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22 Feb 2011

The Rockin' Accordions at Kronendal, Hout Bay

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21 Feb 2011

Trio of Afro-jazz masters All-in-One at the Fugard Theatre

Trio of Afro-jazz masters All-in-One at the Fugard Theatre
Steve Newman, Errol Dyers and Hilton Schilder will perform together at the Fugard Theatre as their band All in One, from 1 – 5 March 2011.

The trio of masters, all three respected musicians and composers in their own right, pay homage to centuries of music practice in Africa and around the world. Their styles are distinct, and their mastery is displayed in the collaborating ways that they blend to create a new sound.

With Dyers and Newman on guitar and Schilder on percussion, they will perform their own compositions, and will also add a few more unique instruments to tell musical stories that originated in Cape Town’s District 6 and, like them, have made its journey all over the world to defy categorization.

All In One plays at the Fugard Theatre from Tuesday 1 March to Saturday 5 March 2011 at 20:00 nightly. Tickets cost R150, with balcony seating at R130 per ticket. Bookings are through the Theatre’s Box Office on 021 461 4554 or with Computicket on

About the Fugard Theatre:
The 270-seater Fugard Theater is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. Construction of The Fugard Theatre was underwritten by its founding producer Eric Abraham, and is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright.
All seating is now reserved and can be booked on line at or the box office on 021 461 4554.
Those interested in the theatre should contact the Fugard Theatre General Manager Daniel Galloway on or Production and Marketing Associate Alicia Vincent-Price on

17 Feb 2011

Manouche Jazz Band Live - The Gypsy Jazz Album Launch 24 Feb 2011

Manouche Jazz Band Live - The Gypsy Jazz Album Launch
24 February 2011, 20:30 - 11:30
Alliance Française Cape Town, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town

Entry R60 (R50 for Alliance Française members)

Manouche got together as a result of a group of musicians' love for the style of music called Gypsy Jazz. This style was created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli in 1934 and is a unique blend of American jazz standards and gypsy rhythmic and melodic concepts. This vibrant mix resulted in the hottest of Hot Jazz.

The band consists of Bernard Kotze(lead guitar, composer), Thomas Hugo(rhythm guitar), Rene Stander(violin), Lize Dekker(accordion, vocals), Eldred Schilder(double bass) and Martijn Van Der Merwe(percussion).They have been playing together for the last 3 years but have only recently burst onto the scene and are making waves in various venues and festivals across the Western Cape. With sometimes unorthodox instrumentation and a good deal of original material they truly make the style their own.

Their first album is entitled 'The Bloomsbury Incident' and it consists of 10 original tunes as well as 2 old gypsy standards. With a basis of gypsy jazz they have weaved together a number of different influences to keep the music dynamic and always interesting. It is a roaring celebration of 1930s Parisian Hot Jazz but with a slight modern twist.

For more info or to book please contact us at or call 0842954000.

Alliance Française Cape Town

12 Feb 2011

Maraka Live @ Cru Cafe

Saturday, February 12, 2011 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Crucafe Green Point
Cape Quarter Lifestyle Shopping Centre, 27 Somerset Road,Cape Town

Come prepared to enjoy a fantastic evening with Maraka and come prepared to DANCE!!

No entrance fee
Dress code: smart casual with a summer feel..
Drinks are fairly reasonably priced.

CruCafe is a restaurant and wine bar where you can feel free to relax, have dinner and drinks with friends.
No age limit :)

Marce Underwood -Vocals
Claude Cozens -Drums
Chad Honigswach - Bass guitar
Keanan Arendse - Guitar
Lenrick Boesack - Saxophone/Keyboard
Sisonke Xonti - Saxophone

09 Feb 2011

infecting the city 2011

INFECTING THE CITY: the Spier Public Arts Festival returns to Cape Town for the fourth time from the 21st to 26th February 2011 to shake up and energise the Mother City.

A project of the Africa Centre (, this public arts festival places provocative, innovative art in the communal spaces of the City’s Central Business District (CBD). Everything on the festival programme is free and accessible to everybody.

The theme for the 2011 Festival is Treasure, which encapsulates the vibrant and cosmopolitan diversity of Cape Town. The Festival invites everyone to appreciate, take ownership of and celebrate the cultural riches that are often overlooked, neglected or discarded. The Festival will explore through original new art works: a variety of cultural expressions that often exist on the margins of society; what we consider waste; the people that make our City work; and the rich architectural and natural wealth of the Cape.

Some of the cultural gems that will be showcased include the chanting of Sufi sacred texts by a group of Senegalese men, a martial art based on the knife-fighting techniques of the Cape Flats, hip-hop 'B-Boy duels', and the traditional riel dances of Khoisan farm workers.

The Festival hub will be located on the newly refurbished Forecourt of the Cape Town Station – the 'Gateway to the City', which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2011. A highlight at the Station will be a music stage hosting three daily concerts featuring the sounds of our diverse cultural communities: from Japanese Teiko drummers to Congolese folk songs, and symphonic Goema to Xhosa initiation songs.

A collective of visual artists will also be developing art works throughout the Festival on the Station Forecourt. They will be creating large-scale works out of recyclable materials taken from the daily domestic garbage of five specific communities in Cape Town.

Across the City, a number of local and international artists will make works that reveal several hidden City treasures such as underground rivers, forgotten heritage sites and intriguing people.

Introducing Public Arts to the youth, Infecting the City’s educational programme 'Arts Aweh!' proudly sponsored by Santam, will bring 120 Grade 10 school learners into the City every day to engage with the arts and the riches of the City.

Says Brett Bailey, Infecting the City’s curator: "Infecting the City 2011 is a Festival for all the people of Cape Town. The City’s various communities all have their distinctive cultural expressions. The arts of Xhosa stick fighting, Indian sari-wrapping or European opera singing all have long traditions and deep subtleties. These arts are the rich carriers of culture and history. It is a delight to be able to display a variety of the Cape’s gorgeous gems in the beautiful treasure box of our City."

Festival schedule:

More Information:
Enquiries:021 422 0468
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Sandile Gontsana Quartert "LIVE" @ Khanya Coffee Shop

Sandile Gontsana Quartert "LIVE" @ Khanya Coffee Shop,
18th Feb. 2011 (7:30pm),
44 Belvedere Road, Claremont (map)
R30 cover charge @ the door
Bookings: Please call 021 674 5510 or 073 101 9663

ft. Sandile Gontsana (Vocals)
Ludwe Danxa (Keys)
Rosco Roman (Bass)
Joshua Khoele (Drums)

07 Feb 2011


An invitation from Chimurenga

A Chimurenga Session in collaboration with Glänta
@ The Chimurenga Factory (3rd Floor, Pan-African Market, 76 Long St.)
Wednesday February 16, 2011 from 6pm

Recently the Swedish literary magazine Glänta disguised themselves as Chimurenga and released a translation of Chimurenga 11: "Conversations with Poets Who Refuse to Speak". This issue revolved around the attempt to conceptualize silence not only as an expression of repression but also as a form of active resistance; as a refusal to speak (Read Eurozine’s review of Glänta’s versioning here.

In an effort to deepen and transform the collaboration with Chimurenga, three visiting editors from Glänta will give a multi-layered talk investigating the poetics of silence.

Hedvig Härnsten will present "Failed Encounters: Reasonable Inquiries and Unreasonable Answers" - a look at history, testimony and the stuttering of language.

Göran Dahlberg explains why "There Is Never Going to Be a Revolution by Ghosts" – an exploration of mimics and beliefs, expulsion and returning, gaps, cover ups and the lack of peace.

And Linn Hansén will uncover why "It Is Hard to Count All the Events of History but It Is Easy to Begin" – an examination of the smell of the north, what is historical and what is not, the chain of events, the deeds of great men and the importance of the potato.

Cash bar available.
Admission is Free.

About the Participants:
Linn Hansén is a poet and curator of the Göteborg Poetry festival in Sweden.

Hedvig Härnsten studied comparative literature at the University of Stockholm and is currently working on a project on literary form and formlessness.

Göran Dahlberg is the founder of Glänta and the author of books, in Swedish, on ghosts and secret cities.

Chimurenga is a pan-African journal of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town.

Chimurenga - who no know go know

05 Feb 2011

New Look - Stunningpress

I changed the template for this blog. The template I am using is called "Stunningpress" and it is available from

The template have a magazine look and feel and is very easy to implement.

One of the few issues I have with the template is with the intro thumbnail on a blog post summary. If the first image in your post is in portrait format, the intro thumbnail looks stretched. I like the post thumbnails though - just have to remember to have the first image in a post in landscape format

I did not use the slider because the site takes a bit longer to load if you use it.

I prefer using a two column setup with one main column and a sidebar. The template also comes with social bookmarking icons.

There is still some cleanup to do and I want to shift some things around but the migration to this new template was fairly easy.

02 Feb 2011

Carol Thorns Live - Red Cello Landscape

Catch electric cellist Carol Thorns at Alliance Francaise, Cape Town on 10 February 2011, performing her show Red Cello Landscape.
More info here: Carol Thorns Live

Carol Thorns Live
10th February 2011, 20:30
Alliance Francaise, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tickets: R60 at the door (R50 for AF members)
Contact: 021 4235699

"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

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