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30 Sep 2010

Frank Paco & The CT Young Lions feat Rodrigo Galvao

Frank Paco will be hosting a World Jazz performance this Saturday 2nd of October, featuring a vibrant Brazilian Percussionist and the CT Young Lions who are emerging so fast into the limelight of Cape town's Jazz scene with their skillful performance.

Frank Paco(drums) - Performance with the band Queen backing artists such as Bono, Jimmy Cliff, , Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrews Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May, Peter Gabriel at 46664 concert.
Other concerts with: Jonathan Butler, Ronny Jordan, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Dludlu, VJR, Tucan Tucan, Loading Zone to name a few…

Rodrigo Galvao is co - founder member of Brazil and Australia's most sought after band "Samba Mundi".
He has vast drumming and percussion playing experience.

Darren English a Young Dynamic Trumpet Player who has studied in the Norwegian Music Academy and now at UCT, he is rising so fast as one of the best performers and making a name for himself in the Cape's Jazz Scene.
He has also performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Hailing from Mozambique Helder Gonzaga  on Bass, has just returned from a Scandinavian Tour. He is a genius pulling the bass strings.

Nick Williams on Piano is one of the most Sought after Session Musician in the city, he also leads his own Jazz Trio.

Nathan Carolus on Guitar, has just performed extensively in the Middle East as well as in the local Jazz Scene.

The Rainbow Room at Mandela Rhode's Place, Cnr Church and Burg Streets.
Entrance to the building's parkade is in Burg Street

The show will commence at 8.30PM,Saturday 2 October 2010
Adm is R60.
Student Adm fee R40

For bookings at the Rainbow room please contact Sarah on 021 422 1428

26 Sep 2010

Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Southern African Tour 2010

Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Arts Council, presents a Southern African tour by Imperial Tiger Orchestra a Geneva-based music group that performs songs from the Golden Age of Ethiopian modern music (1969 - 1978)
Endres Hassan from Ethiopia playing the Masenqo

Inspired by the Golden Age of Ethiopian modern music (1969-1978) Imperial Tiger Orchestra is soon to hit the live music spots of Southern Africa. Their tour includes Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban as well as Harare and Maputo and is presented by Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Arts Council.

While preserving the natural beauty of the Ethiopian melodies and sound, this six-piece Geneva-based orchestra is not to be mistaken for a covers band. Improvising and experimenting, the musicians explore uncharted territories with their powerful instrumentation of horn, percussion and keyboards, adding distortion and noise to the revamped and reworked original vocal songs with the sax or keyboard replacing the singer.

Embracing dark hypnotic rhythms, obsessive basslines and grooves from electronic music, the orchestra surprise and impress with their use of the traditional Thai "phin" guitar together with the traditional Ethiopian "kebero" percussion. Band members include leader Raphaël Anker (trumpet), John Menoud (baritone saxophone), Alexandre Rodrigues (keys), Cyril Moulas (bass guitar and phin), Julien Israelian (drums) and Luc Détraz (percussion).

A special feature of their Southern African tour is the inclusion of Ethiopian musician Endres Hassen, who plays the masenqo, a traditional single-stringed violin.

Their first performances are at the Pan African Space Station (PASS), on Wednesday 29 September at 19h00 at the Slave Church, 40 Long Street, Cape Town and on Friday 1 October they perform at the Albert Hall, 208 Albert Road, Wood Stock, Cape Town at 22h30. Tickets for both venues are R30 if booked through Computicket or R50 at the door.

On Saturday 2 October, the Tigers perform at The Mannenberg, Harare at 21h00. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Thursday 7 October they are in Maputo at encontrARTE, CCFM at 20h30. Tickets cost 200MZN at the door.

Friday 8 October, at the Bassline, 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg. Performance time is 21h00 and tickets cost R60 at the door.

Their final concert is on Saturday 9 October at 19h30 at the Poetry Africa Finale, BAT Centre, Durban. Tickets are R50 at the door.

Founded by Raphaël Anker, Imperial Tiger Orchestra began with an invitation from Cave12, the legendary experimental live music event in Geneva. Given carte blanche to play what he liked, Anker took the opportunity as an admirer of Ethio-Jazz to experiment with a particular music scale, common in Ethiopian music and what they played at the start of their union was more in the style of free jazz and ‘noise’.

In 2009, the group’s commitment to Ethiopian music was sealed when they, via an invitation from Francis Falceto (the curator of the anthology series “Ethiopiques”), performed at the Musiques Ethiopiennes festival in Addis Ababa. By all accounts, the group was the sensation of the festival, impressing Falceto, established Ethiopian musicians as well as local audiences.

Raphaël Anker says, ‘We are very excited about playing with Endres. The masenqo is really important in traditional Ethiopian music and it presents a challenge for us to incorporate this into our sound. Endres is considered today as one of the best players in Ethiopia’.

For more information about Imperial Tiger Orchestra and their tour contact Eitan Prince at Pro Helvetia Cape Town 021 465 9033 / 083 254 8789

25 Sep 2010

World Record at Earthwave Beach Festival 2010

Guinness World Record attempt + Longboard and SUP contests
Surfing and sustainable lifestyle event
Saturday & Sunday, 25 & 26 September 2010
Muizenberg, Cape Town

There will be action aplenty at the Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg this weekend as Cape Town’s surfers try to break the Guinness World Record of 110 riding on the same wave alongside talks and displays on environmental issues, a photographic exhibition, contests for Longboard surfers and Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUP) and fund raising for worthy causes, before reaching a climax at a huge after-party on Sunday evening.

The fourth annual Earthwave event also features plenty of activities for youngsters, including a Dig for Gold with thousands of Rands in prizes, development surfing, a survey on starting a local surfers environmental organisation, calculating your carbon footprint, a tourism quiz with prizes, free books and CD’s on sustainable lifestyles, free beverages from Loaded Smoothies and Monster Energy and loads of give-aways, sticker showers and competitions.

The highlight will be the Guinness World Record attempt on Sunday, when even more than the 443 surfers of all ages who set the record last year are expected to take to the surf in sunny weather and ideal one metre rolling waves. Registration of participants starts at 10am and all participants line-up on the beach in a spectacular display of the diversity of the surfing lifestyle at 12.30.

Entering the surf at 12.55, half a dozen or more attempts will be made between 1pm and 2pm to get more than 110 surfers riding the same wave for 5 seconds or more. This all takes place under the watchful eye of the Shark Spotters (who will have additional staff on duty), a pair of Billabong / Monster Energy Jetskis in the surf and the reassuring presence of a flotilla of NSRI craft behind the break while highly trained paramedics from Medics in Motion and also the local Lifeguards are on-hand for any eventualities on the beach.

The Ticket to Ride Foundation will be bringing 15 rookie surfers from Masiphumelele to participate in the record attempt. Using surfboards and wetsuits kindly provided by Surfing South Africa as part of surfing’s national controlling body’s transformation program, which is supported by Sport & Recreation SA and the Lotto, the youngsters will also enjoy a hearty meal donated by Compass Bakery.

The festival gets underway at 8am on Saturday with a nationally rated Longboard surfing event run by the WP Longboard Club that has attracted top exponents from all over the country where the winners will be crowned on Sunday morning. The Coreban SUP races run between 10am and 12noon on both days and will utilise an ‘M’ shaped course through the surf that ensures spectators will be close to the action in this burgeoning watersport discipline.

All-day activities on both days include the works of renowned photographer Nic Bothma who will be displaying images from previous Earthwave events and also big-wave action around the Peninsula. There is also the opportunity to get some exercise and raise some funds for Spin 4 Charity, who will be conducting trials for the their own 24 hour Guinness World Record attempt at next year’s Earthwave festival.

Well known environmental organisations such as and the 90 x 2030 Project will be presenting talks on climate change and sustainable lifestyle options and 3rd Rock Energy will display solar and wind turbine energy generators. The Climate Action Partnership will calculate your carbon footprint, with prizes for those with the lowest impact on the environment, and there will also be a display and information on marine creatures by Save Our Seas and the Shark Spotters.

The event is supported by the City of Cape Town with the Environmental Resource Management Dept have providing copies of their excellent Smart Living Handbook in print and digital versions for those seeking the best way to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, along with copies of their guide to Western Cape Beaches. And Cape Town Tourism will be hosting a quiz with prizes just after 12noon on Saturday.

Spectators and participants alike can show their support for the meritorious efforts of the Sunflower Fund on behalf of leukemia sufferers by purchasing a Bandana at Earthwave and wearing it during the world record attempt.

Earthwave is supported by Loaded Smoothies, who will be dispensing their range of delicious and nutritious health drinks to participants and spectators, and will distribute tens of thousands of Rands of branded products in competitions, a raffle and competitions.

Products up for grabs include top-of-the-range footwear from Kustom, chairs using environmentally friendly materials designed by TV personality Aidan Bennetts, top-class Derevko Wetsuits, Hemporium bags and apparel made from environmentally friendly hemp, clothing and accessories from O’Neill, Caves Surfwear and Billabong, sunglasses from VonZipper, shoes from New Balance and surf wax from Palmers.

There are also magazines from Zigzag, vouchers from top restaurants such as the Empire Café, Rafikis and Octopus’s Garden, a year’s subscription of surf forecast SMS’s from Wavescape and Bulk SMS and much, much more.

The 2010 Earthwave Beach Festival culminates in the Corona Earthwave After-Party at the recently renovated Brass Bell in Kalk Bay starting at 5.30pm on Sunday. Starring surf band Little Kings, the after party will also feature the Corona promo-girls, surf movies from the Wavescape Film Festival, more prizes and give-aways and the announcement of the official number of surfers on one wave earlier in the day.

For further information see the Program of Events at and the Facebook group Earthwave Beach Festival 2010 where video footage on how seriously participants train for the event, produced by the Fabulous Boomtown Boys, can be viewed.

The Earthwave Beach Festival is produced by Kahuna Promotions and proudly supported by Wavescape, the official online and surf forecasting partner for Earthwave.

Contact for details on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyles initiative

15 Sep 2010


"The Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a 30-day music intervention on the internet and in venues across greater Cape Town from September 12 – October 12.

It is an initiative of the Cape Town based curatorial team of Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga (the Heliocentrics), in partnership with the Africa Centre. Now in its third year, PASS continues its cross-cultural and cyber-spatial exploration, bringing together diverse pan-African sounds from ancient techno to future roots."

Check out the website at

Watch out for the live in studio events or just pop in at 44 Long Street, Cape Town.

Also, do not forget about the Live Events they are staging across Cape Town from Tuesday, 28 September 2010 until Saturday, 2 October 2010. PASS "...plays host to genre-busting music outfits from global Africa dedicated to exploring new musical territory."

Be sure to book your tickets early at Computicket. tel:083 915 8000, 083 131, 011 340 8000

Pan African Space Station

On FaceBook: Pan African Space Station - the sound of 21st century Afriglobalism

Flickr: PASS_2010's photostream

...And if you do not believe this, go check out Bianca, the otha ship in St George's Mall, Cape Town...

04 Sep 2010



Venue: Swingers Jazz Cafe, Wetton
Date: Sunday 03 October 2010
Time: 18H00 till late

Musicians free....


Donation: R50

RSVP: Tribute 078 6652 167


01 Sep 2010

ATHLONE ACADEMY OF MUSIC - Annual Jazz Concert 2010

"The Athlone Academy of Music (AAM) is a non-profit organisation established in 1994 with the sole aim of providing music tuition within the Athlone area. This initiative has now expanded and has grown to include the greater Athlone community residing along the Klipfontein corridor including Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Retreat, Steenberg, Atlantis and Malmesbury to name but a few."

The aim of the AAM is to "To identify and develop the musical talents of persons from historically disadvantaged communities and others."

On Saturday, 4 September 2010, the AAM is having their Annual Jazz Concert. Top jazz artists who will feature include Melanie Scholtz, Richard Caesar, Basil Moses, Zelda Benjamin ,Connolly Big Band ,Geroes (with Tyrone Appollis) , Mamela and more.

4 September 2010, 15:00 - 18:00
Athlone Civic Centre
Admission : R70.00
Block Bookings of 20 or more @R50.00 p/p

Please contact the Director Thurston Brown @ 078 220 4655 or office 021 697 2120

Athlone Academy Of Music

"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