The importance of cultural events for Cape Town’s city life

City Hall Sessions by Bruce Sutherland

Cultural events have an important role to play in reversing our city’s apartheid legacy, writes Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana. Continued…

June 21, 2013

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What does freedom sound like? City Hall Sessions, on stage and behind the scenes

Cape Town City Hall Sessions audience enjoys the Moreira Project on stage

What does freedom sound like? If you were at the sixth instalment of City Hall Sessions in Cape Town on Saturday 27 April 2013 – the day South Africa celebrated the first post-apartheid elections 19 years ago – you would’ve heard Paul Hanmer, McCoy Mrubata, Amaryoni and the Moreira Project in concert. And perhaps, through their music, you would’ve tasted freedom. What did performing in this particular space on Freedom Day mean for the musicians and for the crew behind the scenes? Alma Viviers went in search of answers. Continued…

May 2, 2013

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How Cape Town got its groove

Photo of Kaapse Klopse by Bruce Sutherland of the City of Cape Town

Music tells its own stories of cities. New Orleans will always be known for its dixieland jazz, Rio for its samba beats and Dublin for its folk ballads. And Cape Town? As a port city, Cape Town has a homegrown sound with influences from four continents. Continued…

April 16, 2013

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City Hall Sessions turns up the heat with three-day minifest

Madala Kunene breaks it down. Photo by Rafs Mayet

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. Continued…

June 26, 2012

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David Kramer on Cape Town, inspiration and velskoens

Original Cavalla Kings with David Kramer

The city’s renowned playwright, director, singer and songwriter tells us where to find inspiration, good food and velskoens. Continued…

May 9, 2012

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Asoka: Sentimental Mondays

Sylvestre Kabassidi

Asoka Bar and Restaurant brings a series of sensational nights of live music every Monday nights. The new generation of African artists will take the stage at Asoka on a weekly basis 20h30.

Sylvestre Kabassidi is a rebel with a sensitive soul whose music breaks stereotypes and takes African song into a new dimension. Armed with acoustic guitar and accompanied by percussion and rich vocals, Sylvestre is part of a quiet revolution in African music that is passionate, classic, and expressive.

Representing the new generation of African artists whose music emphasizes fragile melodies and poetic lyrics, his music is cosmopolitan, yet rooted in tradition, simple in arrangement, but rich in sentiments.

Asoka is an elegant Victorian Town House transformed into a modern cocktail lounge that oozes comfort and relaxation. Feel at home as you indulge in delectable tapas, mouth watering cocktails and the soothing sounds of Sylvestre Kabassidi’s music.

Join us for a guaranteed great Monday dining experience.

To avoid disappointment, call or info us for a table reservation:

Tel: 021 422 0909 / 073 722 6113


April 16, 2012

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Kyle Shepherd CD launch concert


Highly acclaimed South African Jazz pianist and composer, Kyle Shepherd launches his new album, ‘South African History !X’ with a concert at the Baxter Concert Hall on 5 April 2012.

The concert line-up is formidable, with Shepherd (piano), Buddy Wells (sax), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums) – who all feature on the new album – as well as Darren English (trumpet/flugel horn) and Ethan Smith (alto sax).


  • When: 8h30pm Thursday, 5 April 2012
  • Where: The Baxter Concert Hall, Rondebosch, Cape Town
  • Tickets: R90 (R80 for students & pensioners – cards required)

Book at or call 0861 915 8000.

Further performances at the Mahogany Room

Kyle Shepherd will be appearing at the Mahogany Room in April and May alongside The Louis Moholo-Moholo Uplift the People Band, The Kesivan Naidoo Quartet as well as his own trio.

Find out more information on Kyle Shepherd’s website.

March 19, 2012

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Nelson Mandela to be Honoured in a Musical Tribute


World icon, Nelson Mandela is to be honoured yet again – this time through a musical tribute. Continued…

June 14, 2010

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City selects 159 acts for World Cup performances

The City of Cape Town has selected over 1 100 highly talented artistes from all over the Cape Metropole to perform at the City’s official World Cup events from 11 June to 11 July with well-established and professional artists. Continued…

May 25, 2010

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An intimate music venue at the City Hall is available for hire


An exciting new space for music has been established in the Cape Town City Hall as part of the Imagine City Hall campaign. Continued…

April 19, 2010

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