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Top musos arrive in Cape Town for City Hall Sessions

With previous sessions featuring legends like Ismael Lo, Ray Lema, Chico Cesar and Thandiswa Mazwai; the July City Hall Sessions follows the same never-to-be-repeated collaborative format that assembles musicians of different genres and influences, legendary names and newcomers to create an energetic and inspiring sound in a top class production.

Morris Goldberg has played with Bill Clinton but will be back on stage in his native Cape Town for one night only this Thursday 5th July, courtesy of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival Grahamstown. Thursday night’s show is entitled The Bridge, and features creative direction by drummer Kesivan Naidoo and musical arrangements by pianist Andre Petersen. Starting with a duo, the line-up of musicians will seamlessly enter and exit in varying combinations and numbers and, all the while the musical journey is narrated by actor David Isaacs. Featured principals include Afropop singer Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground, saxophonist Khaya Mahlangu and guitarist Errol Dyers.

Friday night promises stimulation, inspiration and experimentation with headline Afropop heartthrobs Joe Nina and MXO who are profiled names in their own right, but have been collaborating as a duo for the past year. Their joined vocal ministrations in the second set will offer an insightful blend between MXO’s hip-hop fusion oriented delivery, and Joe Nina’s soulful, often jazzy melodies.

Meanwhile, the first set will see electronic jazz collective Closet Snare on stage with the 12-piece City Hall Chamber String Ensemble, as well as vocalist Inge Beckmann of Lark fame, emcee EJ von Lyrik, and 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award-winning keyboardist Bokani Dyer – this time on synthesizers.

The sessions close with a grand finale on Saturday 7th featuring  separate sets by Maskanda guitar legend Madala Kunene and renowned vocalist Caiphus Semenya in a rare treat for African contemporary devotees.

With rehearsals underway already, the artists are arriving into a buzz of creativity and collaborative spirit. Some are going even further by investing their time in workshops that have been set up during the day to mentor teenage students of the music curriculum.

A project of the Cape Town Partnership, and made possible by the National Lottery Development Trust, MD, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says that the City Hall Sessions express the potential Cape Town has to be a hub for creative collaboration as well as a recognized tour stop for musicians from across the world.


Need to know

  • Dates: 5-7 July 2012
  • Times: The concert starts at 19h30 on Thursday and 20h00 on both Friday and Saturday evening
  • Ticketing: R40 to R150, including substantial discounts for students, from Computicket.
  • Venue: Cape Town City Hall.
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