Venue: Artscape Arena
Venue: Alexander Bar & Cafe
Venue: Stellenbosch University Konservatorium
What a perfect antidote to a long Monday at the office. The weekly get-together at the Barleycorn Music Club is an open-mic event, one you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Cape Town. Apart from its primary role of showcasing local talent, Barleycorn has created a unique culture of appreciation for musicians. Audience members are not indulging in drinks and conversations while bands selflessly serenade in the background. Rather, we’re sitting and listening in attentive silence.
It’s hard to pick one, two or even three best parts of David Kramer’s latest masterpiece, District Six – Kanala. It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music.
It was the last installment of the 2015/2016 Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, and the usual crowd of beer-drinkers and champagne-sippers had trickled onto the grass when The Vanilla opened the show to warm daylight and the buzz of concert-goers’ chatter. Their music is characterised by distinctive vibey tunes and a spunky, almost African sound that’s definitely pleasing to the ear.