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Monday, 07 July 2014
Maria Schneider

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Last night I went to an amazing concert by this American composer, winner of three Grammy awards last year.

Posted by bigblue on 07/07/2014 at 04:37 PM
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Sunday, 06 July 2014
Tossie

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I started the day today at the book launch of Tossie van Tonder’s autobiographical My African Heart. She was interviewed by Judge Edwin Cameron about the book and her life. 

I only decided to go to the launch 30 minutes prior to it starting because Edwin, who was being hosted for two nights by my hosts, had spoken about it. It was a very moving interview, and I now look forward to reading the book of this person who I had not heard of a mere four days ago.

Van Tonder’s philosophical home is the Japanese dance form called Butoh, the dance of darkness. It collapses all ambiguities of gender, age and ability and stretches the limits of flesh through the expanses of the heart’s fearlessness ...... ideology, imagination, anarchy, evolving movement, revolt and nihilism ......

~ the arts mag

Posted by bigblue on 06/07/2014 at 11:55 PM
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Louis Moholo-Moholo

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Founding member of the legendary band The Blue Notes (and last surviving member) Louis (drums) performed last night at the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts with Kyle Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (bass), Mark Fransman (sax) and Ernst Reijseger (cello).

Posted by bigblue on 06/07/2014 at 09:48 AM
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Friday, 04 July 2014
Kyle Shepherd

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Young South African jazz musician of the year 2014, performing on the piano at the Grahamstown Festival earlier this evening.

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2014 at 10:46 PM
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Waiting for the concert

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Waiting for the Kyle Shepherd Quintet to start at the South African National Festival of the Arts, in Grahamstown. 

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2014 at 10:46 PM
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Friday, 11 May 2012
Baldrick

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This is an African dog that I met on my recent trip to Cape Town.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2012 at 10:06 PM
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Friday, 04 May 2012
You know you’re in Cape Town when…

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You spot “healthy natural vegan petfood” in the health supermarket freezer.

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2012 at 08:53 AM
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Monday, 30 April 2012
Maidens Cove

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The rocks on the seashore at Maidens Cove, near Cape Town. It was a grey and wet day today and the Twelve Apostles (part of the Table Mountain range) in the background are covered with cloud.

I was interested in the “knuckles” on this rock, which appear to be a natural formation.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2012 at 08:30 PM
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