Sometimes you need to look back to go forward and it is with this in mind that I thought it important to highlight an event this weekend that talks about legacy and history.
This weekend marks 30 years since a festival titled Towards the People’s Culture was banned in 1986.
This festival was meant to gather Africa’s most prominent artists as a response to the injustices of apartheid and to firmly root the arts as a tool for pursuing social justice.
The Cornerstone Institute in Salt River will commemorate that banning on Saturday, December 10, through a series of events that include a market, musical performances, live installations and a symbolic lantern procession though the streets of Salt River.
“Our celebration on December 10 will bring together all generations across the spectrum of cultural workers, media activists, innovators, struggle icons, artists and patrons, young and old, under the rallying call: Aluta Continua!” says Noel Daniels, CEO at Cornerstone Institute.
Marking the ’86 Arts Festival will feature a performance by acclaimed Cape Town songstress Tina Schouw, reflecting on her times in the 1980s. Another iconic 80s band Raakwys, featuring
Valmont Layne, Andre Sampie and Aki Khan, will also perform songs that look back at how far we’ve come on the road to freedom. Mthwakazi will honour the sense of ceremony with her haunting hybridized style of music which is a crossover between Xhosa Indigenous Bow music and Opera. Sylvestre Kabassidi will close the night with sounds from his native Ponte Noire, DRC.
This event starts at 4pm at the Cornerstone Main Campus in Salt River and entrance is free.
The full programme is as follows:
• 4pm – Market opens
• 5pm – Performance by Tina Schouw
• 6pm – Raakwys
• 7.30pm – People’s Education participatory liberation songs intervention
• 8pm -Lantern procession through Salt River (lanterns available for purchase at the Market)
• 8.15pm – Performance by Mthwakazi
• 9pm -Performance by Sylvestre Kabassidi
Gig of the week
Tony Cox at The Cottage Club
Saturday, December 10
Acoustic guitarist, Tony Cox performs music that spans across 40 years in the music industry. Cox is renowned for employing the finger style technique when playing and has won a few SAMA awards over the years. Should be an amazing show
Address: 22 Mauritius Crescent, Fish Hoek
Tel: 021 782 0931