Monthly Archives: March 2018

Cape Town for Jesus

The Lord really works in mysterious ways, as I was walking in the City Centre this morning I saw a gathering of people outside the Castle of Goodhope. I walked over and enquired what was happening, lo and behold I was just in time for a…

I quickly registered, got a bottle of water, red balloon and a placard. I was ready and excited to be apart of spreading Hope and Prosperity in our beautiful City.

Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.” …
Matthew 27:19 ESV

As we are in Holy Week, the walk also highlighted the scenes of Jesus carrying the Cross before he would be crucified for our sins, we walked towards Parliament singing Koorkies and chanting “Jesus for Cape Town, Cape Town for Jesus”….the pray is for Jesus to heal our land and bring Rain from Heaven.

Young and old joined in the March, singing and chanting, this got me excited and I really felt a sense of Hope seeing so many people join in one voice. We stopped at Parliament and the prays that went out was a real moving experience. We prayed for our Government, we prayed for the Youth, we prayed for our Country, we prayed for everyone who needs healing and reaffirming the fact that God Loves Us All…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 ESV

I am really thankful for the blessing to have been apart of todays march, my pray is that the Holy Spirit rains on us all and that we keep in mind the reason for the season.

God Bless.

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THE COUNTDOWN TO EFC CAPE TOWN HAS BEGUN

It all goes down next Saturday!

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On Saturday March 31, the organisation’s most experienced athlete, South Africa’s Martin van Staden challenges the undefeated No.1 contender, England’s Gavin Hughes for the vacant EFC lightweight championship of the world and co-headlining the fight card, former champion, USA’s Dave Mazany, goes head-to-head with South African MMA legend, Chris Bright.
Topping off the main card, Zimbabwe’s Regis Muyambo puts South Africa’s Roedie Roets to the test, city favorite Faeez Jacobs takes on England’s Cal Ellenor and opening the main card with a bang we see the undefeated Gary Joshua collide with the experienced Martin de Beer.

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The Hills Have Eyes

There is something about Open Streets that gets me excited, maybe it’s the fact that you can move freely with no worries of cars, seeing so many smiling faces, families spending time together or that you can just stand on a Hill and watch this glorious scene unfold….The Streets are open to all…

When Open Streets Cape Town comes to your area expect anything from Gymnastics, Putt Putt, Spinning sessions and Food…hmmm the smells are so enticing you definitely have to stop for a bite to eat.

Today the people of Mitchells Plain opened up their street, I saw people dancing, singing, running, skating…young and old enjoying the experience.

I enjoy that Open Streets encourages using public transport, they introduced the A to B Challenge focusing on lowering our carbon footprint. I think it also opens your eyes to new possibilities our city has to offer in terms of public transport even though ofcourse it needs to be upgraded but events like this can bring abit of positivity to a negative situation.

I also came across an interesting stall called Kroes Rocks, selling apparel for men and woman who love the natural look, infact they encourage you to Rock it and embrace what you have been given, why be oppressed by your hair – You are Beautiful just the way you are.

You can follow them on Instagram and Facebook as well as the website http://www.kroesrocks.co.za//

Another cool thing about Open Streets is that it gives a voice to the people at least that is what I also experienced today. A guy named Ezra hooked up some speakers in an alley off the street, plugged in his guitar and when he started playing and singing, he drew a nice crowd who loved his performance – it was great.

I have seen the concept of Open Street grow in our city and I hope it stays and inspires change and growth in all involved as well as the people who attend.

Keep the Streets Open, I love it.

14th annual Baxter Dance Festival now calling for applications for 2018 festival

The annual Baxter Dance Festival will take place from 4 to 13 October 2018 and choreographers, independent dance-makers, dance studios, schools, companies and groups, are now invited to apply to be part of this year’s programme. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 30 April 2018, so performers are urged to get their applications in as early as possible.

The 2018 Baxter Dance Festival consists of the Main Programme which will include invited and commissioned works, as well as work by established professional choreographers and companies and runs for the entire festival. The Off-Main Programme, on Saturday, 6 October, will showcase the work by up-and-coming choreographers (including student work), and the Fringe Programme on Saturday, 13 October, will include work by youth groups, dance schools, school groups, traditional dance groups and others.

The festival is the premier dance event of its kind in the Western Cape and has become a must-see platform for studios, companies, choreographers and dance-enthusiasts. Notwithstanding its limited funding, the festival continues to grow significantly every year, making it the ideal festival to experience the diversity and enormous dance talent in the province.

The Baxter Dance Festival aims to create opportunities for emerging and established dance companies and choreographers to present their work, while nurturing and promoting the diverse dance talent in the province. The festival creates the ideal environment to experience and see work by established professionals, as well as exciting up-and-coming dance practitioners.

The Baxter Theatre Centre provides a comprehensive production package to participants, including lighting, sound, technical assistance, publicity, box office facilities, printed programmes and pre-show rehearsal arrangements, making it an efficient experience for contributing dance groups and companies.

Previous choreographers of the commissioned work are Ebrahim Medell (2005), Marlin Zoutman (2006), collaborators Yarisha Singh and Celeste Botha (2007), Levern Botha (2008), Mamela Nyamza (2009), Carolyn Holden from La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre (2010), Grant van Ster (2011), Ananda Fuchs (2012), Steven van Wyk and Thalia Laric in 2014, Louise Coetzer of Darkroom Contemporary in 2016 and Themba Mbuli in 2017. These choreographers have continued to make their mark in the world of dance, both locally and abroad with both Themba Mbuli and Darkroom Contemporary having been to the 30th Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg this year.

Since its inception in 2004, well over 500 local choreographers have showcased their work at the festival, featuring close to 5000 dancers from more than 400 studios, dance schools, projects and professional companies from across the Western Cape, presenting an array of dance styles and genres including contemporary, classical, African, modern and Spanish.

Application forms are available fromhttp://www.baxter.co.za/shows/baxter-dance-festival-2018-applications/ ,www.facebook.com/baxtertheatre. For further information about the festival, please contact Nicolette Moses, Artistic Director of the Baxter Dance Festival on 021 680 3964 or email baxterdancefestival@uct.ac.za. Only electronic applications will be accepted. All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 30 April 2018.

Free to be leka

For the 19th year now The Cape Town International Jazz Festival entertains the lovers of good vibey music in our beautiful city, with that comes a special free concert just to prepare us for what’s to be expected this coming weekend…

..Yip yip it is that time again, and with it being Human Rights Day today I think we are Free to be leka.

The concert features some of the talented artists who will be performing at the festival over the weekend, it gives us the opportunity to see of our amazing local musicians together with the international acts.

An afternoon of top class entertainment, today was something special though because love was definitely in the air. People were dancing, smiling and enjoying the good music. The Soil were my favourite, they really moved me and hit my soul with their voices. They brought us so much JOY.

I think the headlines in the newspapers today will be the moment when Claire Phillips proposed on stage, she showed us that love is LOVE and we are free to express it to whomever we want. Congratulations, a memorable moment indeed.

Capetonians hou van party and we stay till the music stops, don’t let the musicians play some Bob Marley then you know we all on the One Love Vibe. The mense dancing with their Darling Brew jumping around like a Rogue Pony, ek sè wee is mos free to be leka.

Alistair Izobell ended off a fantastic evening with some old school hits, we even got a little bit of drizzle in Cape Town…..we need the rain so it is welcome. We don’t care, come Let in Rain on our Parade.

Inside Out

“One has to notice the small things in life because it is the detail that reveals the great moments” – R.B. Wien

Below this star we witnessed some amazing moments through music, dance and poetry….YEAH if you follow my stories you’ll know where I was tonight. EK WAS KERK TOE!!

The Rosa Choir told me not to worry about a thing in 3 different languages (English, Afrikaans and Xhosa), we are a diverse country and it is our HUMAN RIGHT to be able to express ourselves in any language we choose.

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humour and style.” – Maya Angelou

Once again the Cape Cultural Collective brought together a variety of artists from across the country to take us to places we never even knew existed, each performer had PASSION, COMPASSION, HUMOUR and STYLE and my pray is to see each one of them THRIVE.

Azanian Aesthetics: Musical ensemble didn’t need words, it was only sounds from their mouths and instruments that put me in a trance as I closed my eyes I drifted away to an African Village feeling free and fresh…..then with a CLAP CLAP..

I was brought back to reality as poets Allison-Claire Hoskins and Roché Kester smacked me with the power of words, the poems were deep rooted….as always when it comes to poetry I am left speechless, rather breathless at the honesty that comes through the poems. The pen is really mightier than the sword and words do sting when coming from that raw place we sometimes try and hide….but as Roché says “Let the Poet Speak”.

“Each day is a loan, spend it wisely” – unknown

This dynamic duo know how to entertain a crowd, yislaaikit They Don’t Care ekse hulle gebruik, dromme, guitar, violin, en soma hulle toone oek om music te maak – And That MUSIC will move you. I am a huge fan of Julian Wenn and I think he has found the perfect partner, it is just pure magic like Diamond and Gold they can do anything…watch out for Didi and Jules….WENN Julian gooi those crazy eyes dan wiet djy, djy was ge WENNTERTAIN.

Yoh the Cape Cultural Collective always bring their A-Game when it comes to finding talent so much artists on the line up we soma have a break in-between too.

After the break we heard the Rosa Choir and Ziqu Pro-Found Ndabezitha render an item and like the name says it was a Profound collaboration.

“Remember, there are no mistakes only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices and everything is possible” – Cherie-Carter Scott

After a little to much partying last night (she confessed this herself), Auriol Hays took to the stage performing a little warm up vocal training but once she got going toe wiet ek sy kan enigge song vat en dan maak sy dit mooi…she even drove some of the mense in the audience CRAZY, ons het leka saam gedans and gesing.

Lastly Mr Jaz himself got the crowd toot tooting hahaha that was a leka laugh, Roeshdien Jaz ended off an amazing evening of talent that gave me that good feeling Inside and Out.

Thank you to The Cape Cultural Collective and all the artists for always making these events memorable.

Amen.

This time for Africa

After 6 months out of my home country, it has been an amazing experience but I am glad to be back on home soil safely….the best way to experience a welcome back is listening to local music.

I was lucky enough to be back on the same weekend when KFM hosted some of the top South African artists on one stage…..ain’t nothing Kak about Kday.

The line up is amazing, the weather is perfect…al is dit Kaas warm, maar wie worry oor dit as jy ‘n paar biere in jou mag het en jy dans voor die stage, dis mos nog festive of hoe??

What I like about Kday is that it is a day for anyone to enjoy, families friends, ouma en oupa daar is iets vir almal and ofcourse the music is top quality.

Experience – Mi Casa, AKA, Matthew Mole, Shekhinah, Timo ODV, Locnville, Craig Lucas, Youngsta CPT, Jimmy Nevis, DJ Kent, Paxton, Gangs of Ballet and Freshly Ground… LIVE on one stage… in one day!

The crowd enjoyed every minute screaming and dancing as their favourite artists wooed them with their voices or different musical instruments used.

My favourites were Locnville, Dj Kent and Matthew Mole….the Headline Act Freshlyground also ended off the event on a great high reminding us that we on one family and should be proud to be called Africans….because…

This is for Africa!!!