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31 Mar 2011

Auditions for South African Singers for Aids Awareness Concert

Auditions for the South African Artists for Aids Awareness Concert will be held on Saturday 2 April 2011 from 1:30pm to 6pm in the Chisholm Recital Room (C7) at the South African College of Music at UCT.  Eight singers (male and female) will be selected to perform in the concert on Sunday 31 July 2011 at the Baxter Theatre.

Professional singers 23 years old and up are invited to audition. Baritones, tenors, sopranos and altos who are diverse in musical styles from R&B, gospel, musical theatre, adult contemporary and jazz are welcome. They must be musically confident and trained, can harmonize, learn material quickly, perform well, have an exciting stage presence, and have an understanding of the social responsibility of HIV/Aids.

Singers are to bring an up tempo song and a ballad as well as a photo and résumé of themselves. They will be required to sing acapella and in group compositions. There will be a piano accompanist if needed.

Artists must be available for extensive rehearsals during the months of June/July. There is payment involved.

For more information contact Sundae Hendricks on 071 447 9475 or email

Issued on behalf of
The Africa Centre for HIV/Aids Management at Stellenbosch University

Since its formation 10 years ago, The Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management unit for teaching, research and community mobilisation has developed the most comprehensive and largest HIV/Aids management-training program in the world. In addition, the Educational Theatre and Arts division has attained unparalleled success with education, awareness and voluntary testing across the country.

30 Mar 2011

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2011

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival(CTBBJF) has grown into one of the big events on the Cape Town jazz calendar. CTBBJF2011 happens from Thursday, 19 May 2011 until Saturday, 21 May 2011 at the Baxter Concert Hall. On these days the event will start at 19:45

Tickets: R70; R40 for Scolars/Students/Seniors per performance
R180 for all three performances

Tickets available from Computicket

Participating Bands

Thursday, 19 May 2011
#KD Jazz Band (Johannesburg)
#Bergvliet J2
#Pinelands Jazz Band
#Rustenburg Girls’ Jazz Band
#Bergvliet High Jazz Band
#Bishops Jazz Band
#Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band

Friday, 20 May 2011
#Little Giants
#Beau Soleil Music Centre
#Sans Souci Jazz Cats
#Delft Big Band
#Heathfield High Jazz Band
#Rondebosch Boys’ High Jazz Band
#UCT Big Band

Saturday, 21 May 2011
#Wynberg Boys’ Jazz Band
#The S.A. College Junior School Jazz Band
#Westerford High Big Band
#The S.A. College High School Junior Jazz Band
#Wynberg Girls’ Big Band
#The S.A. College High School Senior Jazz Band
#Alumni Big Band

For more info check the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival website at

Also take note of the Cape Town Steelband Festival on 10 June 2011 and
the Cape Town Marimba Festival on 11 June 2011

12 Mar 2011

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2011 - All The Best To The Riders

For those taking part in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2011, wishing you all the best. Some peace of mind, if you hit any technical difficulties, technical support will be on standy with the alternative in the attached picture - the ride may be a bit bumpy though...

photo taken at Chris Willemse Cycles
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

10 Mar 2011

Melanie Scholtz and the Love Apples LIVE @ On Broadway

Melanie Scholtz and the Love Apples LIVE
Sunday, March 20 · 8:30pm - 11:30pm
On Broadway,88 Shortmarket Street, City Centre ,Cape Town

A not to be missed live show with Melanie Scholtz, the Standard Young Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2010 and her incredible band, the Love Apples. A one night only opportunity to catch this versatile singer live in her home town after touring Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Amsterdam,Russia and Norway.

The show features original material as well as standard jazz with a twist from her albums "Connected" and "Living standards". Showcasing her originals like "Listen to the birds" and "Connected" as well as refreshing takes on "In the wee small hours of the morning" and "Look for the silver lining".

Tickets are R60 and CDs will be on sale for R100.
The show starts at 8:30 pm .

09 Mar 2011

Jazz on Sunday with Kyle Shepherd including lunch time performance by Darren English and Mark Fransman

Kyle Shepherd @ Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Wellington
Sunday, 13 March 2011

Please check the poster for details or
check here


Friday, 11 March 2011 · 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Collisions Cigar Lounge
Parliament Street, Cape Twon
Cape Town, South Africa
Entrance: Free

It's the Hansa Pilsener - Trade Activations Function, featuring an AMAZING BAND with
Nicholas Williams (Keys),
Shaun Johannes (Bass),
Marlon Witbooi (Drums),
Lana Crowster (Vocals),
Sandile Gontsana (Vocals)

For more information contact Sandile on 073 101 9663 or
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07 Mar 2011

The Cape Town Composers' Workshop presents Cape Town Goema Orchestra - Goema Symphony No. 1

The Cape Town Composers' Workshop
Parts of Mac McKenzie’s Goema Symphony No. 1 performed by a 25 piece orchestra. 
Feature guest compositions from Derek Gripper, Mandla Mlangeni and Aykes Swartz.

First concert season of 2011.

Saturday 12, 19, 26 March 2011
Concerts start 8 pm, doors open 7:30 pm
SABC Auditorium, 209 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Tickets R 150 pp, available at the door.
Reduced price for students and pensioners R 100 pp
Reservations by e-mail: composers.workshop.ct{@} (remove curlies{} when using)
or SMS to 072 500 22 04

In August 2010, Mac McKenzie debuted his Goema Symphony No. 1. It was the culmination of a process that started officially with seed funding from the Cape Africa Platform in 2005, and that began unofficially back in the days of the Genuines, Mac's punk rock cult band. "I've got sketches going back to the 80s" says Mac, "So this is nothing new, it has been coming on a long time.
What is new is that now we can do it!

"These three concerts take place under the auspices of the Cape Town Composers' Workshop, a not for profit organization created to develop young composers, and network international composers.

The work draws on the indigenous roots of Cape Town music, and tells very distinctly Cape Town stories. Expect banjo, mandolin and gummie drum, added to the traditional symphonic instrumentation, for building the unique Goema groove.

If you are a fan of symphonic music, you will enjoy this fresh approach. And if you think you are not a fan, but love Cape Town music, 'in all its deviant forms', as Mac likes to say, then you will be quite surprised that something symphonic could sound so much like home.

For more info, E-mail: composers.workshop.ct{@} (remove curlies{} when using)

04 Mar 2011


South African Association for Jazz Education - SAJE
18-20 March 2011

The SAJE JAZZ FESTIVAL will take place from Friday18 March to Sunday 20 March 2011 at UCT and at Jazz at the Nassau. This year's SAJE Jazz Festival comprises of 3 exciting days WORKSHOPS and PERFORMANCES by some of the most talented local and international jazz educators and artists.

Workshops will be conducted by

Amanda Tiffin - helping teachers and students prepare for jazz and jazz vocal auditions at tertiary level.
Alistair Andrews - introduction to music technology for school music programs
Bob Sinicrope - teaching jazz to beginners ...
Mike del Ferro (Holland) - networking for musicians
Carlo Mombelli - improvisation
Monique Hellenberg - relaxation techniques for jazz musicians and vocalists
Ed Backhouse - care for Brass

The Dan Shout Band
Mike del Ferro (Holland) - piano, Mike Rossi - woodwinds, Mike Campbell - bass and Heinrich Goosen - drums
Sandile Gontsana - voice and Mike del Ferro - piano
The Darren English Band and special guests .....

The SAJE Jazz Sextet with Gordon Vernick (USA) - trumpet, Mike del Ferro (Holland) - piano, Kesivan Naidoo (SA) - drums, John Baboian (USA) - guitar, Bob Sinicrope (USA) - bass, Mike Rossi - woodwinds

Ulrich Suesse (Germany) - electronics
Carlo Mombelli (SA) - bass, as well as The Roses, Odd Meter Ensemble and the CAFCA BIG BAND - all from Mamelodi,

and more ....

Below is a more detailed program :

Friday 18 March - SA College of Music @ UCT
Teacher training workshops from 3.00pm to 5.30pm
with Amanda Tiffin, Alistair Andrews & Bob Sinicrope

Concert @ 8.15pm in the Chisholm Recital Room (C7) with Mike del Ferro (Holland), Ulrich Suesse (Germany), Carlo Mombelli, Mike Rossi, Sandile Gontsana, the Darren English Band, and some special guests ….

Saturday 19 March - SA College of Music @ UCT
Workshops & performances by Mike del Ferro (Holland), Carlo Mombelli, Bob Sinicrope (USA), Monique Hellenberg, Mike Rossi, Mike Campbell, Heinrich Goosen, the Dan Shout Band, the Roses (Mamelodi), Eddie Backhouse and some special guests ….. from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Sunday 20 March - Jazz at the Nassau @ 7.30pm
Odd Meter Ensemble from Mamelodi led by Jesse Mogale
Milton Academy Jazz Ensemble from Boston
The SAJE Jazz Sextet featuring: 
Mike del Ferro (Holland) – piano
Bob Sinicrope (USA) – bass
Kesivan Naidoo (SA) – drums
John Baboian (USA) - guitar
Gordon Vernick (USA) – trumpet
Mike Rossi (USA/SA) – woodwinds

Friday 18 March - Concert @ 8.15pm - Free for SACM staff and students
Tickets = R50 / *SAJE members/senior citizens/students/learners = R25

Saturday 19 March - Free for SACM staff and students 
Day Tickets = R75 / *SAJE members/senior citizens/students/learners = R30

Sunday 20 March @ Jazz at the Nassau
Tickets: R80 - please contact Cliff Wallis at 076-401-0008 to book
• For more info or to book contact Diane at or 082-515-7051
• Tickets also available at the door!

From Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March we will also be conducting free jazz workshops at various schools in and around Cape Town. Please feel free to contact Diane with any queries or to book. Prices range from R25 to R75 for workshops and concerts.
Some of the guest artists will also be performing at various venues in and around Cape Town - at the Winchester Mansions Hotel Sunday Jazz Brunch and at the Green Dolphin amongst others.

01 Mar 2011

‘Manouche @ Alliance Française Cape Town’ review – Carol Martin

‘Manouche @ Alliance Française Cape Town’
24 February 2011

I heard the Manouche band at Loop Street’s Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, on Thursday, 24 February. Bouncy, sometimes unorthodox in their instrumentation, and always swinging with humour, this funky group specializes in ‘Gypsy Jazz’, a genre emanating from the 1930’s swing era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. And boy, did they swing! These South Africans have launched their first album, ‘The Bloomsbury Incident’ which weaves together various rhythmic and melodic concepts, ranging from American jazz standards to upbeat gypsy-style busking to hotter jazzy expressions. Hard to describe.

They also dressed in the fashion of that swing era: in tuxedos, and dresses with laced half gloves.

The group’s accordionist, Lize Dekker, enthused the audience with her vibrant piano sounds. But it was violinist Rene Stander who kept the two-set evening’s offerings full of bounce with sassy chord runs reminiscent of the Parisian ‘hot jazz’ of the roaring ‘30s. Other band members were fun to watch as they playfully exhibited their instruments. Bernard Kotze on lead guitar composed most of the band’s songs. Thomas Hugo on rhythm guitar also brought out a metal saw which, when bent, resonates tones and blings to add to a song. Unfortunately, this unorthodox instrument’s contributions were drowned out by the frenetic pace of the band. Eldred Schilder (of the musical dynasty family of Schilders) on double bass added the required thump-thump rhythms so characteristic of the gypsy jazz era. Then, Martijn Van Der Merwe added his rhythm from a soap box which he sat on, along with the minimal set of drums.

This was a memorable evening, indeed, with a mixture of fast paced and slower ballad type songs. I should have dressed up in my finest 1930’s Parisian dress, hat, and heels, with lots of make-up, and worn those white laced gloves with which to hold that long cigarette holder!

Review By Carol Martin
Photos: Gregory Franz

"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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