When more than forty of Cape Town’s top musical talent get together you know that Cape Town is in for quite a party. Make a date to be in the centre of the city for the very first Sounds Fringe Festival, set to rock the city from Thursday to Sunday, March 27 to 30. From noon to 10pm across the four days, there will in all be more than 60 performances for music lovers to look forward to.
From rock to folk, acoustic guitar to Latin, jazz, afro pop and township jazz or simply music for your soul, the line up offers it all.
The venues are all within walking distance, and will feature performances by artists that include Farryl Purkiss, Alvin Dyers, Errol Dyers, Tete Mbambisa, The Rudimentals, Jeremy Olivier, Emily Bruce, Saudiq Khan, Albairre, Hassanada’s, Beatenberg and Sterling EQ.
The likes of Reza Khota, Francesca Biancoli, Amanda Tiffin, Spencer Mbadu, Gerald Clark, Amy Campbell, Sui Generis, Adamu, Philip Malan, Kanimambo, Nick Turner, Blackie Tempi, Touchwood, Dan Shout and Manny Walters will also share their sounds across the city.
Visiting Norwegian trumpeter Arne Hiorth, already well known in the city for his work with developing musicians, will also take the stage at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 29, at 5pm. With his band members, local soloists and a 100 strong choir they will present their ‘Song of Freedom’, a choral tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Venue wise, Mandela Rhodes Place, Motherland Coffee Company, The Twankey Bar, The Reserve at the Taj, the Crypt and Inn on the Square will join the Iziko Slave Lodge and the Iziko Old Townhouse in putting on their glad rags to celebrate the musical talent that Cape Town is known for.
Across the world the concept of fringe festivals operating alongside major arts events has become an accepted practice, giving young, alternative and established artists’ unusual spaces to explore performance while giving audiences a cost effective way of enjoying cultural events. Small affordable concerts make this Sounds Fringe Festival an easy way to enjoy music and jol to our musical heritage. In addition the fresh food offerings at the Earth Fair Market on Thursday, March 27, the atmosphere of the outdoor eateries and a buzzing city are elements sure to add to a one of a kind music experience.
* For more information and for the full programme, visit www.soundsfringecapetown.co.za.
Tickets are available at Computicket.