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15 Jul 2012

The South African Artists for Aids Awareness Concert 2012

The South African Artists for Aids Awareness Concert 2012
Sunday 29 July 2012, 18.30 - Artscape Theatre
Entertainment for the entire family.

Tickets cost R100 for this two hour concert and may be purchased from Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, on line or calling 0861 915 8000

The Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management, a non-profit organization linked to the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University, is hosting its annual mid-year installment of the ‘South African Artists for Aids Awareness’ concert on 29 July 2012 in the Artscape Theatre at 18.30. Always sold out, this popular event is suitable for the entire family

Jimmie Earl Perry the Director states: ‘This year presents an opportunity to acknowledge August as the International Women’s Month. Although we at the Africa Centre set HIV and AIDS at the forefront of our focus, we also take great pride in celebrating South African and international women in leadership, ‘positive heroes’ and pioneers for their contribution and the sacrifices made towards the curative research of HIV and other human challenges.

Through the creative arts such as music, dance, theatre, photography and comedy, the aim is to continue inspiring more people to help manage and expel the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The Africa Centre salutes the artists and technicians for their dedication and support. I am so very grateful to have the partnerships in this South African community who have come together to bring you an evening of awareness and inspiring entertainment.’

Included in the line-up of artists are - MC Soli Philander, Larry Joe Live, Magician Wolfgang Riebe, Cape Dance Company (Debbie Turner) and  ‘Voices of Love Ensemble’ who feature: Poseletso Sejosingoe (Idols), Amy Campbell, Priscilla Babu, Paul Morrissey, Ronald Ansley Jones, Theresa Dudley, Wendy Alexander and Jimmie Earl Perry. Jimmie is also the Africa Centre’s Director of Educational Theatre and Creative Arts, a multi-talented singer, dancer, all-round performer as well as UNAIDS first Goodwill Ambassador to South Africa.

Music director Andrew Ford (keys), Kevin Gibson (drums), Shaun Johannes (bass) and Aldert du Toit (guitar) are amongst the noted musicians that will perform and accompany the vocalists.

Since its formation 12 years ago, at the request of the Presidency, The Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management is a unit for teaching, research and community interaction and has developed the most comprehensive and largest HIV/AIDS management-training program in the world. In addition, the Educational Theatre and Creative Arts division has attained unparalleled success with education, awareness and voluntary testing across the country.

The first South African Artists for Aids Awareness concert, partnered with the New Apostolic Symphony Orchestra and Choir was held on February 22, 2009 at Silvertown Auditorium with the theme “Here’s to the Heroes”. It celebrated unsung individuals in our communities who were doing exceptional work in the HIV/AIDS field.

This concert continues that tradition with Vuyiseka Dubula a ‘Positive Hero’ and General Secretary of Treatment Action Campaign along with Toni Zimmerman an HIV+ and successful inspirational woman sharing their knowledge and encouragement for the prevention and treatment of HIV.

The Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University

published: 15 July 2012

01 Jul 2012

City Hall Sessions (Cape Town): 5 to 7 July 2012

CITY HALL SESSIONS brings the heat to Cape Town’s winter with its second line-up for 2012, starting on Thursday 5 July, with its final show on Saturday 7 July. The three day ‘minifest’ of music will offer a range of voices and explore pieces from the jazz genre to contemporary African flavour.
The opening night offers a feast for lovers of South African Jazz, with a big band experience directed by Silent Revolution Music, who also ran last year’s acclaimed “Winter Jazz Series”. The line-up includes featured principals such as Errol Dyers, Khaya Mahlangu, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) and the legendary Morris Goldberg (whose participation is facilitated by Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown) with narrative by actor David Isaacs.

On Friday 6th, audiences will groove to Closet Snare, complete with a 12 piece string section and special guest stars Inge Beckmann, Bokani Dyer and EJ von Lyrik, before Joe Nina and MXO take the stage.

The Contemporary African Music Session wraps up the hat-trick on Saturday 7th, with a programme that includes guitar icon Madala Kunene and a rare Cape Town performance from Caiphus Semenya.

A photographic exhibition called "Not Just Divas" (courtesy of MOSHITO – The South African Music Conference) will be on display in the space. The exhibition includes 30 photographs of women musicians from, or performing in, South Africa; a pertinent study ahead of August 9ths women’s day.  Workshops for 45 music school (instrumental curriculum) students will be held over the three days. The daytime workshops will be mentored by several of the featured musicians.

Funded by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund (NLDTF), City Hall Sessions is a project of The Cape Town Partnership’s Creative Cape Town programme, and is  aimed at bringing a diversity of world class music performance into the heart of the City.

Tickets prices range from R 40 to R 150, including substantial discounts for students, and are available from Computicket commencing Friday, 22 June. The March  programme of City Hall Sessions sold out a week prior to the concert therefore bookings are essential.

The concert starts at 19h30 on Thursday and 20h00 on both Friday and Saturday evening, at the Cape Town City Hall.

2012 will see further City Hall Sessions in September.

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"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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