Jennifer Ferguson’s song for healing comes to the Baxter for 4 performances only in April

The Baxter Theatre Centre, in partnership with Peace of Music and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, have great pleasure in welcoming Jennifer Ferguson and Company back to the Baxter stage after a long absence.

Following on the heels of her opening performance at The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative’s (FATC) My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS), singer-songwriter Jennifer Ferguson is heading to Cape Town to perform a series of four emotive concerts called JENNIFER #wetoo, at the Baxter Concert Hall, from 4 to 7 April, at 8pm.

Sparked by the #metoo viral campaign, which took social media by storm in 2017 and saw numerous women across the globe speak out with claims of sexual harassment and assault, Ferguson’s concerts are a creative response to the recent disclosure of her rape. “I want to go beyond the personal #metoo to a universal #wetoo,” she says. “JENNIFER could be you or me. My story is just one of tens of thousands. We need to look at other ways of dealing with the culture of sexual violence and admit the current judicial system is failing too many of us. Restorative, even narrative justice offers something different as a path to healing the individual and the community. As an artist, I can stand in my truth and own my story on the stage without compromise. Music has traditionally been used to heal personal and collective trauma. Creativity is a powerful response to atrocities. I hope that this sharing of song and stories, will empower us to speak our truth, to restore societal balance and to heal.’’

JENNIFER #wetoo will feature special guest artists Zolani Mahola and Tina Schouw, both who have been activists in their own rights. Some of Cape Town’s best musicians will play with Jennifer including Mark Franzman, Ronan Skillen and Shaun Jacobs, plus a very special appearance by the Cape Town Youth Choir’s Vocal Ensemble. Renowned choral conductor and co-script-writer of the Swedish Academy-award nominated film As it is in Heaven, Anders Nyberg, will share the musical direction.

The concerts will feature the joyful and the introspective, but will mostly be an articulated celebration of the human spirit. “It’s a song-communion of a kind for all of us who have been hurt, somewhere, sometime. Men and women. So hopefully we can rise again with a matured vision of a more courageous and authentic life. After the storm we rise and sing again… Together,” says Ferguson.

JENNIFER #wetoo is made even more poignant by the fact that Ferguson is performing with her family, who are all just as talented. Her husband, Anders, is musical director, composer and conductor while their children – son Gabriel Nyberg and daughter Johanna Nyberg – will perform alongside her on stage. Gabriel is a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer in his own right and Johanna, who has Down Syndrome, loves being on stage and will solo in a moving ballad, My Temple, My Home, a song composed with Cape Town activist musician Su Lubner to campaign against child abuse.

The JENNIFER #wetoo concerts are hopefully the beginning of a future project in partnership with FATC. “We, like everyone in South Africa, want a country where sexual violence is no longer the norm and where survivors of sexual crimes are empowered to speak out, are met with care and respect and a form of justice that heals not only themselves, but the community as a whole,” says Ferguson. “We want to work in close consultation with and support various organisations which have for many years been doing really hard, remarkable work in the field of sexual violence. We hope to open spaces for conversations around the difficult aspects of our inter-relationships, and men need to be part of this as well.”

Ferguson has been known for her insightful and uncompromising spirit which has consistently reflected in her activism and her music throughout the decades. Her award-winning recordings defined many of the complexities of the 80’s with anthemic songs around military conscription, the white suburban malaise and the rich textures of South Africa’s narratives of the struggle for freedom.

In the 90s she worked in parliament under Nelson Mandela’s presidency. During a tour of Sweden as an MP and artist in 1993, she met Anders Nyberg, her husband of 21 years. He had worked internationally in solidarity with the Liberation Struggle and even in the Cape townships as a choral researcher during the 80s. Their mutual passion for music, spirituality and social justice helped bring them together and continues to sustain them.

Jennifer’s first collaboration with FATC was in 2003, for its When Life Happens Festival, the first HIV/AIDS-focused festival of its kind in South Africa.

Ferguson decided to shift base to Sweden to accommodate the special needs of her daughter Johanna when she turned 10 years old. She lives a fairly reclusive life focusing on her music, choral workshops and concerts, sound healing and teaching. She also co-leads an integration choir. ‘‘Life in Sweden has given me the gift of another culture, a rare gift of original wilderness, a country where access to the land is enshrined constitutionally and some truly amazing music. I can work and walk in peace. But still there is nothing, ever, quite like home,” she says.

Tickets for the JENNIFER #wetoo concerts from 4 to 7 April are R195 with an Early Bird Special of R120 and only valid until 16 March and discounts for students and pensioners on presentation of valid identification. Booking is through Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or at selected Pick n Pay outlets.

For further media enquiries or interview requests please contact:

CAPE TOWN

Fahiem Stellenboom

Baxter Theatre Centre

fahiem.stellenboom

021 680 3971

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I think the world has gone mad…

I got this note from a friend of mine -Too good not to share

I think the world has gone mad…with Trump leading the charge.

Too much news’ bombardment…..too much attention paid to people who really do not matter

Gossip on a global scale.

Global lack of privacy, everyone is talking , but saying nothing of substance…… and no one is listening or being able to, at the very least, decipher the noise from the words that matter from the people worthy of being listened to.

The people who created social media should be arrested for crimes against common sense.

On a happy note Enjoy the view of Table Mountain .

Have a splendid week ahead .

On Friday 8th December Dongfeng Race Team wins a spectacular Cape Town In-Port Race

We had the privilege to be out on a media boat to witness the action first hand .

These magnificent racing beasts did over 19 knots as a gentle SW breeze blew over Table Bay .A flotilla of media boats and small rubber ducks followed the action.

Dongfeng Race Team beat a resurgent MAPFRE and team AkzoNobel in Cape Town on Friday…

Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Dongfeng Race Team traded blows throughout the first half of the Cape Town In-Port Race course on Friday afternoon, before the Chinese-French team grabbed the lead midway through the race and stretched away for their first win in the series.

The victory vaults skipper Charles Caudrelier’s team to second place on the leaderboard for the In-Port Race Series, just behind MAPFRE who retained the overall lead with a fightback second place finish on Friday.

“The team did a fantastic job, very nice boat handling and good speed, so well done to the full team,” Caudrelier said after the race.

“Our start was not fantastic, but after that we made a good call to tack a bit earlier and put pressure on Vestas and then we found some good speed. That was a key factor.”

Conditions were spectacular on the waters off Cape Town, with wind near 20 knots, under bright, sunny skies. Boat handling was at a premium in the fresh conditions and on the first two laps of the course, there were several very close crosses as the boats approached the turning gates.

Near the end of the second run, Vestas 11th Hour Racing were sailing on an awkward wind angle to the mark and had difficulty furling their big A3 downwind sail in preparation for the rounding.

It didn’t hurt them immediately but when they next tried to deploy the sail at the final top mark, it wouldn’t fully unfurl, and the team was very slow for most of the final run.

“We started well,” said navigator Simon Fisher. “At the second top mark Dongfeng did a great job, pushing us to the less favoured side, which pushed us back into the fleet, which put pressure on the downwind drop, which meant we didn’t have a great furl, and that hurt us on the last run. It’s just a great example of how things can snowball.”

The mistake cost the team two places, as both MAPFRE and team AkzoNobel raced past on the run to the finish.

The second place finish represented a tremendous comeback for MAPFRE who were forced into a penalty turn just before the start, leaving them them the last to get across the line.

But the Spanish team kept pushing its way up the fleet, finally forcing team AkzoNobel away with an aggressive luff near the final top mark, setting the table for the pass of Vestas 11th Hour Racing on the final run.

Further back, Brunel and Scallywag engaged in a luffing match early on the first run. The Umpires penalised Scallywag for an infraction and following the penalty turn, David Witt’s team were trailing the fleet.

At the finish, a hard-charging Brunel nearly stole a place from Turn the Tide on Plastic. But Dee Caffari’s team, who had a very strong start to the race, held on for fifth place.

The boats depart for the start of leg three on Sunday 10 December at 14h00 local time to Melbourne via the Southern Ocean and via the roaring 40’s and raging 50’s .

credit for above pic : Cape Town stopover. In-Port Race. 08 December. Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race -All others pictures by Martin Myers

Cape Town In-Port Race Results

1. Dongfeng Race Team
2. MAPFRE
3. team AkzoNobel
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic
6. Team Brunel
7. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag

Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard

1. MAPFRE — 19 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team — 18 points
3. Team Brunel — 13 points
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing — 12 points
5. team AkzoNobel — 11 points
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag — 6 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic — 5 points

Lovely read pre Music Exchange press Wed 6 Sept 2017 pre the conference on 9 and 10 Sept

Great pre press re Music Exchange and BMI Song Camp at South Beach ( for the 2nd year in a row ).
Article was a 1/2 page in Business Report on Wednesday 6 Sept 2017, thanks to Struan Douglas.

#mex17 is in its 7th year in 2017.

André Venter presents match day jerseys to Springboks

Former Springbok flank André Venter presented the Springboks with their match jerseys on Friday morning at their team hotel in Cape Town.

photo credit -Gallo images /SA Rugby

Venter played in 66 Tests for the Springboks between 1996 and 2001 and was a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom.

He has been in a wheelchair in recent years after being struck down by a degenerative syndrome of the central nervous system called transverse myelitis. He is a successful businessman and also a motivational speaker.

Venter shared some inspirational words with the Springboks before he presented the match 23 with their playing jerseys for Saturday’s clash with New Zealand.

“I can see there is something special happening within this group,” said Venter to the current crop of Springboks, and urged the players to embrace the responsibility of wearing the Green and Gold.

“It is important to believe in what you’re doing and where you’re heading. The Springboks have an unbelievable history and you must be able to write your own chapter.”

Venter had the honour to present the Bok players with their jerseys on two previous occasions, and said he was extremely grateful and blessed to do so for a third time. The honour of playing for the team and your country is something that is not easy to describe, explained Venter.

“Only when you’re no longer playing and not part of that unique circle anymore, that is when it dawns on you how special the Springbok environment is. My advice to the players is to enjoy the experience and to make a telling contribution to the rich story of the Springboks,” said Venter.

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth described Venter as probably the hardest man ever to play for the Springboks: “He epitomises everything you want in a great Springbok, so it was an unbelievable honour to receive our Test jerseys from Andre.”

The Springboks tackle New Zealand tomorrow in a 17h05 kick off at DHL Newlands, the two teams’ final fixture of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

PICTURE GALLERY MUSIC EXCHANGE #MEX17 SUNDOWNERS AT SOUTH BEACH IN CAMPS BAY

MARTIN MYERS ,RAZIA MYERS ,CASEY BARCLAY

JANN KLOSE ,ALICIA MADISON ,CHRISTIAN WRIGHT ,TONY GRUND

AMANDA BACK ,CHRISTAIN WRIGHT

AMANDA BLACK AND SOPHIA FOSTER

ALICIA MADISON ,JANN KLOSE ,TONY GRUND, MARCELIA ARCENGIAS, CHRISTIAN WRIGHT

JASON CURTIS ,WILLIAM MASEMOLA . CHARLIE HAMILTON

MS AND MISS Nyota Parker

Ameen Harron

James Stewart ,Andre Ensil ,Martin Myers

Tony Grund ,Brandon Bakshi ,Alicia Madison ,Jann Klose

Peter Smith and Ze Nobrega

Razia Myers ,Anton Groenewald

Amanda Black ,Jann Klose ,Siphokazi Jonas ,Colin Sher

James Stewart ,Menno Visser

Bevan Trevor ,Brandon Bakshi

Martin Myers ,Christian Wright ,Casey Barclay ,Lisa Shanader

It’s OCTOBER MADNESS at Cape Town Comedy Club

It’s OCTOBER MADNESS at Cape Town Comedy Club with limited R60 early bird tickets from Computicket all month (excludes special events).

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, on Friday 13 October 2017. FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Martin Evans, Conrad Koch (Chester Missing), KG and Kurt Schoonraad as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change. From October, we have the pleasure of introducing LIVE video mixing performed by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl! Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores.

pic Kurt Schoonraad

TRENDING COMICS IS COMING TO TOWN and social media will never be the same again! In its debut South African showing, Trending Comics will feature a stellar line up of our very own comic superheroes in Schalk Bezuidenhout, Robby Collins, Loyiso Madinga and Neil Green embarking on a nationwide tour that will touch down in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of October and beginning of November. As if that wasn’t enough firepower comedy in one ensemble, there will be different heavyweight comedians to host the shows in each city and we are excited to confirm them as the following; Kurt Schoonraad (Cape Town), Carvin Goldstone (Durban), and Donovan Goliath (Johannesburg). 20/21 October in Cape Town.

UK based comedian Mark Palmer will not be able to return to SA this year – new show dates will be announced.

PLAN AHEAD….. Join us for our unforgettable Silly Season Lunch Shows, with unmissable stand-up comedy acts and a mouth-watering 3-course meal. The perfect package to make planning your year-end lunch a breeze! Open to companies and individuals – 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 December 2017. Tickets are R450pp and includes VAT, service charge, entrance, 3-course meal and an hour show with 3 comedians. More info on our website.

  • MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday & Thursday night shows at Computicket, on selected shows only.
  • Due to popular demand, Half Price Sundays are back: R60pp for selected shows only.
  • Happy Hour: 6-7pm …always tons of specials.
  • Winter Menu Special now on.
  • For group bookings or to hire the venue for exclusive use, contact events
  • Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

What’s on for the next 2 weeks:

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 04th October 2017

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch / Chester Missing

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Peter Sserwanga

OPEN MIC: Joe Emilio

Thursday 05th October 2017

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch / Chester Missing

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Peter Sserwanga

OPEN MIC: Joe Emilio

Friday 06th October 2017

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch / Chester Missing

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Peter Sserwanga

OPEN MIC: Joe Emilio

Saturday 07th October 2017

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch / Chester Missing

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Peter Sserwanga

OPEN MIC: Joe Emilio

Sunday 08th October 2017

HEADLINE: Mel Jones

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Peter Sserwanga

OPEN MIC: Joe Emilio

Wednesday 11th October 2017

HEADLINE: Martin Evans

MC: Kurt Schoonraad

SUPPORT ACT: Stuart Cairnes

OPEN MIC: Lindy Johnson

Thursday 12th October 2017

HEADLINE: Martin Evans

MC: Kurt Schoonraad

SUPPORT ACT: Stuart Cairnes

OPEN MIC: Lindy Johnson

Friday 13th October 2017 (R120)

Savanna Premium Cider Presents “A Night of Headliners”

Kurt Schoonraad (MC)

Martin Evans

Conrad Koch / Chester Missing

KG

DJ Azuhl

Saturday 14th October 2017

HEADLINE: Martin Evans

MC: Kurt Schoonraad

SUPPORT ACT: Stuart Cairnes

OPEN MIC: Lindy Johnson

Sunday 15th October 2017

HEADLINE: Martin Evans

MC: Kurt Schoonraad

SUPPORT ACT: Stuart Cairnes

OPEN MIC: Lindy Johnson

Important Info re-seating:

Seating arrangements are handled by Cape Town Comedy Club and very often patrons have to share tables. “Share the laugh, share the table”

Cape Town Comedy Club, The Pumphouse, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Full Restaurant & Bar

Halaal-friendly

Age restriction: no under 18’s – Language & Prejudice.

Caution: comedians are not censored and some material might not be appropriate for sensitive audiences.

R95pp – Wednesdays & Thursdays (Limited R60 tickets from Computicket on selected shows)

R120pp – Fridays & Saturdays

R50pp – Half Price Sundays (on selected shows only)

UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVERTISED

BOOK NOW:
http://online.computicket.com/web/festival/cape_town_comedy_club_2017/29585711

Also available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores
Tickets sold telephonically on the day (0214188880), subject to availability

Time: Show starts 8.30pm. Dinner from 6pm

Telephone: 0214188880 / 0794953989

Email: info

Website: www.capetowncomedy.com

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