Partying with a Purpose while Wrestling with Dawn
Strange title – I know, right? I played an amazingly awesome gig at a house party in Hout Bay this weekend where I played a short (5 song) Fruit Vendor set. The house party was a fundraiser for the non-profit organisation Parties with a Purpose (and also happens to be the first fundraiser where I was paid to play!). Less of a house party and more of a picnic I’d say – taking place in the back yard by the pool with some folks guzzling wine and crackers, the event was really laid back and intimate and I got the opportunity to establish some (rather significant) one on one relationships with people in the audience. So much so, that when I mentioned the Fruit Vendor Street Team/Giants EP crowdfunding campaign – I got 4 audience members joining immediately. 3 paid the R200 in cash and the 4th did an electronic transfer this morning. I have to say that I’m so taken aback by the amount of interest in this campaign since I launched it just under 2 weeks ago – I will give a full break down of how things are going in 2 days – let’s hope I reach the target of 32 joins by the end of the month!
This coming Sunday, I’ll be joining poet Siphokazi Jonas on stage for a game-changer in South African history – the first spoken word DVD recording. It’s hard to think that this will be the first time a full DVD of poetry will be made in South Africa. Nonetheless Siphokazi will be doing it with her new production called Wrestling with Dawn!
In this live DVD recording, the first of its kind in South Africa, Siphokazi combines poetry, theatre and music to create a memorable experience. “I have told so many stories as a poet, and for the first time ever, I would like to tell my own,” she says of her motivation behind this highly anticipated poetry and purpose-fuelled work. “As I look back over the last 29 years of my life and forward to a new phase, I will reflect, not only on my life experiences, but on how I have been impacted by the stories I have told and the people I have met.”
Sneak a peek into the mental and spiritual journey that it takes to share stories and lives as only Siphokazi Jonas can in, Wrestling With Dawn.
You may remember that a few months ago her and I launched our 8 piece “supergroup” called 12 Years A Band at the launch of the country’s biggest music conference Music Exchange (see video below) where we received a standing ovation and so much overwhelming positive feedback. This time we will be joined by Christy-Lyn Marais on harp, Didier Richards on sax and percs, Jason Skippers on drums and Siba Jonas and Zenzo Chakara on backing vocals, all under the mighty direction of theatre-maker Nolan Africa and vocal composer Mdu Ndebele. Roeshdien Jaz will also be gracing the stage as featured artist. Timothy Stuurman will be putting all the film work together. It all goes down at Kaleidoscope Cafe at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are R130pp.