Poetry Africa Cape Town

The Centre for Creative Arts (Univerity of KwaZulu-Natal) is proud to present the first performance of Mayihlome-Aawand! the second daring work from the ensemble that produced Insurrections. Having wowed audiences at the 17th Poetry Africa in Durban, this year the Insurrections ensemble performs in Cape Town as part of the 18th Poetry Africa’s Tour outside of Durban.

This oratio is a collective work generated by performers from India and South Africa using voice, instruments, visuals and poetry.  Whereas Insurrections was a response to a sense of outrage in nature and among people in the contemporary world, the new work is a call of hope in the midst of extreme forms of violence and war.

"We refuse to be shards of collateral damage. Despite the fact that we are broken, we still write, sing and hope".  

Drawing from traditions of collective and ensemble work in India and South Africa and refusing to compromise to market and power, the participants have been slowly crafting a range of new pieces.

Insurrections focused on the fretless instruments that found their timbre and range in: the sarod (Pritham Ghosal), the bows (Sazi Dlamini and Ze Maria), the double-bass (Brydon Bolton).  Mayihlome Aawand adds, a sarangi (Ali) and a range of Southern African strings and guitars (Neo Muyanga). Soundscapes from Jurgen Braunnger, Paki Paleole and Pryia Sen will modulate the intensity of the ensemble’s sound. The voices of Sumangala Damodaran and Tina Schouw will be heavily featured. Ari Sitas, Vivek Narayanan, Sabitha Satchi  and Mbali Vilakazi have been smithing away at lyrics.


Insurrections at Poetry Africa 2013


Date: 24 and 25 October 2014

Time: 19h00

Venue: District Six Homecoming Centre

            15 Buitenkant Street

            Cape Town


Ticket price: R50 - Due to limited space please reserve a seat. Tickets can be collected and paid for at the door or reservations can be made through Computicket (here).

In addition, a panel discussion entitled Music and the Radical Impulse will be presented by Ari Sitas, Sumangala Damodoran and Priya Sen. The discussion is presented in partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the Centre for African Studies Gallery and it takes place on Friday, 24 October 11:00 – 12:00.

The Performance is presented in partnership with the African Arts Institute, Cape Town; South African History Online; the University of Cape Town and the Univeristy of the Western Cape.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), the 18th Poetry Africa is funded by the City of Durban, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, Goethe Institut and the French Institute of South Africa. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter.