Shades of Freedom

Exploring visions of freedom through poetry, music and dance.

With Freedom day just days away the The Cape Cultural Collective and the Sendinggestig Museum treated us to a night of reflection through different art forms, from Bollywood dancers, deep rooted poems and soul enticing music this was definitely a evening of true reflection.

There was a time when we as South Africans could not gather like we did tonight, freedom was something we could only dream about, I say ‘we’ as I believe myself to be African not part of the struggle per say but definitely affected by the influence of the years our forefathers fought for our freedom. I acknowledge their sacrifice and appreciate the fact that I can be a part of such a gathering.

In the light of the recent Xenophobic attacks in our Country it was moving to see so many gathered to appreciate the immense local talent Cape Town has to offer. I have been to a few poetry sessions and I must say a poem is always more powerful when read out by the artist themselves,  only they would know how to convey the correct emotion thought out through their poem.

Byron Clarke and Salim Ismail gripped the audience with their soulful voices and talent on the guitar, the energy was invigorating as we clapped and sang along to popular renditions of ‘Thinking out loud’ – Ed Sheeran , ‘Say Something’ – Christina Aguilera  and Alicia Keys – ‘No One’.

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Each artist brought about their own energy and enthusiasm taking us through a journey of freedom with some fast paced Bollywood dancers in the mix too 😀

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It was Ernestine Deane who closed off the evening with her unforgettable voice – a vocalist of phenomenal talent and lyricist inspired by the stories of Cape Town, South Africa and the everyday human experiences of love and life.

With such an array of local talent in our country we should be blessed and honoured to have the opportunity to call ourselves South African, we should embrace our freedom and also respect the freedom of others through love and life we will make this a better place for all.

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‘So sé die Here’ – We are all equal

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