City Hall Sessions turns up heat with three-day mini festival

Closet Snare. Image provided by Cape Town Partnership

City Hall Sessions will bring warmth to Cape Town’s winter with its second line-up for 2012, which will offer a range of voices and will explore the jazz and contemporary African music genres. The three-day mini festival will start on Thursday, July 5, and end on Saturday, July 7.

Opening night offers a feast for South African jazz lovers, with a big band directed by Silent Revolution Music, who also ran last year’s acclaimed “Winter Jazz Series”. The line-up includes featured principals, such as Errol Dyers, Khaya Mahlangu, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) and the legendary Morris Goldberg (whose participation is facilitated by Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown) with narrative by actor David Isaacs.

On Friday July 6, audiences will groove to Closet Snare, complete with a 12-piece string section and special guest stars Inge Beckmann, Bokani Dyer and EJ von Lyrik, before Joe Nina and MXO take the stage. The Contemporary African Music Session wraps up the hat-trick on Saturday, July 7, with a programme that includes guitar icon Madala Kunene and a rare Cape Town performance from Caiphus Semenya.

A photographic exhibition, Not Just Divas (courtesy of MOSHITO – The South African Music Conference), will be on display in the space. The exhibition includes 30 photographs of female musicians from, or performing in, South Africa; a pertinent collection ahead of women's day on August 9. Workshops for 45 music school (instrumental curriculum) students will be held over the three days. The daytime workshops will be mentored by several of the featured musicians.

MXO. Image provided by Cape Town Partnership

Funded by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund (NLDTF), City Hall Sessions is a project of The Cape Town Partnership’s Creative Cape Town programme, and is aimed at bringing a diverse, world-class music performance to the heart of the city.

Ticket prices range between R40 and R150, including substantial discounts for students, and are available from Computicket from Friday, June 22. Earlier this year, the March programme of City Hall Sessions sold out a week prior to the concert, therefore bookings are essential.

The concert starts at 19h30 on Thursday and 20h00 on both Friday and Saturday evening, at the Cape Town City Hall.

Further City Hall Sessions will take place in September.

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City Hall Sessions is a programme of the Cape Town Partnership. These sessions are made possible with the assistance of the National Lottery Development Trust Fund.

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