Once again the stage was set for a night filled with music, drama, poetry and dance. The Cape Cultural Collective presented their monthly programme this time focusing on gender under the theme WOMEN ARISE – #Phakamani Bafazi.
The line up included a diverse array of talented women, young and not so young….but by their energy these women were definitely young at heart.
The Blackroots Marimbas kicked off the evening with a vibrant performance incorporating a saxaphone solo, not sure if that was planned but it was awesome, the sound of the Marimba is really something to different and will definitely get any crowd jiving.
Next up we had Roche Kester who gave us a little taste of Black Beauty, she told us to Let the poet speak and we obliged hanging onto each word pouring out of her mouth. Inspiring stuff, she always brings out an emotion that makes one appreciate the art of Poetry – And So I Write…
The Hosanna Dance Group inspired women to never give up and keep the faith through their spiritual dance act and tambourine dance, the routine was a sight to behold and highly entertaining.
From young ladies we skipped a few generations ahead to the Golden Years Senior Club these ladies lit up the stage with their rendition of Siyahamba deserving their moment to shine – Welldone.
Natasha C Tafari aka Sabannac brought a different element to the night as she Turned it Up with rhythm and poetry flowing through hip-hop beats – mo fire mo fire my sister.
One of the stand out performances of the night was an extract of the play #WhatsLeftOut from black women students of the University of the Western Cape – I was really shocked and intrigued by the powerful message they portrayed, it was something unexpected but clear and precise in the words – Still I Breath, You are Enough – Love Yourself.
After the break we had the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies who after tonight changed their name to dancing ladies, jislaaik maar die anties kan dans. Hulle het vir ons jong mense gewys hoe om ons lyf ‘n leka tyd te gee, keirie of tenot as jy wil dans dan moet jy dans.
Koleka Putuma stired up emotions as she gave us the truth through her poetry she gave new meaning to the phrase Truth Hurts, but sometimes you need to hear these truths to break free and be inspired to change.
Janine aka Blaq Pearl soothed the audience with some jazz vocals her voice is amazing that I just had to purchase her CD, ya ek support my mense vannie Afrikaaps aweh.
When Dian Ferrus walked on stage and recited her poems you felt the silence and concentration in the audience, the way she delivers her work you feel that she is someone who deserves the respect bestowed upon her a true legend of the industry and an inspiration to many.
Lastly we had the loud and proud Maya Spector end off a fantastic evening with song and dance, she has an amazing stage presence and her energy is contagious.
A full line up of powerful, inspiring talented women who definitely rose to the occasion – they entertained us as best they could and I thank them and the organisers for their time and effort.
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