Langa artists opens hearts for musos

2015-07-02 06:01

Langa artists minglinging with their Madagascan counterparts.

Langa artists minglinging with their Madagascan counterparts.

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Anybody who has hosted visitors would know the anxiety one senses, in the absence of not knowing whether one was hospitable enough.

Add to that the sigh of relief when they inform that all was well and good.

We made ours feel like they were on a weekend jol when our French speaking visitors came to Langa last Wednesday, as they danced the night away to the grooves of Sylvia Mdunyelwa’s “Hamba Bhekile”, Fancy Galada’s “Ngubani lo?” and Jongie Magaba’s “Gxalaba”.

The Langa Arts Association band as well as visiting Madagascar outfit Jao Joby, the King of Salegy, threw in their lot.

About one hundred and fifty guests from the French Institute and Alliance Francaise and thirty journalists attended a media launch for the Cape Town New World Music Festival at Guga S’thebe in Langa.

They brought a band from Madagascar and agreed to let musicians from Langa welcome them to the community in the best way they know; with vibrant, pulsating, foot-stomping South African dance music that had the visitors out of their seats and onto the dance floor in no time at all.

Langa Arts Association has a stated mission of ensuring the development, protection and promotion of local artists and their product.

So that when organisers booked the venue, they were asked to allow local musicians to curtain-raise for the visiting band.

The audience, made up of predominantly young people, sang along and danced to every song, most of which had a Carribean and Kwasa kwasa beat. It was a rainy and chilly night but the music kept everybody warm.

A partnership was also struck which would see interested people from the community offered French lessons through Alliance Francaise.

This initiative will go a long way in fostering closer ties with French speaking fellow Africans. Half of the the continent speaks that language after all.

Also showcasing young talent, the LAA band featured 18-year old Kanu Moloi playing the harmonica, the instrument made popular by US legend Stevie Wonder.

Kanu also comes from a musical family. He is the nephew of Langa-born, but Swiss-based legendary drummer, the great Makhaya Ntshoko who left our shores in the late 1950s, and who is more famous for having played with the US jazz great, the late Duke Ellington, along with our own Abdullah Ibrahim.

The evening went very well and our visitors left very late and in good spirits, likely to remember the visit fondly for very long time.

This event brought an end to Youth Month on a high note indeed

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