The racial divides of Cape Town are still very much a reality. Even the geography of the city accentuates the boundaries which prevent our city from integrating into a unified whole. How can we bring communities together so that they can work together and strike common chords? If there are significant mental and physical obstacles to re-integration, how do we create platforms that allow these communities to collectively create the world anew?
Music unites people and the Ubuntu Mash up is designed to break down these boundaries through artistic collaboration. Already, eMzantsi Carnival artists from communities in Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Fish Hoek are rehearsing with established DJs from Cape Town with this manadate of creating something new and exciting for their first event;
‘Videolicious & Ubuntu Mash Up’
Gum boot dancers dressed up like neon ninja’s, adding the licks off their boots to the beats of live afro House. Or a traditional African harmony group adding their deep vocals to a tribal techno rhythm. Caring Clowns, fire performers, video art installations, inventive puppets, and a class act of fun, improvisational local bands and DJs doing Balkan, Electro, African, Folk, Techno and Reggae performances;
TOBY2SHOES, REGAN, NOMADIC ORCHESTRA, THE TIME FLIES, SPEKTA vs MARHOSI (GUM BOOT TROOP FROM EMZANTSI), FLETCHER vs VAN DIE BOKKE (EMZANTSI), JAN LOHFELDT, THE RIVERTONES, JEZZA VS CAPE VELVET (EMZANTSI)
The belief is that through starting a conversation through artistic expression, we can embrace our diversity while creating a shared vision for the future.
Ubuntu Mash up will be a year long process of musical which culminates at the Afrika Burns creative arts festival. Here these various community groups will come together and transform the canvass of the Karoo desert into a powerful symbol of Ubuntu and joint African creativity. At the annual festival, which is quickly becoming one of the most unique and exciting events on the calendar, groups manifest creative visions in the spirit of radical self expression, self sufficiency and community building. The divisions of race, class and age all fall away as people blend into a symphony of colour, movement and sound.
WHEN : 9pm Mon 8th of August, 9th is a public holiday!
WHERE: Zula bar, new venue at 98 Long Street, Cape Town (next to FNB)
DAMAGE: R 40 if you dress up, R 50 if not – Prizes for the best dressed!