This is “Zamrock!!”
Take a trip to psychedelic Southern Africa with veteran rockers Jagari Chanda and Rikki Ililonga as they prepare for a journey to France to perform the innovative Afro-Global musical brew they created in the 1970s to an international audience for the first time. This is “Zamrock!!” is a promotional short for a documentary feature scheduled to coincide with Zambia’s 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in 2014-15.
Derek Gripper :: Jarabi (Toumani Diabaté)
Derek Gripper’s arrangement of Toumani Diabaté’s “Jarabi” at the Long Street Slave Church in Cape Town (May 2012). This performance sees a 21-string kora composition from Mali finding expression on a six-string classical guitar at the same venue in which Diabaté performed in 2009. Gripper’s work as a “translator” of the West African kora appears on his 2012 album One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali.
Derek Gripper :: ’56 (Ali “Farka” Touré)
Derek Gripper launched One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali at the South African Slave Church Museum in May 2012. Playful yet poignant, the album sees the unprecedented arrangement of 21-string West African kora music on six-string classical guitar. The album features Ali “Farka” Touré’s “’56,” which is derived from a Guinean revolutionary song. From Conakry to Timbuktu to Cape Town, “’56” speaks of music’s ability to shrink time and space, uniting three seemingly disconnected African states and, coincidentally, a period of 56 years, into a single performance.
Kyle Shepherd :: South African History !X
Kyle Shepherd’s music is not only a form of personal expression but also reveals bright collaborative sparks with his trio and guests and is seeped in South Africa’s collective consciousness. South African History !X (2012) is an album that sees Shepherd unravel the matrix of social and historic influences that inform his compositions.
United Opposition Parties :: Secrecy Bill Meeting
A creative journalism piece documenting the United Opposition Parties’ public meeting concerning the “Secrecy Bill” on Saturday 17 March 2012 in Khayelitsha. Excerpts of speakers from the participating parties and weaved together to reflect a shared position on the issue at hand while Mangosuthu Buthelezi, whose Inkatha Freedom Party plays a key role in bringing opposition parties together, concludes proceedings by evoking the spirit of a new movement.
Ernestine Deane & The Vision
Ernestine Deane’s multi-faceted artistic trajectory has seen her fronting the electro combo MoodPhase5, a group that propelled Cape Town sound into the “naughties” with the millenium masterpiece Steady On (2000). A softer solo release, Dub for Mama, appeared in 2007 and she has crafted moving, socio-historic performance pieces in recent years. Her current trio, Ernestine & The Vision, blends rhythm with soul and features percussionist Brian de Goede and Texito Langa on drums.
Cape Town Motif :: Conrad Hicks
Motif is a web-doc series showcasing members of Cape Town’s design community. Against the backdrop of Cape Town being selected as World Design Capital 2014, this pilot “webisode” features one of our city’s many extraordinary creative talents. Conrad Hicks, a blacksmith who works in the iconic Bijou building in the suburb of Observatory, shares his thoughts on the overlapping worlds of toolmaking and sculpture.
Mama Goema :: Film Trailer
If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, the pizzazz of the Klopse, a driving primal beat and lots of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional and the classical into the distinctive sound of Cape Town, Mac McKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of the Genuines and the Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts the final touches on his most recent creation, “Goema Symphony No. 1.” Musicians Hilton Schilder, Ernestine Deane and Kyle Shepherd add context while the Cape Town Goema Orchestra rehearses for its première.
Bokamoso Ba Rona :: Youth Dialogue Forums
In early 2011, representatives of South Africa’s youth assembled in Caledon in the Western Cape to take part in the Parliamentary Millennium Project’s Youth Dialogue Forums (forming part of the broader Bokamoso Ba Rona Youth Campaign). Participants took part in workshops and forums, articulating the needs and concerns young people in South Africa.
All In One :: Live at the Rainbow
South African acoustic supergroup All In One performing live in Cape Town (January 2011). Errol Dyers, Steve Newman and Hilton Schilder create sonic tapestries with influences that include flamenco rumba, gypsy swing, tango, maskanda and goema. Their self-titled composition “All In One” features Dyers on flute, Newman on guitar and Schilder on ǀxaro and cajón.
Cape Town Goema Orchestra :: A-Flat Major
An excerpt from the opening movement of Mac McKenzie’s Goema Symphony No. 1, filmed and recorded at SABC Studios Auditorium in Seapoint (Cape Town, South Africa) on 28 August 2010. This inaugural performance of the Cape Town Goema Orchestra saw the ground-breaking combination of indigenous South African sounds (including Khoi-San mouth bow, minstrel banjo, klopse percussion and jazz brass) with classical instrumentation.
Goema Symphony No. 1 :: Concert Teaser
Accompanying the inaugural performance of the Cape Town Goema Orchestra in August 2010, this viral video jams the recorded output of composer Mac McKenzie into just over a minute, pairing album artwork with cinéma vérité interview footage. McKenzie emerges as an eccentric artist while visual and audio cues identify goema as the underlying theme of his oeuvre.