The line-up of treats billed to headline the 2013 Arts Alive Festival has been announced. Percy Mabandu picks five things worth diarising.
1. Jazz on the Lake
Joburg Zoo Lake
This year, the jazz event will feature Don Laka, Mafikizolo and Phuzekhemisi. The American outfit called Satchmo Trumpet Summit will collaborate with a number of South African musicians. There’s also the Sufi Gospel Project from India, Brenda Mntambo and Puisano Jazz project.
Indumba (Fana Tshabalala)
August 3 and 4
Dance Factory Theatre
This dance piece, choreographed by the reigning Standard Bank Young Artist award for Dance, premiered at the National Arts Festival. The work draws on a Mozambican ritual of the same name.
Read our review here.
Speak The Mind
August 6 and 7
The spoken word and beat poetry festival will feature a blend of seasoned artists and wordsmiths from within the continent as well as the diaspora.
The highlights of this year’s instalment include German-born actress, musician and slam champion Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart from the UK. She is best known as half of the multi-Grammy-nominated duo Floetry. There’s also Harare’s best-known indie hip-hop act, The Monkey Nuts, featuring mbira player and singer songwriter Hope Masike.
August 7 and 15
This Athol Fugard classic is set in the late ’50s in a small town in Port Elizabeth during a turbulent time in the history of South Africa. It tells a story of a feisty, confident and seductive shebeen queen who gave up a life of prostitution to focus on her flourishing business. A hint of romance unfolds between Queenie and a travelling salesman called Johnny, but is never fully realised.
The play features an all-star cast including Tony Kgoroge, Desmond Dube, Fana Mokoena and Masasa Mbangeni.
Mary Fitzgerald Square
South Meets South – An Evening with the Masters.
This one-night only classical jazz performance will feature Hugh Masekela sharing the stage with world-renowned Brazilian musician Egberto Gismonti. South Africa’s own rising jazz vocalist, Pu2ma, will guest feature.
For more information, visit: www.arts-alive.co.za
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