Tuesday, June 08, 2004

City of London Festival features South Africa while Ukkasie 'Vangs gees'

Read the kwailawai* review of Ukkasie here.
This year's City of London Festival aims to focus on the "artistic vibrancy of South Africa". Besides featuring jazz legends like Hugh Masakela, it includes a showing of a small selection of films including Amandla! A revolution if four part harmony and Hijack stories.

On the other hand, a South African festival initiative - UKKASIE - will have South Africans 'vang gees' or catch spirit in very disparate venues. The Royal Albert Hall and the now famous Leytonstone Zulu's bar.

The City Festival, is bound to attract the high-minded and non South African audience to the beautiful Barbican center. The latter to atract mostly Afrikaans ex-pats looking for a taste of home.

Neither festival's cater for allot of current cool and popular South African music. Nope, there's no Fokofpolisiekar's, Boo's, Skwatta Camps, Oskidos (or BOP's), Andries Bezuidenhouts, or Valiant Swarts. There are some exceptions, Revolution is an outfit very much like BOP (Afro-house), and will be playing at the Spitz as part of the City festival.

With a band with name like Klopjag - UKKASSIE might spring a few surprises? And UKKASIE features not only the Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool Choir, BUT "the Moeder sokkie"! Nogal. The Mother of all traditional Afrikaans dance parties. Now that *should* be facinating! Kwailawai will keep you posted.
Read the kwailawai* review of Ukkasie here.


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