Suidoosterfees 2013 – a celebration of cultural diversity

Suidoosterfees 2013 – a celebration of cultural diversity

Artscape, Fugard Theatre, City Hall
29 January to 3 February 2013

The tenth birthday of the Suidoosterfees is an exuberant celebration of the Cape lifestyle, of our own people and our unique, colourful heritage – in short, a celebration of the cultural diversity and inclusivity of the Mother City.

This year’s fetival of highlights boasts a first ever Afrikaans Fugard: Die Laaste Karretjiegraf is a story of the Karretjiemense; a tribute to the legacy of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants. A way of life that has been lost, is recorded for posterity. There is a brilliant stage adaptation of a Brink novel: Bidsprinkaan is directed by the fabulous Janice Honeyman, with Elton Landrew as Kupido Kakkerlak, the Khoikhoi convert who went on to become a missionary. Also not to be missed is Adam Small’s Orange Earth, intensely personal and close to home.

Small’s formative years were on the farm Goree close to Robertson and his earliest memories were of this area; of the simplicity of the people, of the poverty and above all the orange earth.
Steve Hofmeyr’s Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis, a bestselling short novel, comes to life on the stage, with the multi award-winning Christo Davids in his first solo role. The unique drama AF is the moving story of a boy who lives as an outsider due to his condition … schizophrenia. This dizzying journey poses the question: What exactly is nomal?
Let your eyes feast on an exceptional exhibition of Breyten Breytenbach’s paintings: works on paper, canvass and objects like books and stones str divided into ten finger sketches. In a jolly festival concert ten of the Suidoosterfees darlings perform together to celebrate the first ten years.
Experience the BoKaap Meander and savour a taste of Cape cultural history; of the daily traditions of this community. Undertake a 2 hour tour through the colourful architecture, food, art and melodious music. Rub shoulders with the inhabitants of the BoKaap: Cape Malay food writers, artists, artisans and home-based entrepreneurs.
Treat your tired ears to international sensations like Denise Jannah and Wolf Martini and local bestselling artists like Zahara. The irrepressible David Kramer’s Stokoud en Splinternuut celebrates a lifetime as a songwriter. Experience this national treasure, now in his fifth decade as an artist.

He performs with guitar and harmonica, accompanied by Schalk Joubert on bass. We honour the iconic Eoan Group whose opera productions wowed South African audiences for more than 20 years. A huge choir competition features a host of farm choirs. In an intimate musical This is my life,  Idols winner Kain Kortje tells her own story to Alistair Izobell.
After opening at the Suidoosterfees, Sandra Prinsloo’s legendary Naaimasjien swept through the country, with more than 200 performances to packed halls. Now the Suidoosterfees brings it back for our tenth birthday.

It won four major South African drama awards and was a triumphant success at the Edinburgh festival last year. Experience it now, experience it again or watch The Sewing Machine in English.
The Mother City has many mansions and her apron is wide. Grab onto her skirt and be boisterous with the Suidooster.

Denise Jannah
Venue: SOF Lion of Africa Theatre @ The Fugard
Saturday 2 February, 17:30 to 18:30
Price: R120
With: Denise Jannah and Wolf Martini.

This famous Dutch jazz vocalist and guitarist Wolf Martini form a textured, intimate duo. Her rich voice caresses from Jazz to Latin, Chanson and Blues. She is known for her stilistic versatilty and fluent in various languages. Jannah whose real name is Denise Johanna Zeefuik, was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. She grew up in Suriname and Holland and studied at the Hilversum Conservatorium. Her first American release was the album Take it from the Top in 1991.
Two more albums followed, A Heart full of Music and I Was Born in Love with You. In 2000 she became the first Dutch solo artist to release an album through  Blue Note: The Madness of our Love.
Wolf Martini is also a graduate of the Hilversum Conservatorium. He has performed with the likes of Jannah, Edsilia Rombley, Mathilde Santing, Cyril Directie, Johnny Engels, Danny Sahupala, Mark Stoop, Sven Happel, Glenn Gaddum jr as well as senior and many more. This Dutch string virtuoso’s genres include acoustic, Nu-Jazz and R&B.
Experience the seductive chemistry between these two world-class musicians. Their sounds merge with seamless elegance. After numerous tours in South Africa, Indonesia and Montenegro, Jannah and Martini are valued across the globe. This is a must-see production at the 2013 SOF.
The delectable Jannah will also perform at an intimate dinner concert at the Protea Hotel in Victoria Junction.
Venue: Protea Hotel in Victoria Junction
Friday 1 Feb 19:00 – 21:00
Price: R260 includes dinner.

Opera Nostalgie
Venue: City Hall
Thursday 31 January 20:00 – 21:30
Price: R100
With: The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra led by Brandon Phillips, Eoan Festival Choir led by Niël Rademan, Vanessa Tait-Jones (soprano), Friedel Mitas (soprano), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo soprano), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor), Garth Delport (bass baritone)
Project leaders: Wayne Muller, Hilde Roos

Experience an evening of nostalgia and opera music. This opera gala concert commemorates the birth of Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi (1813–1901) 200 years ago, as well as the 80th birthday of the Eoan Group from Athlone, Cape Town. Well-known arias from Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore that the Eoan Group’s opera company regularly perfomed in Cape Town from 1956 to 1977, are performed by a team of young Cape opera soloists and a festival choir.
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) undertook a 23 day tour to the United States last year. In this time the group presented 18 concerts in 18 different cities, including New York and cities in Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Massachusetts. They received standing ovations and rave reviews in the American press.
A book about the Eoan Group and its opera productions that wowed South African audiences for more than 20 years, will be launched during the concert. The book is a nostalgic trip down the memory lane of the Eoan Group, a history that hasn’t been told yet.
Helen Southern-Holt founded the EOAN Group in District Six in 1933. It initially functioned as a cultural and welfare organization. The name EOAN is derived from the Greek word ‘Eos’ which means ‘dawn’ and refers to the enlightenment it strove to bring to individuals. The EOAN Group achieved great heights despite working under the constraints of Apartheid. After the destruction of District Six, the EOAN Group moved to their new premises in Athlone, now known as the Joseph Stone Theatre.
Opera Nostalgie will delight opera lovers and everyone who appreciates beautiful music.
The concert will be broadcast directly by RSG.

KykNet Bravo! Concert
City Hall, Friday 1 Feb 20:00 – 22:00
Price: R100

In celebration of SOF’s tenth birthday, we are rolling out a star-studded gala concert with festival darlings like Alistair Izobell, Charlene Truter, Friedel Mitas, Karin Kortjé, Loukmaan and Emo Adams, Soli Philander, Sandra Prinsloo, Vinette Ebrahim, Zanne Stapelberg and bright newcomer Selim Kagee, as well as the Eoan Verdi Festival choir led by Niël Rademan and the Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation ensemble led by Albert Horne. The musical director is Heidi Edeling. This festival has always been synonymous with top grade entertainment and a joyous celebration of Cape culture and heritage.
A bit of background on some of the artists: Charlene Truter is well-known as presenter of the SABC2 magazine programme Pasella, from 2002-2008. She left the programme after six years to pursue a singing career.
Exciting newcomer Selim Kagee sings in English and Italian. His unique sound is a romantic combination of classical and pop influences. His voice is warm with a rich texture. This Cape singer portrayed lead roles in pop theatre classics like The King and I, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music and The Boyfriend.
Alistair Izobell started his professional career in the theatre in the role of Broe’tjie the newspaper vendor in the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six. As a child he was chosen to perform “Children of the World” at the World Popular Song-fees in Tokyo in 1989.
Loukmaan Adams launched his musical career at six when he took part in the Malay Choirs and the Minstrel Festival.
As a member of the group Ricardo and Friends he shared the stage with luminaries like Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Tyler. Like Alistair, he was cast in the role of Broe’tjie in District Six The Musical. In 1995 he was “Bingo” in KAT & THE KINGS.
For this role he received the award for Best Actor in a Musical and the FNB Vita award for Best Performer and Choreographer.
He also won the Naledi award for Best Choreograpy in GHOEMA. TV roles include Alie Barber and Malan & Kie.
These artists have found a shortcut to the heart of SOF festivalgoers. They are our own people, Cape people.

Orange Earth
Dates: Wednesday 30 January, 19:30 – 21:00
Friday 1 February, 20:30 – 22:00
Sunday 3 February, 14:00 – 15:30
Price: R120
With: Oscar Petersen, Quanita Adams, Albert Pretorius, Andrew Laubscher,
Director: Matthew Wild
Production manager: Tara Notcutt

Johnny Adams stands accused of planting the bomb which killed a young white girl in a shopping centre. In the courtroom and in his prison cell, his thoughts turn to the past, and to the orange-red soil of the place of his birth – “a small hamlet called Goree … a little place in the veld …. 6, 7 miles outside of Robertson …. in the deep Boland”. Adam Small’s play in English, written in 1984, is a lyrical and dreamlike drama of memory and injustice, brought to life by an outstanding cast of South African actors in a new staging by acclaimed director Matthew Wild, who is a two-time Fleur du Cap winner and was featured in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list for 2012. Orange Earth is intensely personal and close to home. Adam Small’s formative years were spent on the farm Goree outside Robertson, where his father was school principal, community leder and lay preacher for the farm workers. His father was Christian Reformed and his mother Islamic. These influences nurtured religious tolerance in him from an early age. His earliest memories are of this area: of the simplicity of the people, but also of the poverty and especially of the orange earth. There is clearly a strong autobiographical element to Orange Earth.
Small’s father was later appointed as principal in Retreat on the Cape Flats. This was where he first encountered Kaaps, the dialect of the working class people, which he employs with such effect in his work.

Stokoud en Splinternuut
Venue: SOF Lion of Africa Theatre @ The Fugard,
Saturday 2 February 21:00 – 22:00, Sunday 3 February 17:00 – 18:00.
Price: R135

David Kramer’s Stokoud en Splinternuut celebrates a lifetime as a songwriter. Now you have the opportunity to experience this national treasure in his fifth decade as an artist the way he was when he first started singing in folk clubs in Leeds and Cape Town in the 1970s. He performs with guitar and harmonica, accompanied by Schalk Joubert on base. He explores a few of his new songs as well as chestnuts that built his reputation as one of our foremost singers and songwriters.
Kramer was a pioneer of Cape Afrikaans and Souf Effrican English in his lyrics; often using both in the same song. He focuses on small-town South Africa and uses gritty realism and dark satire to weave his tales and paint his characters. In his stage performances he portrays himself as a rural nobody criss-crossing the dirt roads of small towns on his bicycle with his veldskoene and battered guitar. He sings in the Boland dialect of his youth.
His first album BAKGAT! was released in 1980 and was immediately banned by the SABC because it was considered too political and vulgar for the South African ear. He later clocked eleven golden and one platinum records. He won the heart of the nation with hits like “Blokkies Joubert” and “Royal Hotel” and with his red veldskoens he left an indelible footprint on Volkswagen ads, for thirteen years.
In the seventies Kramer met Taliep Peterssen and in 1986 they collaborated on popular musicals like District Six, Fairyland and Kat & the Kings, which later took Broadway and London’s West End by storm. In 2007 the University of Cape Town awarded him an honorary doctorate in literature.

Saturday 2 February 20:00 – 21:00
Price: R100/ R150

This eight times SA Music Awards (SAMAS) winner sings popular hits from her debut album like “Loliwe” which tells the tale of a lover departing by train and promising to return soon and “My Guitar” which tells of her love for this instrument.
Songs like “Umthwalo wam” and “Ndiza” are strong and soulful in lyrics and tune. She said about “Umthwalo”: “Every time I sing this song, I think back to my childhood, my family and the time I wrote it, two years ago.”
Zahara, a new kid on the block who became an overnight sensation, grew up in a small village where not many children made it to matric and singing was regarded as something one did in church, not as a profession. Her songs tell stories, like “Ndiza”, written about her first aeroplane flight to Johannesburg and “My Guitar”, which tells of the escape her guitar offers when she feels overwhelmed. Her songs tend to make her emotional, she said.
Zahara was born as Bulelwa Mkutukana and grew up in a poor family in the Phumlani informal settlement on the outskirts of East London in the Eastern Cape.
Her mother is a domestic worker and she is the fifth of six children. “I know what it feels like to go to school without shoes and never quite having enough to eat,” she said.
Her passion and strength of character are palpably present in her exciting voice.
She joined the school choir at the age of six and later progressed to the senior choir. She taught herself to play the guitar, a strange activity for a woman in her village. She started to be noticed when she was appointed lead singer in the Phumlani Sunday School choir. Her stage name Zahara means “blossoming flower” and her childhood nickname was Spinach.
The Eastern Cape nightingale achieved star status when her debut album went platinum after thirteen days and double platinum after only 17 days, selling more than 100,000 copies in South Africa.
She was the second musician after Brenda Fassie to clock such sales in such a short time. Her music is loosely classified as “Afrosoul” and she sings in her mother tongue Xhosa as well as English.
Her music has been described as a mixture of the styles made popular by Tracy Chapman and India.Arie.