Participation of Top of African Woman for
Fund collection for Niger Humanitarian disaster.
The end of March, beginning of April means one thing in Cape Town, South Africa: festival time! Since 2000, Africa’s south-western most city has been a magnet for music lovers from South Africa, the rest of the continent, and overseas. For the first five years, this event was co-produced by Cape Town’s esp Afrika and a Dutch company called Den Haag—hence the festival’s former name, North Sea Jazz Festival Cape Town. Since 2005, the renamed Cape Town International Jazz Festival has been an all-South African production, and I cannot recall a better organized musical event anywhere in the world.
Rose Marie Dushime and Manu Dibango at the Convention centre.
The festival has always been more than a string of musical shows. For example, it is a rare chance for young South African musicians to learn from experienced colleagues in several music workshops, this year done by people like Chucho Valdés (piano), Gerald Veasley (bass) or Bay Area-based South African top drummer Ian Herman. Other workshops dealt with thorny topics like negotiating the music industry, copyright problems, and jazz journalism. The Convention Centre is not only a venue for the shows but also for a jazz photo exhibition, brainchild of festival director and former press photographer Rashid Lombard.
Manu DIBANGO and Rose Marie DUSHIME, during press conference
All Women, refugees, widows, displaced have the right to be honored and respected
Rose Marie Dushime Founder of “Top of African Woman”
South Africa is one of the most diverse, enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveler a unique experience. South Africa boasts some of the best, least crowded beaches in the world, renowned wildlife parks such as the Kruger Park, beautiful
natural scenery and a stable post-apartheid environment. Visit us !
May 2006 Cape Town, Bloubergstrand.
Show for the project of houses construction for the
Nelson Mandela Foundation
If you were worried about that 'First Dance' or are one of the many fans 'Strictly Come Dancing', you were certainly enjoying the other exciting events we have lined up for you before and during the Festival. Top of Africa Woman has joined forces with African &Caribbean, Polynesian, and Latin American music’s; it was the music’s world bursts.
Next time, we invite you to join us as we Go Dancing! For the first three weekends in April 2008 at the Amphitheatre at the Waterfront, as leading dance experts entertain you.
Rose Marie Dushime, Sea air relaxation after the Bloublergstrand festival
Hanepoot & The Biggish Band
As their name suggests, these 18 musicians are a quirky bunch, with a penchant for jazz – or rather “great South African big band jazz” – as they prefer to call what they do. So for a good night’s entertainment, even if you’re not into big band jazz or great South Africans, you was enjoy the energy of Hanepoot & the Biggish Band as Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder, leads them through a repertoire of traditional Cape Town goema, Jo’burg marabi tunes, big band swing and even a tango. So catch Hanepoot & the Biggish Band for an enjoyable evening of great South African big band jazz.