Arts fes­ti­val to cater for var­i­ous tastes

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WHEN it comes to mu­sic at this year’s edi­tion of the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val (NAF) there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. From jazz to rock, choral and cabarets, what­ever your taste, you are sure to find some­thing that tick­les your fancy.

Fes­ti­val go­ers can look for­ward to per­for­mances by Ju­dith Se­phuma, Zenzi Makeba Lee, Good­luck, Seba Kaap­stad and many more.

Af­ter per­form­ing to a sold­out DSG Hall last year, Cape Town duo The Kiff­ness has been in­vited back to the NAF. David Scott, who plays the key­board and trum­pet, along with Raiven Hans­mann, who plays the sax­o­phone, will be joined by vo­cal­ist Matthew Gold.

The Kiff­ness have rapidly be­come one of South Africa’s favourite live elec­tronic acts, pro­duc­ing jazzy, groovy house mu­sic and an ex­cit­ing live show with a mix of un­in­hib­ited danc­ing, skilled live in­stru­men­ta­tion and deep groov­ing house beats.

An­other crowd-puller is bound to be The Soil. Their mu­sic is de­fined as “kasi soul”, and fea­tures, in a con­tem­po­rary town­ship style of course, an eclec­tic mix of gen­res such as jazz, hip hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul. They have per­formed on many in­ter­na­tional stages, in­clud­ing the Apollo The­ater in the US, the Ed­in­burgh and Afro Vibes fes­ti­vals in the UK and even the Wo­man Fes­ti­val in Chile. The band is made up of Buhle Mda, Luphindo Ngxanga and Nt­sika Ngxanga.

They will be per­form­ing some fan favourites from their pre­vi­ous al­bums and also some songs off their new al­bum, Echoes of Kofifi.

The Stan­dard Bank Na­tional Youth Jazz Band is also some­thing to look for­ward to. This band presents a se­lec­tion of the top young jazz mu­si­cians in the coun­try be­tween the ages of 19 and 25.

R&B singer Jimmy Ne­vis, who is known for hits like Heart Box­ing and 7764, will bring his unique mix of pop and R&B stylings to the arts fes­ti­val stage, along with his full tour­ing band, which in­cludes Anzio Sauls, Re­van Oc­to­ber and Ruben Crowie.

For a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence, fes­ti­val go­ers will be treated to per­for­mances by lo­cal East­ern Cape dancers and mu­si­cians. In 2015 and 2016, the East­ern Cape in­dige­nous mu­sic and dance en­sem­ble pre­sented We Salute Madiba, in hon­our of Nel­son Man­dela.

The cast of men and women will ex­plore the var­i­ous dance forms from the province and how these in­flu­enced the lives of these great lead­ers.

Po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism is at the cen­tre of the nar­ra­tor’s story in this per­for­mance.

Also, for the first time in six years, South Africa’s old­est orches­tra, the Cape Town Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, is back at the NAF. The CPO, which was es­tab­lished in 1914, will play un­der the di­rec­tion of prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor Bern­hard Gueller, whose last ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val was in 2015.

The CPO will play the over­ture to The Mar­riage of Fi­garo by Mozart and the Franck Sym­phony in D Mi­nor, while Luis Ma­gal­hães, a Por­tuguese-born South African pi­anist, will per­form Beethoven’s Pi­ano Con­certo No 3.

The cast of will ex­plore dif­fer­ent dance forms

CROWD PULLERS: TOP: The Soil, who have per­formed on in­ter­na­tional stages, and, above: Jimmy Ne­vis will be pro­mot­ing his new al­bum at Westville’s Pav­il­ion and uMh­langa’s Gate­way on Sun­day.

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