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Lady M - The Incentive EP.

Just came across this uber deep house music mix from Cape Town based DJ, Lady M (aka Margaret Westergreen) and for a house music lover like myself, this is absolutely golden.

If you’re into what you hear, she’ll be performing at FUTUREDEEP this Friday, August 29th, at Julep in Cape Town and her slot begins at 11am.

EVENT: Cape Town World Music Festival (#CTWMF).

With headliners like the legendary Vieux Farka Toure, the awe-inspiring Thandiswa Mazwai and one of the summer’s biggest hit-makers DJ Clock and Beatenberg, the upcoming Cape Town World Music Festival, which boasts a total of over 20 acts, already has more than enough reason for you to be in attendance this Mandela weekend.

Celebrating music from around the world, and more especially the Pan-African sounds of the continent, the CTWMF is a great way to remember and pay tribute to the diversity and fight for universal humanity Madiba fought to attain and preserve both in South Africa and around the world.

Get your tickets here.

Five Recommendations for First Thursdays Cape Town - June Edition.

This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays series takes place tomorrow. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.

Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola” at Brundyn+:

Ditaola is South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Sydelle Willow Smith - “Soft Walls” at AVA Gallery:

Hosted at Cape Town’s Ava Gallery,Smith’s Soft Walls figuratively investigates the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.

Stable at 65 Loop Street:

Stable brings together the best of South African design, curated by Aidan Bennetts the range consists of tables, lighting, seating, home-ware, art and accessories. New designers are added on a weekly basis. Their June exhibit is titled, “This is Africa” (T.I.A.) and looks at design in the diaspora.

SAM (South African Market) at 107 Bree Street:

Support South African designers by visiting this one-stop-shop full of clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery and furniture - all by local designers.

Walking tour at Church Square:

Meet at Church Square at 6pm, outside the Slave Lodge museum on the corner of Bureau and Adderley Streets, for a free guided hour long historic walking tour of the area.

Sprite Obey You Collective: South Africa - Cape Town Music Scene.

Take a tour through the diverse world of the local music scene in South Africa’s Mother City, as experienced through the eyes of the rappers, DJs, producers and other young industry insiders that are carving up brand new and fresh fusion sounds in this city by the coast.

Obey You is a series of short films exploring the rich culture the country’s youth has been creating.  Through a series of photos and video documentaries, The FADER + Sprite are showcasing some great scenes that give viewers a look at the underground culture outlining music, sports, and dance in South Africa.

Check out the rest of the videos in the series here.

Cape Town Art Events:

commute with intuitive instinct at Brundyn+

Hosted at Brundyn+, “commute with intuitive instinct” is an exhibition featuring works from Michelle Monareng, Mocke J van Veuren and Theresa Collins, Bofa da Cara, Nick Cave, Vaughn Sadie and Sello Pesa, and Gilad Ratman. Curated by Portia Malatjie, the exhibit follows Henri Lefebvre’s notions of The Production of Space where “spaces are considered areas that are never neutral, but are rather constructed, ideologically and physically, to serve a particular purpose”.

The exhibition will take place from 17 April - 17 May with a walkabout by Portia Malatjiet taking place on 8 May at 7pm, and again on May 10 at 12pm.

Brundyn Talk 3 | Revolting Music: A brief survey of the songs that liberated South Africa - by Neo Muyanga.

On Wednesday 14 May, beginning at 6pm, Soweto-born composer and librettist Neo Muyanga will be hosting a Brundyn+ talk that focuses on a survey of protest songs that played a key role in South Africa’s liberation.

Entrance to the talks is free; however, please RSVP to justin@brundyngonsalves.com to book as seats are limited.

Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibtion “Ditaola” will take place from 29 May - 17 July.

Iziko South African National Gallery: “Traces of Ecstasy” by Rotimi Fani-Kayode.

Nigerian‬ artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode's 'Traces of Ecstasy' exhibition is currently on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town until May 15th.

Cape Town’s version of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is here!

I think it’s safe to say that Pharrell Williams’ jovial anthem is quite possibly the most globally infectious song of the decade.

Thanks to social media, people in cities all over the world have been creating and uploading videos of themselves dancing joyously to his Despicable Me 2 theme song. Africans are no exception. Cities like Cotonou, Tunis, Yaounde and Libreville have all participated in this trend.

Now, it’s Cape Town’s turn and as a dweller of the Mother City for the past three years, I absolutely love this video. The creators touched down in multiple areas of the city and its outskirts (not just the city bowl, thankfully) and the cast are an incredibly diverse array of individuals - a pretty darn good reflection of the city.

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Cape Town Event: Free House Music Performance by Big Nuz.

WHERE: BENTLEY OYSTER BAR & BISTRO (CLAREMONT)
WHEN:
THURSDAY 27TH FEB, 8PM-10PM
COST:
FREE

Listen to Big Nuz.

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Very excited for this! Mary Sibande's 'The Purple Shall Govern' exhibition is opening tonight at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town at 6pm. The event is also a part of ART WEEK CAPE TOWN which kicked off this past weekend.

Cape Town City Guide by Miss Moss.

This well-researched and thoroughly experienced first-hand guide to South Africa’s coastal ‘Mother City’ by prominent South African blogger Miss Moss offers a very hip, artistic and vibe-y list of places to see, shop, dine and visit in Cape Town - from winelands and cafes, to boutiques and art galleries.

November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

Really excited for Art Week Cape Town and after looking through their schedule, I’ve picked some of the standout events that I’m planning on attending beginning at the end of this month:

Starting from November 2013, up until March 2014, non-profit organization Concerts in the Park Cape Town will be hosting a series of free concerts at De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand featuring the likes of Hot Water, Sadiq Khan, The Rudimentals, Mark Haze, The UCT Big Band, Freshly Ground and more.

Brought to you by Nando’s, Smile 90.4FM and the City of Cape Town, all shows are open to all members of the public and there will be great and exciting prizes to be won at every concert.

Follow CITPCT on Facebook and Twitter for more updates, info, news and exciting competitions.

Today in Cape Town.

Whispers of Wisdom at TEDx Cape Town

A South African spoken word quintet deliver a poignant and highly personal performance about the concerns of being young, black and South African, as part of the post-Apartheid ‘born-free’ generation, asking deeply-rooted questions of liberation - both on a personal and national scale - and the price of freedom in South Africa.

"when literature and sound join forces, a melting pot of art in its finest form is born."

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Using the super cool Cape Town Love free app to rediscover some photos I’ve taken in the Mother City over the past few months.