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South Africa is coming to terms with the first confirmed Covid-19 case:

The Coronavirus is here

 

Already Google is cancelling events in South Africa.

Sadly, this means no International Women’s Day celebrations:

Google cancels its IWD Cape Town event because of the Coronavirus.

This comes just after Google cancels its flagship conference I/O 2020, banning all business travel except in “critical” situations.

After all the #20plenty excitement, will this be the year the world stops to travel and gather?

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There is a new festive season market you can add to your list of gems for Christmas shopping:

The CTICC launched The Gift Fair from Friday, 29 November to Saturday, 30 November 2019.

150 capetonian entrepreneurs exhibited their products ranging from decorations, consumables, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, health and beauty, to gadgets and children’s educational tools and toys.

 

 

There was plenty choice of unique personal and even personalised gifts with some special treasures:

 

 

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Anna-Tina Original at #TheGiftFair at the #CTICC.

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Care Green Life at #TheGiftFair at the #CTICC

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Unique Wooden Toys at #TheGiftFair at the #CTICC.

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The foyer of the CTICC was turned into a festive indoor market that was easy to browse:

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Lovely live music invited to pause and sit down to watch the performance:

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Amy Tjasink #live at #TheGiftFair at the #CTICC.

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All in all, an easy going shopping experience with some fantastic bargains to discover.

 

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The fourth industrial revolution is coming and Africa needs to get ready.

 

The Africa Future Summit helps accelerating development, as it caters for organisations at grassroots level.

 

Often tech events happen where tech is readily available: in the City Center. However, the CBD is not easily accessible for disadvantaged people.

The Africa Future Summit solved this all too often ocurring non-inclusivity by partnering with the YMCA.

 

In South Africa the YMCA in Athlone was chosen, an area that has been plagued with increase of violent crime over the past years.

But the YMCA is on the outskirts right next to the Athlone Stadium, a good landmark not to get lost. So even a few of the ususally included city people made it out to Athlone.

 

The event itself was packed, people pouring out of the main hall for a break, exhausted from all the information that was presented. And that was just the morning session. The afternoon session was where all the bootcamps came in.

It was a young crowd, full of aspiration and ideas. At the Africa Future Summit they got ignited to actively making the future of Africa happen.

 

The tour teaches fundamentals of frontier tech investments, startup development and ecosystem building via exclusive sessions with award winning local and international experts.

Each country features its own combination of on site workshop training, networking round tables, live Q/A sessions with speakers and sponsors, attendee spotlight features, exhibitor showcase demos and VIP networking.

To accelerate developments within Africa’s tech ecosystem, the agenda curriculum includes training sessions on future technologies (Ai, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Space, Nanotechnology, Internet of Things etc.) and career development sessions on personal branding, digital entrepreneurship and the future of work.

 

Attending the Africa Future Summit makes you future-ready, from the grassroots level up.

 

To join the free Africa Future Tour you can RSVP here:

For interests related to speaking, sponsorships, and partnerships, please direct inquiries to info@africafuturesummit.com.

 

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Joey Fourie, the host of The Daily Music Show, welcomes everyone at the closing event for Reclaim Agency 2.0.

 

If you’re in Cape Town only for a short while and still want to experience the rich and cultural heritage of the Cape, go see The Daily Music Show.

 

But beware: The Daily Music Show is not just easy-listening entertainment.

The music lyrics, spoken poetry and art exhibitions challenge every visitor on a profound level of understanding, tourists and locals alike.

The Daily Music Show speaks to everyone, newcomers to Cape Town as well as South African icons, as it reaches out on different levels of context: Everyone can connect on broad references to South Africa, and a few also get the finer nuances with the sideline remarks that can go so very deep.

 

Every show is different.

The variety of the acts is like a roller coaster ride of emotions, from a mellow infusion of jazz to touching storytelling back to party vibes and dancing.

All the acts are of high quality and caliber, delivering their message straight to your heart.

 

The Daily Music Show is not just an experience of Cape culture, but also an insight into the struggle it took to keep these cultures alive during apartheid.

These are real stories of activists challenging the status quo through art.

 

But see for yourself how impactful the performances are:

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience Cape Town’s eclectic culture live at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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I’m not a rugby fan. But I’m a World Cup fan.

Of course I’m supporting South Africa, but I didn’t want to go to a public viewing, as I’m busy painting the Ranzani Salt & Pepper Grinders.

 

We don’t have a TV, so I decided to give the good old radio a go.

 

I don’t even understand half of the rules of rugby, I normally only watch it because my South African friends are watching it.

 

So listening to it with no picture was really hard at first:

Sometimes the commentators would only shout out the names of the players who passed on the ball, and I don’t know which team they play on, let alone what position.

 

So I listened harder, with concentration, and that allowed me to follow the game:

Every now and then the sports reporters were summarising the manoeuvres, as the action happened too quickly to describe every move.

Not only did they outline the mistake of a player leading to a penalty, they also reasoned why this mistake had happened and the potential outcome had it not happened.

 

This insight mixed with the true passion of the commentators made for an emotional listening experience, continuing still after the Springboks had won with broadcasting the victory ceremony.

The Springboks celebrate their Rugby World Cup win.

Based on this I recommend to rather listen to the radio coverage of a game, even while watching it on TV.

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If you are visiting the Cape or are hosting visitors, a great travel resource are the Gateway Guides.

 

Gateway Guides are free to pick up at most tourist spots.

Gateway Guides are free to pick up at most tourist spots.

 

Those flyers and brochures you find at major tourist attractions give you a good idea what to do in the area.

 

Watch out for the Gateway Guides: They are packed with insider knowledge, handy maps for hiking and a great overview for more sightseeing opportunities near by.

Especially the guide to ‘80 Places to visit and see in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula’ is a great list to have at hand when trying to decide what to see out of all the awesome things in the Cape.

And if that’s not enough, guess what, just pick up ‘80 More Places to visit and see in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula’.

 

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Sometimes mother nature takes back what is hers.

And it always looks impressive.

 

Like this gangplank, which is swollowed up by the dunes.

You don’t even notice that the wood disappeares beneath your feet, it feels so natural to walk on the sand.

 

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Jesus was not born on Christmas Day.

There is biblical evidence that Jesus’s birthday is very unlikely to have been during winter.

It is rather the adoption of an already popular pagan celebration of the birthday of the sun.

When exactly Jesus was born is unclear.
The estimated time points to summer, so it might’ve even been in July.

Either way, everything associated with Christmas, such as snow, decorating an evergreen tree, eating warm and filling foods, bringing light into the dark, relates to winter.

And any excuse to add a festivity to the southern hemisphere winter is welcome.

So: Happy Christmas in July!

Happy Christmas in July!

Happy Christmas in July!

 

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Winter time in Cape Town is no excuse not to go to the beach.

There’s always a beautiful day popping up in between the cold fronts, when the sun is shining and the winds calm down.

 

And as it is with cold water: It only takes a few moments to get over it and then it’s refreshing.

As we had been on the other side of the dunes, the equally beautiful but more tranquil fynbos landscape, I wanted the dogs to get a good wash and in we went, into the icy surf of mellow waves.

 

That’s where I took this picture:

It is so cold, even Table Mountain remains under a blanket of clouds.

 

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Banyana Banyana are making history playing for the first time in the FIFA World Cup.

Banyana Banyana are making history playing for the first time in the FIFA World Cup.

 

I hear on the news about the CAF Champions League and the Cricket World Cup, but it was only by chance that I learned the 2019 FIFA Soccer World Cup is on, and South Africa is in!

 

That might be, because it’s the Women’s World Cup. As usual with male dominated sports, no-one seems to pay attention when women do it.

 

Back in 2010 we kept our fingers crossed in anxiety the host nation would not make it into the Soccer World Cup themselves.
Bafana Bafana made it, but hopes got crushed when South Africa became the first host nation in World Cup history to be eliminated in the first round.

After that, we were not surprised they didn’t even qualify for the 2014 nor 2018 FIFA World Cups.

 

Not only did the South Africa women’s national football team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it was also for the first time ever, thus making history.

Now Banyana Banyana is battling it out at group stage and it’s a tough group with Germany and Spain.

But no-one seems to care!

 

It really astounds me how sexist sports and sports news reporting still are.

 

Anyhow, on 17 June 2019 South Africa is playing against Germany and I for one want to watch this game.

 

I just have to find a place where they actually screen it…  😮

 

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When you walk just 1km north from Milnerton Lighthouse you can spot something in the ocean.

No, it’s not a rock and neither a stranded whale.

It’s the shipwreck of the Hermes, a Houston liner of 3500 tons, built in 1899 by J. Blumer & Co, Sunderland, which stranded on Milnerton Beach in 1901.

On a gentle day during low tide you can make out the boilers in the surf.

 

What’s that in the ocean?

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It's a shipwreck.

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It’s a shipwreck.

 

Looking closely you can see it’s a man-made construction:

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

 

It’s a nice landmark to watch out for.

It gives you a good idea of distance: 1km from Milnerton Lighthouse.

You can get a feel for the tides: the lower the tide the more you get to see of the shipwreck.

 

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A bit of a hidden gem in Cape Town is hiking up Devil’s Peak from Woodstock side.

It might be because you have to cross the M3 De Waal Drive that this hike is less frequented than others.

 

But the adrenaline rush is worth it, as beyond the M3 await tranquil hikes and adventurous shortcuts.

The dogs love exploring the wilderness Table Mountain offers right on our doorstep.

Views are spectacular from the ocean and industrial harbour to the northern suburbs and Hottentot mountains.

But it’s also the landscape itself that is ever changing and always inviting to be seen with new eyes.

 

After recent veld fires the Cape flora kingdom has its own way of resetting: The circle of life begins with grasses reclaiming the burnt landscape.

At Devil’s Peak the golden fynbos grass stand in stark contrast to the charcoal protea bushes:

 

A humbling sight, seeing how nature restores itself without any help from or rather despite humanity.

 

 

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Bay Harbour Market offers an eclectic mix of art, craft, fashion, decor and souverniers complemented by food and drink stalls.

 

Situated in an old fish factory it is spacious and sheltered with a corner for live music: The stage is surrounded by benches and tables with just enough space in front for a small dance floor.

 

When folk band 4am started their live gig, their playful and humorous manner invited old and young to tap along. Especially the kids took to the dance floor, having a blast while the parents could watch conveniently from their table.

 

4am were great in interacting with the children, extending their excitement to the grown-ups, who all clapped along by the end.

 

A nice upbeat evening out.

 

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First Thursdays is always worth a visit.

Every time there’s something new for inspiration, some nice and uplifting interaction here and there, great vibes and meaningful art.

 

This time we went with children, that alone offered a new perspective on things.

 

Adults might look at art with a focus on interpretation, but children just see what’s in there. The exchange between the two can be very insightful.

The contrast and vibrancy of African art and its storytelling forms and shapes appeal to kids and parents alike. With a variety of styles and topics, everyone can pick an art piece they like.

 

Some art that caught our eyes on our stroll through Cape Town on First Thursdays:

 

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I’ve often been to the Concerts in the Park and always had a great time.

I’ve seen Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Lonesome Dave and Arno Carstens a couple of times, Freshly Ground, Dukes of Note and Crimson House.

 

This time we were again in for a treat with The World of Birds and The Rudimentals.

 

The World of Birds were uplifting with their local indie tunes:

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It was pure joy to watch them dance on the grandstand:

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The Rudimentals were up and close:

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

 

Getting even into the midst of the crowd, having a little dance with the audience:

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Concerts in the Park are a great afternoon out. De Waal Park is well equipped with playgrounds and water facilities, a haven for children and puppies alike.

There’s always a great vibe, people are super relaxed, friendly and inviting. A fantastic chilled-out experience.

 

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The City Nature Challenge 2019 is coming to Cape Town! Join a bioblitz near you!

The City Nature Challenge 2019 is coming to Cape Town! Join a bioblitz near you!

 

The City Nature Challenge is coming to Cape Town!

 

For the first time ever, Cape Town is participating in the City Nature Challenge: an international competition between 150 cities to showcase their fauna and flora by recording observations of all living things.

 

The challenge is a bioblitz that engages residents and visitors to find and document plants, animals, and other organisms living in urban areas.

The goals are to engage the public in the collection of biodiversity data, with three awards each year for

–  the city that makes the most observations,

–  the city that finds the most species, and

–  the city that engages the most people.

 

Cape Town boasts of being one of the most biodiverse cities on Earth. Let us prove it and put Cape Town on both the Biodiversity and Citizen Science maps.

 

Cape Town City Nature Challenge 2019

 

When: April 26th to 29th

Results will be announced Monday, May 6, so be sure to upload your observations by then!

 

How:

Join the City Nature Challenge 2019: Cape Town.

Download the iNaturalist app.

Watch How to Make an Observation on iNaturalist using our Mobile App.

 

How to make observations:

With your phone’s GPS turned on and camera app at the ready, simply roam around the area and snap photos of any plant, animal, fungus, insect, spoor, scat, etc. that you find. Upload your pic on the iNaturalist app and identify it as best as you can – but if you can’t it doesn’t matter, the community will assist. If you don’t have data on your phone, or would prefer to use a DSLR camera, that’s not an issue – you can upload your photos on the iNaturalist desktop website from your home computer.

 

A few City Nature Challenge rules:

–  No humans or domestic animals (dogs, cats, pet fish, cows, sheep) please. If in doubt, take a photo anyway. Feral animals (i.e. rats, stray cats, pigeons) are fine.

–  Please zoom in as much as possible. If the subject of your photo can’t be seen clearly, it doesn’t count.

–  Only take photos of one species at a time. Don’t take a photo of a whole group of different plants and animals if possible, rather photograph each species individually.

–  If you are at one venue, e.g. the Aquarium’s seal platform, and see many examples of a species there, please include them all as only one observation. If you see the same species again in a different place, it can be a new observation.

–  Only observations within the Cape Town city limits will count, and only from midnight 26 April to midnight 29 April.

 

Find an event near you:

Join the Cape Town City Nature Challenge 2019 Facebook event.

Connect with me on iNaturalist – TrulyJuly.

Participate in the V&A Waterfront bioblitz on Saturday 27 April from 9am to 12 noon.

Join one of these bioblitzes around Cape Town.

 

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I last visited the Zeitz MOCAA for its grand opening, being impressed and amused by its contemporary art.

 

When I attended the Imbali Art Books: Adventuring Into Art launch I arrived early and took the opportunity to get a quick glance at the latest exhibits.

Some I already knew, but there was a whole lot of new art to discover.

 

Here my selection of art pieces that spoke to me in a meaningful and thought-provoking grasp of catching my eye:

 

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Osborne Macharia at the #ZeitzMocca

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The Amazing Black Man by Kumasi Barnett at the #ZeitzMocca

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Fabric of the Universe by Kathy Robins at the #ZeitzMocca

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Atang Tshikare at the #ZeitzMocca

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Gerald Machona at the #ZeitzMocca

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Kadara Enyeasi at the #ZeitzMocca

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Liona Nyariri at the #ZeitzMocca

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Aristotle Roufanis at the #ZeitzMocca

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Loyiso Mkhize at the #ZeitzMocca

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Greg Shaw at the #ZeitzMocca

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Richard Mudariki at the #ZeitzMocca

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Cosmos Shiridzinomwa at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kufa Makwavarara at the #ZeitzMocaa

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John Kotze at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kresiah Mukwazhi at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Gillian Rosselli at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Anthony Bumhira at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Chris Ofili at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kehinde Wiley at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Cheri Samba at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Jeremiah Quarshie at the #ZeitzMocaa

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And of course always one of my favourite things to do at the Zeitz MOCAA: Going up in the elevator!

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Steve Fataar is rekindling The Flames‘ hottest hits at The Daily Music Show.

 

If you want to go down memory lane or get a feel of what the soulful sixties were like, The Daily Music Show is a great venue to experience Steve Fataar and Friends live.

 

How often do you get to see a music legend this up and close?

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

 

Steve Fataar has toured the world, but when he picks up his guitar it doesn’t seem to matter where he is, as it’s all about making great music.

 

This evening in particular was all about guitars with skilled guitarist Brad Saunders accompanying Steve Fataar.

 

It’s amazing how music invites people from all walks of life to join together and play.

At The Daily Music Show you too can be part of the jam.

And with Steve Fataar you’ll Stay fired up!

 

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Steve Fataar jamming at #TheDailyMusicShow.

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Wise words by music legend Steve Fataar at #TheDailyMusicShow.

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So make sure you catch Steve Fataar and Friends at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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One of South Africa’s living treasures is coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

A legend in the music scene:

Steve Fataar formed iconic sixties soul-rock band The Flames in 1963, touring England and the US in the late 60s.

After an impressive discography The Flames recorded the only non-Beach Boys album on the Brother records label under the name “The Flame” in 1970.

Shortly after Steve Fataar left the band to return to South Africa.

 

Take a trip down memory lane with Steve Fataar’s Golden Jukebox.

Tap along to the fan favourites or take a good listen to the lesser known jewels, either way you’ll be in for a treat of the golden oldies.

 

Steve Fataar & Friends are playing at The Daily Music Show.

Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!

Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Auriol Hays takes the stage at #TheDailyMusicShow.

Auriol Hays takes the stage at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

Every show is different at The Daily Music Show.

Every artist brings their own personal touch to the ambience and takes the audience on a unique journey.

 

A very personal performance was what the audience was treated to by Auriol Hays: The Night Only with Auriol Hays.

And a very unique show that included comedy laughter and ballad power.

 

Eugene Mathews, MC, opened The Daily Music Show.

He has such a relaxed manner, it’s like listening to your best mate telling you a bunch of funny stories.

 

Part of his comedy act was a hilarious story about letting his hair go natural.

That’s why Eugene Mathews looks this gorgeous:

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Next up was Keith Mukhram telling jokes that make you involuntarily grin.

 

Keith Mukhram is new to stand-up comedy, but if he might lack some experience he doubly makes up for it with charm:

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The audience, warmed up with some good laughs, quickly focused their attention on Auriol Hays taking the stage.

Diva presence filling the room, Misses Hays’ earthy songs are intimate and powerful.

Only accompanied by tunes from piano player Rodney Buys, and rhythms from beatboxer Amic BeatBox Zlenoire, her smoldering hotness keeps the audience glued to her lips, following every word of her lyrics, either to understand the full extend of the story she is telling, or to do a double take on what was heard: surely it couldn’t have been… oh yes, it is… Auriol Hays says it as is, not in a profane, but in a profound way. Every song has personal meaning. Some songs were brand new, explaining why she is going to France.

 

 

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No video can do justice to Auriol Hays‘ live performance. You’ve got to see her in person live on stage.

And what a privilege to experience this in a cosy venue like The Daily Music Show.

 

 

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The #CapeCulturalCollective brings a diverse range of cultural influences to the stage of #TheDailyMusicShow.

The #CapeCulturalCollective brings a diverse range of cultural influences to the stage of #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

The Cape Cultural Collective is a truly inspiring story of people from all ages, class, colour, religion, language and local areas uniting for the love of music.

 

This cultural mix influences the choices of songs the Rosa Choir performs. A personal selection by the members, with deep meaning in regards to history, but also friendship and love.

 

The sincerity and joy of the the Rosa Choir transfers through the live music and singing, sweeping you off your feet and onto the dance floor: The Cape Cultural Collective simply has a way of making you want to be a part of it.

 

Don’t miss out! Take the opportunity to see the Cape Cultural Collective at a cosy venue in the heart of Cape Town: The CCC on stage at The Daily Music Show.

 

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Stand by me: #CapeCulturalCollective at #TheDailyMusicShow

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Tickets are R150 pp and include wine / juice and snacks.
To book call 0747201847 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Street Side Bakery Pty LTD in Makhaya, Khayelitsha.

Street Side Bakery Pty LTD in Makhaya, Khayelitsha.

 

I have IBS and thus try to follow a LOW FODMAP diet.

 

Usually this means: Pastries and muffins are a no go for me, leading me to try find alternatives, e.g. for sandwiches and biscuits and bread.

 

Attending a course on Leadership for Social Change we were blessed to have Street Side Bakery cater for our breakfasts and tea breaks.

 

Thus I got to try a variety of their baked goods: From egg and tuna sandwiches to berry and cappuccino muffins to cacao and lemon biscuits, all of which delicious.

 

When it comes to yummy food I can hardly resist, but I tried to keep the intake of simple carbohydrates as low as possible.

 

However, Street Side Bakery take into account your possible tummy problems baked goods can cause: They offer a great range free of milk and eggs to accommodate lactose and egg white intolerant customers.

 

To my surprise I found myself digesting the Street Side Bakery foods very well. And they taste as good as they are: Proper home-made, with only good ingredients and lots of love. 🙂

 

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As part of Museum Night Cape Town the Iziko Museum invited to a Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth.

 

Truida Prekel gave a talk on gathering from nature. Together with Sue Kingma she explained the indigenous foods on offer at the workshop:

 

This introduction to indigenous plants was very important, as all this food looked very exotic:

 

But of course, some basic survival skills are needed to make use of edible plants in nature. Dr Wallace Vosloo explains how to test if a plant is poisonous or not:

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

Dr Wallace Vosloo at the Museum Night Cape Town Workshop: Hunter-gatherer food culture of the first humans on planet Earth

 

 

Then we were allowed to taste the plants we so easily walk by, not knowing how beneficial they are.

 

Dune Spinach:

 

Purslane:

 

Sour fig:

 

Jelly Melon or African Horned Cucumber:

 

Num-num:

 

Prickly Pear in different colours – red, orange and white:

 

With new strength from the snack break, attendees were invited to participate in survival activities.

 

Rope Making:

 

 

Fire Making:

 

 

A fun night out that has taught me to look at weeds around this country with different eyes.

 

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Ramon Alexander is a master of Cape Jazz, making him a local icon in the South African music scene.

Nonetheless the reach of his sound is limitless: His compositions take you places far far away.

 

Especially at an intimate venue like The Daily Music Show:

It’s almost meditative listening to the Ramon Alexander Quartet: Like a raindrop that finds its way into the river winding into the ocean you can follow his songs like a story or a journey and get immersed fully because you can trust the band to bring you back to the beginning with a feeling of uplift.

 

Simply watching Ramon Alexander‘s hands glide over the keys is mesmerising:

 

Bass Solo by Chadleigh Gowar:

 

Guitar Solo by Bradley Prince:

 

Drum Solo by Annemie Nel:

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It’s like being taken on a mini holiday.

Close your eyes and let the music take over: Soothing jazz by the Ramon Alexander Quartet.

Close your eyes and let the music take over: Soothing jazz by the Ramon Alexander Quartet.

 

Give yourself that well-deserved break and see the Ramon Alexander Quartet live at The Daily Music Show.

Buy your tickets for The Daily Music Show now. Order on Quicket or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Ramon Alexander, master of Cape Jazz, is starring at The Daily Music Show!

 

Combining a deep sense of groove with strong lyricism, Ramon’s band showcases both:  up-and-coming and seasoned musicians.

His sometimes contradictory quirky sense of humour and his reverence for his craft are on full display whenever he steps on stage and slides behind the keys.

It makes Ramon a rare find: a brilliant musician as well as an exciting live performer, but foremost a marvelous human being!

 

Ramon Alexander live at #TheDailyMusicShow from 22 to 28 Feb.

Ramon Alexander live at #TheDailyMusicShow from 22 to 28 Feb.

 

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see Ramon Alexander live up and close in an intimate venue:

Buy your tickets for The Daily Music Show now. Order on Quicket or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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Trudy Rushin live at The Daily Music Show: Meaningful lyrics with the wit to make you laugh.

 

What Trudy Rushin has to say is worth listening to.

 

Especially as she packages it so well, it’s real easy listening.

In two ways: Her music is soft and smooth with an underlying upbeat, topped with light-hearted lyrics that make you smile when you get the subtle puns.

 

Trudy Rushin always has a joke on her lips, like when she commented on Alistair Andrews‘ bass ukulele: “This is what happens when you put a guitar into the washing machine.”

 

Alistair Andrews‘ solo on the bass ukulele:

 

Trudy Rushin‘s lyrics are sharp and witty, not needing many words to convey a deeper meaning.

 

“If you’re free why don’t you slide across the moon with me.” from

Slide Across The Moon‘ by Trudy Rushin:

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“I’ve got music inside of me, I’ve got to let it out.” from

Music Inside of Me‘ by Trudy Rushin:

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“I meet him 12 year ago and I remember I said
Joe, I’m Trudy and he said Trudy, I’m Joe” from

Trudi Rushin’s song about a man named ‘Joe‘:

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The band Keith TabisherAlistair Andrews and Randall Cyster jam

‘7th Avenue South’ by Jonathan Butler:

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“Lucy loves him madly every day and practically every night.” from

‘Lucy’ by Trudy Rushin:

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Great #voice by Trudy Rushin live at #TheDailyMusicShow

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Trudy’s intro: “This stuff just comes. You write it because you have to write it. It’s the same with my songs.”

‘When I Sing My Song’ by Trudy Rushin:

 

A great evening for everyone, off and on stage:

A great evening out at #TheDailyMusicShow.

A great evening out at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

For a special night out in an intimate venue where you can have a chat with the performers after the show, come to The Daily Music Show.

Check for tickets to The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

 

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Having been surprised by the sheer volume of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, I returned to catch up on the over 100 exhibitors. Again I didn’t make it through all the art that is on offer.

 

The mix of established and new artists, African and European galleries, modern and traditional crafts is inspirational as they all have one thing in common: A message beneath the creativity.

 

Investec Cape Town Art Fair: Inspirational diversity

 

Crying masks:

 

T-shirt illusion: Tiger head boy

 

Those sand dune waves are actual 3D material:

 

Awesome contrasts:

 

Duplexity still doesn’t reveal all:

 

Here’s looking at you:

 

Shades of grey:

 

Mesmerising, like digified fire:

 

Ruffled up canvas: