Just OUR Journey Media Release

Just OUR Journey Media Release

Media Release: The Cape Cultural Collective returns to Artscape with the production Just Our Journey

A year after its sold-out 10th anniversary Big Bash show, the CCC returns to the Artscape Theatre for its annual Heritage Month programme with a production called JUST OUR JOURNEY.

Through poetry, music and dance, an array of top performers will combine to reflect the incredible story of the CCC from humble beginnings in a City pub to a powerful arts and culture movement.

The show, which is co-hosted by the CCC and Artscape, takes place at the Artscape Theatre on Monday 24 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are R100, from Computicket.

The powerful line-up of artists includes Jill Levenberg of Suidooster and The Ellen Pakkies Story fame, super saxophonist Don Vino Prins, the ever-rising Rosa choir, opera maestros The Gentlemen’s Ensemble, the incredible Blackroots Marimba, the young energetic dancers of Likhwezi Arts Project, powerful poet Khadija Heeger, the other abled Unmute, the fabulous drag artist Manila von Teez, ethnomusicology artists Azanian Aesthetics and Hip-Hop group In the Key of B.

The Director of The Big Bash is Shihaam Domingo, who has been involved in great productions in the City. The talented and versatile young musician Dillon April is the Musical Director.

“I am amazed by the CCCs depth of work and the impact it makes through choirs, cultural programmes, youth development and social cohesion initiatives,” said Domingo.

“This is a story that deserves to be told and I feel privileged to be directing this particular production,” she said.

The CCC was initiated by a few former anti-apartheid activists and young post-apartheid poets who teamed up to host monthly cultural programmes featuring poetry, music and dance. The programmes are now in their eleventh year, with growing quality and impact over time.

The CCC has several other successful projects under its belt including the amazing Rosa choir, a multilingual and diverse choral group, the junior Rosa choir and a poetry anthology that incorporates the work of nine poets.

In 2010 the group organised four major community concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of the Western Cape. In 2013, the CCC sent four poets to France where they performed a production called Uhadi, at the Paris Autumn Festival.

Two more choirs came into being in 2017 and 2018, the Young at Heart choir in Bishop Lavis and the Wesley Practising School choir.

This year, the CCC received funding from the Foundation for Human Rights for six human rights themed events across the City. Four have already been completed with huge success, including concerts and human rights workshops in Bonteheuwel and Tambo Village.

The projects all reflect the CCC’s values of non-racialism, inclusivity, non-sexism and development. They incorporate all the languages and cultures of our region.

“We had no idea that the CCC would flourish in the way it has,” said Mansoor Jaffer, CCC chairperson.

“The Artscape production brings together the artists, activists and audiences that together keep the dynamic Arts sector going and growing,” he said.

“We look forward to Just Our Journey as another major step in the unfolding CCC story,” he concluded.

For more information contact;

Elizabeth Schutter   Elizabeth.schutter@gmail.com  084 6162687

June Knight    june.knight@gmail.com  079 1835170

Kay Jaffer    kayjaffer@gmail.com   082 2023131

Artscape:         FB: Cape Cultural Collective   Website: http://capeculturalcollective.org.za/

Letter from the Chairperson

Letter from the Chairperson

September 2018

Friends, supporters, music, poetry, dance and art lovers

We want to share some of the weird and wonderful things happening in this space. The CCC is in the second half of its eleventh year and continues to grow and flourish. Allow us to give you some insight into what is going down.

  • Our major annual event takes place on Heritage Day at Artscape. The Production, called Just Our Journey, celebrates the inspiring story of the CCC through poetry, music and dance. Watch out for details during our marketing campaign. Tickets at R100 have gone on sale.
  • We have just successfully completed our campaign to recruit 100 people to our Circle of Culture Each person contributes a minimum of R150 each to the CCC. This has taken us to virtual self-sufficiency with regards to our core work, without having to go begging to a government department, corporate or lottery. A huge thanks to all who have joined.
  • In April this year, we received funding from the Foundation for Human Rights to run six programmes with a strong human rights focus. We conceptualised these as consisting of two elements – a cultural concert and a human rights workshop. Four are completed. The first, in Bonteheuwel in April, was attended by more than 800 people, of whom 50 youth attended the Human Rights workshop. The second combined the communities of Gugulethu, Manenberg and Tambo Village and was called We Are One. Six hundred people attended the concert and 60 the workshop. The initiative showed that there was substantial unity in action across boundaries, contrary to the public narrative that shows people in constant conflict with each other. The third was the Rosa choir concert called Music and Friendship performed to a packed-out audience of 300 at the Novalis Institute in Wynberg. The Human Rights workshop was held in co-operation with the Good Hope Seminary school with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and dialogues. CCC partnered with Artscape for a Women’s Festival on 9 August. The gender workshop took place at the end of the month. The two outstanding events are a junior choir camp and concert in October and a Cultural Picnic at the Castle of Good Hope on 2 December 2018. The first is co-ordinated by Hilary Oostendorp and Aziza Davids and the Castle event by June Knight. More details to follow. Kay Jaffer, our fundraiser, has worked closely with the FHR and Elizabeth Schutter and Cheryl Jason have provided the administrative and financial support to make the series the success it has been so far.
  • The CCC is now involved with four choirs. We initiated two – the Rosa Choir and the junior Rosa Choir – formed in 2012 and 2015 respectively. In 2017, we joined hands with Vulamathuba (Communicare), to form a choir at Huis Alleyne in Bishop Lavis. This year, we developed a similar partnership with the Wesley Practicing School to form a school choir. The Rosa choir is seriously on the rise and increasingly in demand. Just last month, we performed at the CTICC, at the Good Hope Seminary school and at St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton with a visiting choir from America. We were thrilled to have Archbishop Tutu and his wife Leah in attendance. The juniors are progressing steadily under the capable leadership of Aziza Davids (Project Manager) and Janine Parenzee (Choir Director), ably supported by youth Lihle Yenge and Chadwin Nel. Next month we will share more information on the Vulamathuba choir.
  • Rosa choir musician Zackie Johnson prepared a group of our junior choir members to present a short drama to a Theatre Group this past Saturday 8 September 2018. The presentation was well received.
  • A company called Hot Coffee Media, is assisting with our media and marketing efforts. Driven by Lynn Dreyer, there have already been positive results.
  • The CCC will have its first AGM on 13 October, since we became an NPO early last year. A Board will be established, and an audited financial statement presented. More details will follow soon.

There is a lot more to say, but some of it will be reserved for future editions. For now, we simply want to thank our team that drives this progress, the many artists that we work with, the communities that we engage with and the audiences who keep on supporting our projects and programmes.

Mansoor Jaffer

CCC Chairperson

On behalf of the Steering Committee

The Big Bash Media Release

The Big Bash Media Release

Media Release: Some of the country’s finest in line-up for The Big Bash, 10th anniversary celebration of the Cape Cultural Collective

A powerful line-up of comedy, poetry, dazzling dance and an incredible array of musical performances will be on show in The Big Bash, a production that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Cape Cultural Collective.

The show, which is co-hosted by the CCC and Artscape, takes place at the Artscape Theatre

on Thursday 21 September at 8pm. Tickets are R120, from Computicket.

The production includes some of the country’s and city’s finest performers including the legendary Dizu Plaatjies, comedian and actor Riaad Moosa and respected Flamenco guitarist Bienyameen Camroodien.

The line-up is completed by the incredible vocalist Ernestine Deane and her band, the Young Men Malay choir, the energetic Jazzart Dancers, the magical Rosa Choir, James Bhemjee and the Cape Flats tenors and poets Ziqu Profound Ndabizetha, Khadija Tracey Heeger and Chris Ferndale.

Plaatjies and Camroodien will be accompanied by a group of musicians and dancers, who will respectively bring enchanting African traditional and Flamenco entertainment to the stage.

Plaatjies, an ethnomusicologist, toured more than 150 countries with the popular group Amampondo. Moosa performs nationally and internationally and has had acting roles in the movies Material and Long Walk to Freedom. Camroodien is the most senior Flamenco guitarist in the country and heads up the popular band Los Gitanos.

Ernestine Deane is well-known as the vocalist of iconic SA hip hop band Moodphase5ive and respected as a solo artist in music, film and theatre performance. She has a career spanning more than two decades.

The Director of The Big Bash is Basil Appolis who has been responsible for several acclaimed productions. The talented and versatile Camillo Lombard is the musical director.

“The Cape Cultural Collective has been nurturing the dream of uniting people from diverse backgrounds through arts and culture,” said Appolis.

“It includes everything that I love, the genres of music, the dynamic choir, the poetry, rap and dance, from flamenco to the riel,” he added.

“I am privileged and honoured to be directing this exciting production that celebrates their ten- year journey, “said Appolis.

This production reflects on the development of the CCC from small steps in a local pub to a dynamic arts and culture platform in the City.

The CCC was initiated by a few former anti-apartheid activists and young post-apartheid poets who teamed up to host monthly cultural programmes featuring poetry, music and dance.

The programmes are now in their tenth year, with growing quality and impact over time.

The CCC has several other successful projects under its belt including the amazing Rosa choir, a multilingual and diverse choral group, the junior Rosa choir that consists of children between the ages of 10 and 14 and a poetry anthology that incorporates the work of nine poets.

In 2010 the group organised four major community concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UWC. In 2013, the CCC sent four poets to France where they performed a production called Uhadi, at the Paris Autumn Festival.

The projects all reflect the CCC’s values of non-racialism, inclusivity, non-sexism and development. They incorporate all the languages and cultures of our region.

“We never dreamed that the CCC would grow the way it has and make such a huge impact in our City,” said Mansoor Jaffer, CCC chairperson.

” We look forward to The Big Bash to celebrate the progress achieved by artists, audiences and activists working together to bring about change through arts and culture.

“Even more importantly, it signals the beginning of the second decade of the CCC with its endless possibilities,” he said.

For more information contact;

Elizabeth Schutter   Elizabeth.schutter@gmail.com  084 6162687

June Knight    june.knight@gmail.com  079 1835170

Kay Jaffer    kayjaffer@gmail.com   082 2023131

Artscape:

FB: Cape Cultural Collective

Website: http://capeculturalcollective.org.za/