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Trail-blazing contemporary African culture converges in Cape Town

Posted in Press Release with tags , , on May 6, 2009 by Rouvanne

Press Release

So who is Brenda Fassie?

So who is Brenda Fassie?

A multimedia celebration of pop legend Brenda Fassie, an after-dark street procession, artworks on wheels, a transient botanical garden, nearly a thousand 1-minute videos, an exhibition of sex scenes from pan-African literature, an impromptu banquet: these are just some of the projects to see and experience at the CAPE 09 biennale exhibition of contemporary African culture.

The biennale opens in unusual venues and outdoor sites throughout Cape Town on May 2, 2009. For its two-month long duration, public spaces and outdoor sites include the Cape Town Station, the city centre, Langa and Khayelitsha, which will host the visions and voices of some of South Africa, Africa and the world’s most exciting artists. From the comic to the controversial, from the quirky to the extreme, CAPE 09 will challenge conventional forms and staid ideas of contemporary art. Continue reading


Interview at the Pan African Space Station

Posted in Music notes with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Rouvanne

melt-logo1I was fortunate enough to spend an evening at the Pan African Space Station (PASS) with DJ Ntone Edjabe, while he was interviewing Robert Trunz and playing a wide selection of tracks from MELT albums.

The PASS podcasts are streamed out during the festival months of July to October, and so you’ll have to wait a while before you’ll be able to get insight into Ntone’s passion for music for the label, and of course to hear some of Roberts stories from the early days of his first musical trips to South Africa in the 1990’s. Oh – and I give a little punt for this new blog too – as by then there should be loads more interesting material on this site! Continue reading