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.
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.
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.
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
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 www.computicket.com 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.
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.