Cut & Paste06.12.2011
CUT & PASTE
Zula Bar – 98 Long Street – Cape Town – 10 December – Doors open 20h30 – R70 at the door
Purple Park feat. Jitsvinger (ZA/CH)
Soul Housing Project (ZA)
Nástio Mosquito (Angola)
Siya Makuzeni (ZA)
Peter Aerschmann (CH)
In gratitude for the vibrant and productive years it has spent in Cape Town, Pro Helvetia hosts an event in Cape Town called ‘Cut & Paste’ on 10 December 2011. Taking the stage at Zula will be a diverse line-up of artists representing the wide spectrum of Pro Helvetia’s work. Audiences can expect a live music programme that takes in everything from jazz, soul and hip-hop to spoken-word poetry and DJ turntablism. The line-up includes Swiss-Southern African collaborations Wavelength and Purple Park, Angolan spoke-word poet Nástio Mosquito and the Soul Housing Project, led by Bokani Dyer and Sakhile Moleshe. The event also will feature video art projections by Swiss artist Peter Aerschmann, a recent Pro Helvetia artist in residence.
Pro Helvetia has enjoyed a 13-year residence in the Cape, during which time it has facilitated a fertile exchange between Swiss and Southern African arts, supported the showcasing of Swiss contemporary art works in various disciplines, and also directly funded the regional arts sector through its mandate from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It is highly regarded for its support of emerging practitioners who work in the contemporary art sector.
Pro Helvetia decided to relocate to Johannesburg to strengthen its position in the region. The new location places Pro Helvetia in the hub of the Southern African arts scene and also will increase the Swiss Arts Council’s accessibility to other vital areas of the Southern African arts sector, e.g. Harare and Maputo. Pro Helvetia will continue to engage with its partners in Cape Town and throughout the rest of the country and the Southern African region.
“The move is really a change of venue. We have always been an office with a regional scope, and thus we will continue to engage with our Cape Town partners. Nevertheless, the new location will give us extra impetus. We look forward to strengthening and broadening our partnerships, having a deeper impact across the South African borders, and meaningfully complementing all the exciting developments in the regional professional arts sector from our new base in Johannesburg,” said the head of Pro Helvetia in Southern Africa, Jasper Walgrave.
The band Wavelength plays music focusing on acoustic and analogue electronic sounds to create a rich combination of groove, melody and texture. All four musicians share a common interest in their respective traditions and play with the intention of exploring their combined musicality and reaching new highs every time they share the stage. With some jazz influences, a hint of world music, a chunk of electro and a hearty slab of improvisation, the quartet wind their way through compositions that showcase the talents of: Jan Galega Brönnimann (CH, bass clarinet, FX), Shane Cooper (ZA, electric bass, FX), Ronan Skillen (ZA, tabla, percussion, didgeridoo), and Jonno Sweetman (ZA, drums).
This Swiss/South African collaboration has been in the making since South African hip-hop stalwart DJ Hamma’s first visit to St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2006. There he formed a friendship with Nils Antenin aka DJ Pacman, based on their common love of DJing, progressive underground music and turntables. The two vinyl junkies performed live DJ sets side-by-side at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2007 and also at club dates in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Now they’re back in South Africa with an official band name, “Purple Park”, and also with support from Swiss producer/sound engineer Thedawn and South African drummer and bassist Andre Swartz. Award-winning Afrikaans-vernacular rapper Jitsvinger will provide guest vocals.
In his own words: “I believe you could call me DZzzz, Gavião, Fly, The Night Fly, Saco, Nasty- O, Cucumber Slice, Zura, Zurara, e Dzzzzura, and I would always recognise your call! But if you really want to know, my mother calls me António Nástio da Silva Mosquito, always followed by ‘“I’ve warned you!” I was born in Angola in the month of the enlightened! I am the Crab and for that reason they say I have the potential of being a born psychologist, or even a teacher! Well, I confess that I’ve decided to be a creative tramp with financial worries! Portugal was the arena where I learned some of the tables, and also learned that a ton of lead and a ton of cotton weigh exactly the same! Queijas, Coimbra, Queijas and then Linhó! The first poem I sang was called “Abortion”. I sang it to two or three friends. They said that it was cool, I believed them and I’ve never stopped since then.”
The Soul Housing Project
The Soul Housing project is a young, vibrant band from Cape Town which offers the sounds of ‘groove’ in a variety of styles: hip-hop, deep- soul, house, dub, drum & bass and jazz, but with elements that are also distinctly Southern African. Dubbed ‘A Soul Housing Project’ because it provides the much needed sanctuary for one’s insatiable appetite for good music, the band is indeed a home of music for the soul that offers healing to be it a lost, broken, joyful, creative, enlightened or playful soul who experiences the music. The band was jointly formed in 2007 by Bokani Dyer (keys) and Sakhile Moleshe (vocals). They will appear as a seven-piece outfit at Zula, with Eugene Ackerman (bass), Anthon Mannel (drums), Angelo Syster (guitar), Graham Beyer (trombone) and Darren English (trumpet).
Besides regularly collaborating with A-list musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, 340ml, Simphiwe Dana, Tlale Makhene, Themba Mkhize, Greg Georgiades, McCoy Mrubata and Feya Faku, Siya Makuzeni is also the lead vocalist and trombonist of her own eclectic jazz-based group, Ippyfüz. Makuzeni picked up her weapon of choice in 1997 while attending Stirling High School in East London and studied a BMusJazz degree at the Pretoria Technikon Music School. She has since toured and performed around the globe, most notably in Italy where she contributed to the soundtrack of Forse Dio è Malato (Maybe God is Ill) with the Oscar-winning company CAM Scores. A session musician and voice-over artist in her spare time, Makuzeni has lent her song-writing skills to a recent album by Marcus Wyatt, Afronaut’s Mpemba Effect, Rudeboy Paul’s Azanian Pulse Second Offering, Grassroots, and her vocals to the Carlo Mombelli-led Prisoners of Strange, to name a few.