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
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.