Arts Alive: Hot 5 for your diary

2013-07-18 14:02

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The line-up of treats billed to headline the 2013 Arts Alive Festival has been announced. Percy Mabandu picks five things worth diarising.

1. Jazz on the Lake

August 1

Joburg Zoo Lake

Mafikizolo. Picture: Arts Alive

This year, the jazz event will feature Don Laka, Mafikizolo and Phuzekhemisi. The American outfit called Satchmo Trumpet Summit will collaborate with a number of South African musicians. There’s also the Sufi Gospel Project from India, Brenda Mntambo and Puisano Jazz project.

2. Dance

Indumba (Fana Tshabalala)

August 3 and 4

Dance Factory Theatre

Fana Tshabalala. Picture: Arts Alive

This dance piece, choreographed by the reigning Standard Bank Young Artist award for Dance, premiered at the National Arts Festival. The work draws on a Mozambican ritual of the same name.

Read our review here.

3. Poetry

Speak The Mind

Bassline

August 6 and 7

Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart. Picture: Arts Alive

The spoken word and beat poetry festival will feature a blend of seasoned artists and wordsmiths from within the continent as well as the diaspora.

The highlights of this year’s instalment include German-born actress, musician and slam champion Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart from the UK. She is best known as half of the multi-Grammy-nominated duo Floetry. There’s also Harare’s best-known indie hip-hop act, The Monkey Nuts, featuring mbira player and singer songwriter Hope Masike.

4. Theatre

Nongogo

Soweto Theatre

August 7 and 15

Masasa Mbangeni. Picture: Arts Alive

This Athol Fugard classic is set in the late ’50s in a small town in Port Elizabeth during a turbulent time in the history of South Africa. It tells a story of a feisty, confident and seductive shebeen queen who gave up a life of prostitution to focus on her flourishing business. A hint of romance unfolds between Queenie and a travelling salesman called Johnny, but is never fully realised.

The play features an all-star cast including Tony Kgoroge, Desmond Dube, Fana Mokoena and Masasa Mbangeni.

5. Music

August 9

Mary Fitzgerald Square

South Meets South – An Evening with the Masters.

Hugh Masekela. Picture: Arts Alive

This one-night only classical jazz performance will feature Hugh Masekela sharing the stage with world-renowned Brazilian musician Egberto Gismonti. South Africa’s own rising jazz vocalist, Pu2ma, will guest feature.

For more information, visit: www.arts-alive.co.za

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