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Machawe Ndlovu – Beyond Busking Program
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Machawe Ndlovu – Beyond Busking Program

Machawe Ndlovu speaking about his experience on the Beyond Busking Project – From Beyond Busking Auditions in June 2022 to performing on the big stage at the Beyond Busking Festival Day on the 29th of Oct 2022. He speaks about how the Beyond Busking Program inspired him to share his story and experiences via music,...

Abraham Van Den Berg – Beyond Busking Program
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Abraham Van Den Berg – Beyond Busking Program

Abraham Van Den Berg speaks on his experience with the Beyond Busking Program. He speaks on what he learned in the songwriting course with Clive Ridgway, the use of metaphors to tell a story when writing a song or poem. He has also grown as an artist as he has learned to express himself in...

Zanele “Zanie” Mdloyi – Beyond Busking Program
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Zanele “Zanie” Mdloyi – Beyond Busking Program

Nur Felix is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Athlone, Cape Town. Over the last ten years, Nur has been sharing his message of peace promotion in theatres, at music festivals, and at community upliftment events across South Africa. Singing and composing from the heart, Nur‘s upbeat acoustic sound encourages the audience that ‘We Are All We Need'. Happiness is not found in material things, but in the pursuit of dreams, the search for deeper meaning, love, and breaking down the barriers against authentic life expression.

There is a tad of activism in his songs, room for emotional processing through love and heartache, all carried by unique guitar riffs and melodies that are bound to uplift your soul. Nur‘s music and music videos have been featured on TV, in documentaries, and on the radio. His song ‘Peace Date’ (co-written with Nancy Beaudette) was nominated for the International Peace Song awards in Los Angeles in 2018.

Nur Felix is an inspiration for a new wave of singer-songwriters in Cape Town. The concert included performances by highly accomplished local musicians such as Violinist Rayelle Goodman (CT Philharmonic Orchestra), Backing vocalist Mpumi Sizani (backing vocalist for Judith Sephuma), Bass player Josh Hawks (ex Freshly Ground), Backing Vocalist Ruby Paton (Featured on the album), Saxophonist Gareth Harvey, Keyboardist Desmond Blake, and Drummer Byron Asher. The evening was a wondrous collection of eclectic music that expresses a sense of hope for a better world.

To download Nur Felix's We Are All We Need album, go to www.rootspring.co.za/all-albums/

Thando Feni – Beyond Busking Program
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Thando Feni – Beyond Busking Program

Nur Felix is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Athlone, Cape Town. Over the last ten years, Nur has been sharing his message of peace promotion in theatres, at music festivals, and at community upliftment events across South Africa. Singing and composing from the heart, Nur‘s upbeat acoustic sound encourages the audience that ‘We Are All We Need'. Happiness is not found in material things, but in the pursuit of dreams, the search for deeper meaning, love, and breaking down the barriers against authentic life expression.

There is a tad of activism in his songs, room for emotional processing through love and heartache, all carried by unique guitar riffs and melodies that are bound to uplift your soul. Nur‘s music and music videos have been featured on TV, in documentaries, and on the radio. His song ‘Peace Date’ (co-written with Nancy Beaudette) was nominated for the International Peace Song awards in Los Angeles in 2018.

Nur Felix is an inspiration for a new wave of singer-songwriters in Cape Town. The concert included performances by highly accomplished local musicians such as Violinist Rayelle Goodman (CT Philharmonic Orchestra), Backing vocalist Mpumi Sizani (backing vocalist for Judith Sephuma), Bass player Josh Hawks (ex Freshly Ground), Backing Vocalist Ruby Paton (Featured on the album), Saxophonist Gareth Harvey, Keyboardist Desmond Blake, and Drummer Byron Asher. The evening was a wondrous collection of eclectic music that expresses a sense of hope for a better world.

To download Nur Felix's We Are All We Need album, go to www.rootspring.co.za/all-albums/

Nur Felix – We Are All We Need Album Launch Live at Nassau Auditorium
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Nur Felix – We Are All We Need Album Launch Live at Nassau Auditorium

Nur Felix is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Athlone, Cape Town. Over the last ten years, Nur has been sharing his message of peace promotion in theatres, at music festivals, and at community upliftment events across South Africa. Singing and composing from the heart, Nur‘s upbeat acoustic sound encourages the audience that ‘We Are All We Need'. Happiness is not found in material things, but in the pursuit of dreams, the search for deeper meaning, love, and breaking down the barriers against authentic life expression.

There is a tad of activism in his songs, room for emotional processing through love and heartache, all carried by unique guitar riffs and melodies that are bound to uplift your soul. Nur‘s music and music videos have been featured on TV, in documentaries, and on the radio. His song ‘Peace Date’ (co-written with Nancy Beaudette) was nominated for the International Peace Song awards in Los Angeles in 2018.

Nur Felix is an inspiration for a new wave of singer-songwriters in Cape Town. The concert included performances by highly accomplished local musicians such as Violinist Rayelle Goodman (CT Philharmonic Orchestra), Backing vocalist Mpumi Sizani (backing vocalist for Judith Sephuma), Bass player Josh Hawks (ex Freshly Ground), Backing Vocalist Ruby Paton (Featured on the album), Saxophonist Gareth Harvey, Keyboardist Desmond Blake, and Drummer Byron Asher. The evening was a wondrous collection of eclectic music that expresses a sense of hope for a better world.

To download Nur Felix's We Are All We Need album, go to www.rootspring.co.za/all-albums/

Field Recording: Nceba Gongxeka – Mpempe
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Field Recording: Nceba Gongxeka – Mpempe

Rootspring and Cape Town Arts Festival bring you a Field Recording by Nceba Gongxeka and Duane Star called Mpempe - captured at HoutBay river on a winter's morning in June.

With the talented Nceba Gongxeka on the Harp and the main vocals and Duane Star on the Cello, Mpempe is the name of Nceba's late uncle who mentored him throughout his childhood. The song is made out of two songs merged as one - the first part of the lyrics is him thanking his clan ooMfene, Lisa, Msuthu, and Jambase ooMalukazi for their gifts, talents, and guidance. The final part of the lyrics is about being at a gathering with lots of girls and wanting to see who will be chosen first through the traditional dance umtyityimbo mixed with umnqokolo.

The sound of the stream is a perfect background to this gentle and spiritual song.

Music Director: Jonny Blundell (Rootspring)
Film Director: Bruce Meissner (Ode to Road)
Executive Producer: Yusuf Ganief (Cape Town Festival)
Supported by WC Dept of Cultural Affairs and Sports

Special thanks to Penny and Graham from Homestead for the use of their property.

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