Music is a big part of our heritage, and a unique musical experience has a way of bringing people together. The City of Cape Town’s Arts & Culture Branch will mark Heritage Month alongside the Suidoosterfees with two awesome productions in which top artists from different music genres will collaborate on stage.
The Music in Motion development project is managed by Suidoosterfees and works towards hosting workshops and auditions in various communities, to not only identify talent, but also to provide training and mentorship towards a performance for young people aged 15 – 25 from across Cape Town. These young and upcoming artists will have the opportunity to hone their skills, while sharing the stage with their mentors.
Lockdown Legato: Kaapsentriek and Lockdown Legato: Maestros and Mentors will be released weekly as music videos on the festival’s online platforms, which will be free to the public. This kicked off last week. The productions will draw from music genres like opera, jazz, classical, traditional, cabaret, rap and rock.
As Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien said: “Heritage is also in our stories and the musical repertoires, instrument materials and the sounds. It is fitting that we celebrate Heritage Month with music from one of our grant-in-aid projects.”
Established artists who will participate include some of the country’s best-known names in the music industry: Die Heuwels Fantasties, Anna Davel, Kyle Seconna, Loukmaan Adams, Pierre van Heerden, Amanda Tiffin, Anathi Mobo, Zenobia Kloppers, Tarryn Lamb, Nicole Holm amongst many other great artists.
Anathi Mobo, one of South Africa’s brightest young jazz stars, will perform with her mentor, Amanda Tiffin, while Pierre van Heerden, known for his role in the international musical production of The Lion King, will sing with Loukmaan Adams. Together they will create fresh authentic sounds with Halala Afrika and the Malay choir song Rosa in the same mix!
“Young, talented artists will receive valuable encouragement during workshops with their mentors. They will now have the opportunity to perform with their idols. It is with great pride that we offer our support to aspiring musicians in this way,” Councillor Badroodien adds.
The music videos will be released online every week until early November on the Suidoosterfees social media platforms. Check it out over here: