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City Hall Sessions at the Cape Town City Hall
A three-day musical mini-fest is set to heat up one of Cape Town’s grandest buildings
The City Hall Sessions, a series of sound experiments aimed at reinstating the space as a cultural focal point for locals, are back, and in the form of a three-day music festival are delivering groundbreaking cross-genre concerts at, you guessed it, the Cape Town City Hall from Thursday, 5 to Saturday, 7 July 2012.
What to expect
As the opening act on Thursday, 5 July, directors of last year’s acclaimed Winter Jazz Series, Silent Revolution Music, have put on a production where famed “Meet Joe Barber” actor, David Isaacs narrates a melodic story as musicians give jazz lovers a big band experience. The second half of the show features some of South Africa’s finest musicians, including Errol Dyers, Khaya Mahlangu, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) and the legendary Morris Goldberg. .
The evening then heats up as Closet Snare, one of the nation’s foremost improvisational jazz collectives, partners with a 12-piece string section and guest stars Inge Beckmann (from Lark), Bokani Dyer and EJ von Lyrik. Joe Nina and MXO round off the Friday entertainment, and on Saturday, 7 July, the Contemporary African Music Session brings home the weekend with performances by guitar icon Madala Kunene and acclaimed director and composer Caiphus Semenya.
Aside from the explosion of musos on stage, there will also be a photographic exhibition, ‘Not Just Divas’ that includes 30 images of female SA musicians and female musicians performing in SA.
Concert times and ticketing
The concert starts at 7:30pm on Thursday, and at 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from R80p/p to R150p/p, and student discounts are available. Get your tickets through Computicket.com, booking is essential; the March City Hall session sold out a full week prior to the event.
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