It’s a Mother City of a party!

If you’re in Cape Town dur­ing the World Cup, you’re in for the biggest cul­tural treat of your life

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Tonight’s head­line act is Zim­bab­wean-bor n Oliver Mtukudzi, who has pro­duced no fewer than 57 al­bums since he first be­gan record­ing in 1975. He ex­per­i­ments with tra­di­tional African in­stru­ments like the mbira and marimba, fused with elec­tric gui­tars and other mod­ern in­stru­ments.

To­mor­row night you can catch lo­cal favourites Gold­fish, who mix jazzy dou­ble bass, sax and key­board sounds with sam­ples, ef­fects and syn­the­sis­ers to cre­ate unique dance tracks which have cat­a­pulted them to in­ter­na­tional fame. See more about them and their favourite Cape Town places on page 8.

Mon­day is a match day here in Cape Town (Italy v Paraguay), and en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by BLK Sonshine and Coda, while Tues­day is themed Por­tuguese in hon­our of the match against Ivory Coast, so the Mor­eira Project, led by award-win­ning Mozam­bi­can Mor­eira Chonguica, play their funky African jazz fu­sion, fol­lowed by Tu­can Tu­can.

Wed­nes­day, June 16, is Youth Day, a pub­lic hol­i­day, and as part of the cel­e­bra­tions, a world record at­tempt at the biggest diski dance will be made. Two hun­dred dancers will min­gle among the crowd dur­ing the day, show­ing how it’s done, while on stage pro­fes­sional dancers will take vis­i­tors through the steps, which you’ll see on the big screen.

Af­ter a fi­nal re­hearsal at 7pm, the dancers will take up their po­si­tion on stage along­side African drum­mers and var­i­ous celebri­ties, and the crowd will be in­vited to join in. If that doesn’t get them in the mood for the match be­tween Bafana Bafana and Uruguay, noth­ing will.

Multi-award-win­ning R&B artist and heart­throb Loy­iso, who was once head of the pres­ti­gious Drak­ens­berg Boys Choir and leader of the Na­tional Youth Choir at the ten­der age of 19, will wow the crowds just ahead of the diski dance.

Thurs­day is a bit of a chill day, but on Fri­day it’s full steam ahead again when Eng­land play Al­ge­ria, and the fan­tas­tic reg­gae/ska/ dance­hall band The Rudi­men­tals take to the stage.

There will be a daz­zling laser light show, and sus­te­nance in the for m of lekker lo­cal foods like Malay chicken curry, lamb neck potjie and boere­wors rolls, along with prego rolls, pizza, hot dogs, ham­burg­ers and steam­ing hot soup. Wine and beer will be on sale to vis­i­tors over 18.

Vis­i­tors must pass through se­cu­rity check points in Dar­ling Street and at the cor ner of Buitenkant and Long­mar­ket. Chil­dren un­der 14 must be with an adult, and food, al­co­hol, weapons or drugs be­ing brought in will be con­fis­cated.

See www.capetown fi­fafan­fest.com

STARS COME OUT TO PLAY: Award-win­ning R&B artist Loy­iso and Zim­bab­wean-born Oliver Mtukudzi will be wow­ing Cape Town soc­cer fans.

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