Gugulethu Tenors bring their unique Afro-pop sound to Fugard
By Claudia Mohr
Treat yourself and family to a performance by The Gugulethu Tenors this Friday night at The Fugard Theatre (Caledon Street, District 6). The group has been captivating audiences nationwide for years with their brand of operatic Afro-pop that embodies the diverse cultural history of South Africa. Expect to hear songs such as ‘Nessun Dorma’ and pop hit ‘You Raise Me Up’, as well as local favourites such as ‘Meadowlands’, ‘Pata Pata’ and ‘Liefling’. They will also be performing some of their original compositions on the night. Tickets are Between R100pp and R130pp, available through Computicket or the Fugard Theatre booking agent on 021 461 4554.
Another interesting choice for your Friday music fix is The Blind Tiger Sessions with Arno Carstens at The Lovell Gallery (139 Albert Road, Woodstock). These concerts will be in support of Arno’s first exhibition of his personal oil paintings and will run weekly featuring part of the Nomadic Orchestra and Jon Savage. Every Friday there will also be special guest artists involved that hail straight from the popular band culture at the moment. This week catch the Jack Mantis Band and The Plastics. Tickets are R150pp: 021 820 5505. Concert runs from 6:30pm till 8:30pm.
Also on Friday fans of acoustic music can catch the cream of the local crop as Gary Thomas, Ferryl Purkiss, Machineri, Tombstone Pete, Andrew James and Dave Knowles band together to present The String Collective at The Dream Factory (10 Orphan Street, CBD). Each performer will perform three pieces of work and the evening will cover a wide range of string styles and vocal composition. Doors open at 8pm with the show starting around 9pm. Tickets are R60 at the door: 021 422 3005.
Renowned songwriter and performer Vusi Mahlasela has been touring Cape Town on and off over the past couple of months to sold out audiences. This Saturday he will grace the stage at the Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre (De Rust Estate, N2 Kromco turn off, Grabouw) spreading his unique and powerful voice, poetic lyrics, and optimism with equal measure. Having earned a position as one of the country’s foremost protest musicians during the apartheid era, Mahlasela has remained a politically conscious musician spreading his activist poetry-to-music wherever he goes. Audiences should however not be dismayed by the prospect of a heavy-handed performance bearing political motifs, but instead expect to be quietly enamoured by the raw talent and passion of a socially conscious artist and storyteller. Tickets are R325pp, available at www.computicket.com (083 915 8000) and the concert starts at 7pm.
Last but not least jazz fans can look forward to a treat as trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, known for his versatility and creative original compositions, performs at The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre (Corner of Oude Libertas and Adams Tas roads, Stellenbosch) this Sunday evening. Always pushing the boundaries of what is considered the stereotypical contemporary South African sound, Wyatt delivers music unbound by conventional patterns while still maintaining a key ear for melody. Tickets are R120pp to R140pp and the concert starts at 6:30pm: www.computicket.com; www.oudelibertas.co.za.