Lou Williams centennial with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra -- May 9, 2010

Mary Lou Williams Centennial Celebration: From Swing to Sacred Music, a Journey of Faith

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, with pianist Geri Allen, will perform May 9 at 8:00 pm at Boston College Robsham Theater, celebrating the centennial of jazz great Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981).

Tickets are $20, available at the Boston College Box Office Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. til 4:00 pm. Visa and Master Card, no service charge. After Friday, May 7 at 4:00 pm, the box office will be closed until Sunday, May 9 at 6:30 pm. Free parking. MBTA Green Line (B Branch, Boston College Station).

The May 9 concert is the only major Mary Lou Williams centennial tribute currently planned in New England.

Mary Lou Williams stands alongside Duke Ellington as one of our great American composers, and yet her work is seldom heard. This is a rare opportunity to hear her magnificent music, from swing to bebop to modern concert music and sacred works.

Geri Allen played the role of Mary Lou Williams in Robert Altman's film Kansas City and has performed Williams' music at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Duke University, and many other venues, in addition to touring internationally and collaborating with such notables as Ornette Coleman, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, Dr. Billy Taylor, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Betty Carter, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion, Clark Terry, and Ravi Coltrane, to name a few.

The concert will be narrated by Father Peter O’Brien, S.J., who was Mary Lou’s longtime friend and manager and now serves as Executive Director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation. Also on the bill: BC bOp! the jazz ensemble of Boston College led by Sebastian Bonaiuto, and The Mary Lou Williams Centennial Choir of Boston College (JoJo David, director).

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by founder and music director Mark Harvey, is now in its 37th season. Winner of the 2000 Independent Music Awards, Aardvark has premiered more than 100 works for jazz orchestra and has released 10 CDs including 5 discs on the Leo Records label.

"Mary Lou Williams is perpetually contemporary. Her music retains a standard of quality that is timeless. She is like Soul on Soul."Duke Ellington

05 May 2010

Cape Town for Haiti Concert

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake which hit Haiti on 12 January 2010, caused major damages which are going to take a very long time to repair. Although it is almost four months since the disaster struck, the people of Haiti is still in great need to alleviate some of the consequences of the earthquake.

Some very respected artists in Cape Town "will be raising their voices to raise much-needed funds for our fellow man in need. Book at Computicket now and support the cause."

07:30PM, 12 May 2010, Baxter Concert Hall

Baxter Concert Hall

04 May 2010

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP - Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2010.

As part of the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2010 celebrations Marcus Wyatt will be a guest artist with the UCT Big Band and he will be participating in the Alumni Big Band.

Marcus will also be hosting an improvisation workshop. Details below.

Date: Friday 28th May 2010

Venue: Room C7, S.A. College of Music, Rondebosch

Time: 15h30 – 17h30

Bookings: email
Please register your attendance early as seating is limited.
Attendance is free.
Don’t forget to bring your instrument

02 May 2010

FEYA FAKU LIVE @ Darkie Café

Trumpeter Feya Faku plays music from his new and fourth album, Hope and Honour. The 10-track album was recorded live at Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland with renowned Swiss jazz musicians. “Ornette Coleman might be meeting a very South African preacher, as jagged, edgy motifs resolve into a rousing bluesy, gospel shout”, says Business Day columnist and author Gwen Ansell describing one of tracks in the new CD.

Saturday 08 May 2010
Darkie Café,
(cnr. Anderson & Ferreira Streets)
Johannesburg CBD


Feya Faku – trumpet and flugelhorn
Mthunzi Mvubu – saxophones
Nduduzo Makhathini - piano
Herbie Tsoaeli – contrabass
Ayanda Sikade - drums

For bookings please contact Charlotte @ (011)-4921556 or 0733908090.

"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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