4 Young poets tackle 22 poems – 27 April 2.30pm at Centre for the Book

22 years into a democratic South Africa but what does freedom really mean?

4 young poets tackle this and other questions in this show.

3 of Cape Town’s premier poets in Kyle Louw, Sipho Kotobason Ndebele and Siphokazi Jonas share the stage with East London’s Akhona Sidlai.

This will be a feast of words and social commentary.

Come out and celebrate your freedom day with us.

Trevor Jones speaking personally about The 20th anniversary of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa

There are many special moments and memories that I have of 1994.

In particular the extraordinary experience of standing in a queue in Trafalgar Square outside South Africa House, with my mother, who was visiting me in London, she was waiting to vote in the first democratic elections of our country.

I had  my passport revoked and had been stateless for a number of years, studying in exile in Britain, and consequently could not vote.

On my return to South Africa after 29 years, my four children and I were invited to apply for re-instatement of South African citizenships by the immigration authorities.

I had vowed that I would never return to South Africa while apartheid existed and until such time as one man, one vote was instituted.  But frankly I dreamt but never believed that this would happen in my life-time.

In those years in exile I vigorously pursued my studies and forged a career in Film and Music.

There were always two cars outside my house in London which was under surveillance by the Security Police   —  while downstairs in my studio,  I was composing the music for short anti-apartheid commercials while my brother Colin Jones hosted Senior exiled members of the ANC.  He would update people like the Pahad brothers,  on  recent events in SA.

Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki were my neighbours in Muswell Hill.

A couple of months after voting on the birthday of our eldest son my family and I watched the inauguration of Nelson Mandela – it was a joyous double celebration that day in our household.

Nearly a year later – on the 21st March (1995) – I watched with pride along with the rest of the world, live from Cape Town, my brother, Colin Jones, The Dean of the Cathedral hosting Madiba, The Arch, (Bishop Tutu), Martin Luther King’s widow, The Queen of England and Prince Philip, and other dignitaries,  commemorate the first human rights day   in South Africa.


This was the beginnings of our infant democracy, a twenty year young evolution and learning curve – which needs to be a constant process of change and development.

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Trevor Jones

The most important for me being Investment in our greatest resource  – the nurturing and education of our young – the next generation of the rainbow nation.

As we learn lessons about what a democracy should be and how to exercise our rights within the system, lets recall some of the words of Madiba:

.Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

It is what we make out of what we have,     not what we are given, that separates one person   –  from another. 

He could also have said that you can lead a horse to the water but its up to us to drink – of the waters of freedom.

We look forward with hope and enthusiasm to the next twenty years as we learn from the successes and mistakes of the last twenty years.

Success is the 10% tip of the ice-berg      –        of which 90% is striving and failure.

GOD grant us the SERENITY to accept things we cannot change.

The COURAGE to change the things we can.

AND the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE.

Simple Minds return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live


Simple Minds, Scotland’s finest rock export, return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live and with it comes a wall of hits and memories that run close on four decades deep.

Since 1977 Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, along with his fellow band members Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes have committed themselves to being of the worlds greatest live acts. 36 years on and the music of Simple Minds remains as important, vital and loved as all of their many chart topping hits combined.

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November the Big Top Arena at Carnival City will play host to the five-piece that brought us director John Hughes The Breakfast Club’s powerful anthem “Don`t You (Forget About Me)”, “Alive and Kicking” and the UK Number One hit single “Belfast Child”.

Next stop for the quintet will be Cape Town, on Sunday 3 November. The Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World will play host to the band and capacity crowd keen to hear the likes of the1989 game-changer “Mandela Day”, the track that arguably played a critical role in highlighting Madiba’s contribution and sacrifice for the freedom every single South African enjoys today. “We were rocking against racism,” Kerr recalls. “Peter Gabriel did it with “Biko”, and we found our voice in a man who’s a living legend.

We were young, filled with idealism and possibility. Hopefully that’s what rubbed off and helped in making South Africa a great country and one we love coming back to.”

Besides helping shape our reality, Simple Minds is currently touring almost every country they’ve ever had a Number One album in. The band arrives in South Africa having just played sold out shows across North America. Post Cape Town they’ll fill two nights at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. The Greatest Hits Live show started in Ireland in March this year, and will, after more than 80 shows, wrap up in Poland, almost a year later.

Loved for their ballads as much as their rich, guitar-driven rock, Simple Minds has always successfully sidestepped being locked into any one style or mood. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about?” Kerr explains.

“The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles, but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds, is an amazing thing.”

Relevant and as dynamic as they’ve ever been, Simple Minds may have a wall of greatest hits that go back decades, but what’s even more amazing is they continue to make new memories in a time that’s radically different from when they first started out in. “We’ve seen a lot, played our hearts out, and we keep coming back for more,” Kerr confesses. “The best part for me now is being able to enjoy so many of songs in the places that inspired their creation. Better still is seeing just how each has grown, just as we have.”

The music of Simple Minds continues to attract and influence new fans, many of who have become incredibly success bands and artists in their own right.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

From Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby, all the way through to relative newcomers The Horrors, they all took a cue from Kerr and crew. Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone have also all sampled a Simple Minds hit, and movies too have benefited from their inclusion. From directors Christian Carion (L’Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), each movie reminds us just how Simple Minds’ music permeates every aspect of pop culture.

As the tours name suggests Simple Minds will be unpacking and delivering all the hits and memories from each of their critically acclaimed studio albums including 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both originally released in 1989).

In keeping things a little more current fans of the band’s 2009 UK Top ten album Graffiti Soul are also sure to be rewarded too for heading out to either of the band’s three-night, highly anticipated, return. “When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” Kerr concludes. “We wanted to be a band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. We’re still living the dream and are looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible.”

Friday 1st November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.Saturday 2nd November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.

Cape Town
Sunday 3rd November – 7pm at The Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

Tickets are available from Computicket.

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment for and on Behalf of Real Concerts
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za

Simple Minds – Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie Ged Grimes coming to SA in Nov

Simple Minds have been many things to many people: sound scapers, sound-shapers, soundtrack makers, serial chart-toppers.

They have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors.

They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Christian Carion (L’Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club).

They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

“When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere,” says Kerr.

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

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