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Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Posted by {Cape Rose Cottage} on October 5th, 2007. Categories: {Entertainment}

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Cape Town. The concert venue is within the botanical gardens with concerts every Sunday, running from December to March. The Kirstenbosch Concerts have a special feel to them mainly due to the breathtaking setting. Part of the charm also lies in the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with concert goers picnicking on the soft grass banks that slope downwards towards the stage. An excellent way to enjoy the concert is to pack a delicious picnic basket, bring along friends and family and find a spot on the Kirstenbosch slopes. The concerts are very popular so get there early to ensure you get a good spot. While waiting for the concert to begin take in the beautiful surroundings of the world famous garden.

Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Tel: 021 799-8783 or 799-8620 or 799-8773
Venue is open from 15:00 – 20:00pm
Concerts Time 17:30 -18:30

26 November – Goldfish:
This Electro-jazz duo features accomplished jazz musicians and multi-instrumentalists David Poole and Dominic Peters who combine samplers, a groove box, Vocoder, keyboards, saxophone, flute and upright Bass into a cutting-edge live remix performance.

3 December – McCully Workshop:
One of South Africa’s finest pop rock bands, whose hits ‘Buccaneer’ and ‘Chinese Junkman’ dominated the airwaves in the 70’s and 80’s, are back together after a 25 year absence from playing on stage.

10 December – Watershed (higher price):
Having sold over 100 000 albums in Europe, Watershed is one of South Africa ‘s most successful international pop bands. They have also enjoyed more than a dozen South African radio hits, with their last two albums both winning the SAMA award for Best Pop Album in 2004 and 2006.

14/15/16/17 December – Carols by Candlelight:
Traditional Christmas Carols accompanied by the Cape Town Concert Brass Band and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir, organised by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch.
* Please note the Carols start at 20:00, gates open at 17:00. The entrance fee on 14 December is R35 for adults and R10 for children and R40 for adults and R15 for children on 15/16/17 December. (Regret no discount for Botanical Society members or students). Entrance fee includes a candle and song-sheet .

24 December – Glenn Miller Orchestra SA (higher price):
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed here in South Africa by Jonny Cooper, will be performing a special Christmas Swing concert on Christmas Eve. Vocalist Cliff Benton and the
Moonlight Serenaders will join this renowned 19-piece Big Band for an evening of your favourite Miller tunes, Sinatra classics and festive favourites.

Sunday, 31 December – Freshlyground & James Stewart:
Get into the New Year groove with Cape Town singer/songwriter James Stewart and Afro-popsters Freshlyground. (More info to come.)

1 January – Tucan Tucan:
This 8-piece African-Latin band, led by renowned percussionist and drummer Frank Paco, combines Latino rhythms such as Salsa, Samba and Bossa Nova with African elements such as Juju and Mozambican Marrabenta into a vibrant kaleidoscope of sound.

7 January – Arno Carstens (higher price):
Combining a unique voice and exceptional songwriting skills, and with nine Number #1 hit singles and five SAMA music awards for Best Album to his credit, Arno Carstens is ‘ The Godfather of SA Rock’.

14 January – The Parlotones:
Not only did indie rock band The Parlotones win the 2006 SAMA award for Best Rock Album but they also signed a world-wide deal with Universal Music, the first multi-territory deal to be signed by any band in SA rock history.

21 January – The Three Tenors:
Cape Town ‘s well-loved Three Tenors: Matthew Overmeyer of ‘Phantom’ fame, Italian tenor Nikki Cencherle and Ronnie Theys will be performing a programme of great opera arias and duets as well as other popular songs. They will be joined by special guest artist Beverley Chiat and accompanied by the well-known Michaelis Players.

28 January – Shawn Phillips:
In a musical career spanning 40 years, this American folk legend and rock pioneer has recorded 18 albums and sold over 3 million records. Playing on electric and acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars, he crosses freely between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop and classical genres.

4 February – Max Vidima:
Zimbabwean Afro-jazz guitarist and composer Max Vidima has performed locally and abroad with guitar greats Simba Morri, Jimmy Dludlu and Selaelo Selota. His debut album, Sagiya, mixes the maskandi and mbaqanga music of his mother’s Zulu heritage with the electric mbira tradition of his father’s Zimbabwe.

11 February – The Cape Town Highlanders:
Following live appearances at the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Isle of Mann, the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders present a dynamic show which fuses African rhythm and Celtic tradition.

18 February – Fokofpolisiekar:
Afrikaans punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar have just returned from a tour of the UK, Netherlands and Belgium and are currently on a national tour to promote their latest album Die Swanesang.

25 February – Jimmy Dludlu:
Afro-jazz guitar great Jimmy Dludlu is a past winner of SAMA awards for Best Male Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He is particularly drawn to the sounds of west and central Africa, as well as Latin America, but says jazz remains his first love.

4 March – Ike Moriz :
International indie pop star and actor Ike Moriz’s songs are played in 17 countries worldwide and he has also recently appeared in the popular local TV series ‘Backstage’ performing his brand of edgy, yet melodic pop/rock.

11 March – Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (higher price):
Join guest conductor Richard Cock and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as they celebrate the lives and works of the composers Glinka, Grieg, Sibelius and Coates in a commemorative concert entitled ‘A Garland of Memories’.

18 March – The Rudimentals:
Voted the country’s Best Reggae/Ska Act of the year in 2004, The Rudimentals combine the elements of Ska with both rural and urban African music to produce their unique blend of African ska.

25 March – Flat Stanley:
Acoustic rockers Flat Stanley will be performing songs off their new album, due for release in early 2007, as well as old favourites from their chart-topping debut album Of Secrets and Wine. The band’s lead singer, Andrew Mac, was recently voted the country’s best vocalist.

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