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Field Recording: Nceba Gongxeka – Isitiso
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Field Recording: Nceba Gongxeka – Isitiso

Isitiso is a Rootspring and Cape Town Arts Festival Field Recording featuring Nceba Gongxeka, Fancy Galada, and Duane Star. On a winter's morning in June, Rootspring went to a river in HoutBay to capture this field recording.

The sound of the stream is a perfect background to a gentle song called Isitiso - led by the very talented Nceba Gongxeka on the Harp and the main vocals. The song lyrics are made up of children's language that Nceba used to sing as a child - the lyrics do not have meaning and are more like a fun game! Nceba’s ability to sing over the complex and unusual harp part he created is exceptional.

Fancy Galada's great vocals add a melody to Nceba’s lead vocal. She gives the song a fresh West African flavor and adds a grounding bass drum to hold down the flighty harp rhythm. We love the moment in this video when you first hear the Cello but have not seen it yet! Duane Star plays the sweetest tasteful Cello improvised solo and adds the right crossover element to this artwork!

Like the bubbles in the stream, this field recording bubbles with the joy and enthusiasm emitted by this unusual trio.

Beyond Busking Auditions – 15 June 2022
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Beyond Busking Auditions – 15 June 2022

The Cape Town Festival with Ariva Arts Foundation created the Beyond Busking project to empower buskers through a training and mentorship programme which includes vocal training, stage presence master classes, song writing, musical arrangement and in studio production. The goal of the project is to ultimately uplift the image of busking in South Africa to international standards and create international work opportunities for local buskers. This promo was produced by Nur Felix and filmed at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town on 15 June 2022. The beyond Busking Project is supported by Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports, The Castle of Good Hope and Rootspring NPC.

Sounds Of Change – Artscape
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Sounds Of Change – Artscape

Sounds of Change is a free online concert run by Artscape and the Cape Town Festival. The festival streamed online on the 15 November 2021 was a collective effort to echo the challenges women face in South Africa. The songs are intentionally centered around issues faced by women with tones of empowerment, a call to action, and a plea directed toward humanity to end cycles of silence and abuse.

The stage was shared by two leading artists, Fancy Galada, well known female soloist, shared the stage with the exciting and rising kids on the block, Mmino. Mmino, an exciting duo, are two blood Brothers from Khayelitsha, Mohau and Zabullone.

Cape Town Youth Festival 2007 – Iziko Museum
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Cape Town Youth Festival 2007 – Iziko Museum

Cape Town Arts Festival hosts the Cape Town Youth Festival from March 5 to 9 2007 in the Cape Town's Company's Garden Precinct and Iziko Museum venues.

The aim of The Youth Festival was to create more awareness of the arts among the youth and promote cultural understanding. There were Giant board games, face painting, sports, indigenous games, dancing competitions, jumping castles, music, and loads of fun for youth and children of all ages.

Cape Town Festival Human Rights Day – Black Noise
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Cape Town Festival Human Rights Day – Black Noise

Black Noise performing at Cape Town Festival's Human Rights Day event.

Black Noise is a hip-hop crew hailing from the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa. They are known as being a pioneer of Cape Town's 'conscious' hip-hop scene in the late 80s and early 90s.

Jou Ma Se Comedy – Mannenbergs Waterfront
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Jou Ma Se Comedy – Mannenbergs Waterfront

Jou Ma se Comedy' on Cape Town Festival is 'Skreeusnaaks'!

The brainchild of Cape Town Festival CEO, Yusuf Ganief, Jou Ma se Comedy hosted by Cape Town Festival in 2008 at Mannenbergs Waterfront. Kurt and his merry band of funny men (and women) and took a wild ride through an evening of 'skreeusnaakse' punchlines and uniquely South African humour that will have you rolling in the aisle!

The likes of comedy icon, Mel Miller; Stuart Taylor of 'Going Nowhere Slowly' fame; Dave Levinsohn - SA's master of improvisation; Whitey Conrad Koch and his Coloured ventriloquist doll; and the queen of Cape comedy Mel Jones were also there.

Cape Town Festival Director, Yusuf Ganief said: 'Comedy is unique in its ability to allow us to laugh at our unique idiosyncracies in a spirit of fun. The fusion of comedy and jazz is a winning formula, and Manenberg Jazz Caf' is a great venue.

Cape Town Community Festival – Khayelitsha
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Cape Town Community Festival – Khayelitsha

As one of Cape Town Festival initiatives, the Cape Town Festival hosted the Khayelitsha In Touch Community Festival in 2008 at the Oliver Tambo Hall in Lansdowne Road, Khayelitsha.

The festival's aim was to help build the community’s social and economic fabric and draw together businesses, SMMEs, youth, community organisations and consumers to celebrate Khayelitsha’s richness and diversity.

Black Christ and the Spirit of Albert Luthuli Collection Arts Exhibition
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Black Christ and the Spirit of Albert Luthuli Collection Arts Exhibition

Ronald Harrison's famous anti-apartheid painting, The Black Christ, was displayed at The Black Christ and the Spirit of Albert Luthuli Collection Arts Exhibition as part of the Cape Town Visual Arts Festival in 2007 at St George's Cathedral, Wale Street, Cape Town.

Painted in 1961, the Black Christ had long been the subject of argument and controversy. The painting depicts former African National Congress leader Chief Albert Luthuli as Christ being crucified by then prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd and his justice minister, John Vorster.

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