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Cultural Collective acts at The Slave Church Museum

Published Aug 26, 2015

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THE Cape Cultural Collective will end women’s month on a high note with a concert at The Slave Church Museum in Long Street on Friday. A diverse group of Cape Town-based performers have been drafted for this monthly concert, which starts at 7pm.

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The Collective is a diverse cultural group that promotes ideals of unity, inclusivity and equality and draws a link between history and the social challenges of our time.

At Friday’s event the audience can to tune in to the poetic lyrics of hip hop artist Natasha C Tafari, aka Sibannac, as well listen to the melodic vocals of Maya Spector. Also on the bill is SAMA-nominated singer Auriol Hays. Zulfah Abrahams, a multi-disciplinary artist whose interests include identity and gender politics, also appears.

The programme will also feature the multi-lingual Rosa Choir and Bamunye Arts, a contemporary dance group from Langa, as well as The Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, who will perform their Break the chain of Gender Based Violence dance.

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June Knight of the Cape Cultural Collective says the event will celebrate the spirit of the women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956, a group that cut across the political and racial spectrum.

“Eight years on, audiences still stream to the Cape Cultural Collective’s monthly programme to witness the creative talent our city has to offer in the form of dance, the spoken word and music. Over time, the team that puts this together has learned to find the right balance between inclusivity, creativity and professionalism,” adds chairperson Mansoor Jaffer.

“The Slave Church Museum, with its deep-rooted connection to our slave history and wonderful acoustics, is the ideal place for thought-provoking and entertaining programmes of this nature,” he said.

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Entry is free and donations are welcome. Sound will be provided by Elton Goslett. Refreshments will be on sale, courtesy of The Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies.

The Cape Cultural Collective has spearheaded numerous successful arts and culture projects for the last eight years, including the monthly cultural programmes, a poetry anthology, the celebrated Rosa Choir and a poetry production titled Uhadi, that was performed at the Paris Autumn Festival in 2013. They work closely with cultural groups from Langa, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg and plan to launch a junior choir next month.

l Information: June Knight, 079 1835170, [email protected]

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