2019 / 2020
2019 / 2020
AFRIQUE MON DÉSIR
Afrique mon Désir (Africa My Longing) is a multi- media world music production by the CTMA, directed by industry stalwart David Kramer with musical direction by Schalk Joubert. It features award-winning South African singer and composer Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon Désir ensemble – a group of eight world-class Cape Town musicians and West African singers.
This production was performed locally in 2017 and 2018 at theatre venues and arts festivals and toured to France in June 2018. On its return it enjoyed a run in the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. In December 2018 it was selected as part of the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch’s summer concert series. The production was well received and played to a full, appreciative house. On 14 February 2019 the AMD production was again successfully performed at Cascade Manor in Paarl as part of their Valentine’s Day Sunset Concert Picnic event.
The show received a 2019 Fiesta Award nomination for Best Theatre-driven Musical Production.
This production was praised for its transformational message and fresh, anti-xenophobic approach.
MUSIEK EN LIRIEK 40 JAAR
Toyota US Woordfees 2019
The Musiek en Liriek movement which originated in the 70’s and 80’s music scene in SA, paved the way for the liberalisation of Afrikaans as a creative language. Artists such as Anton Goosen, Laurika Rauch, Mynie Grové, Jannie du Toit, Koos du Plessis and Coenie de Villiers were pivotal. It was the first time in history that songwriters started penning their own original lyrics in Afrikaans as opposed to translating or covering international songs.
Forty years later, two of the original members, Anton Goosen and Jannie du Toit, supported by a steller cast of established current singersongwriters, as well as some exciting up and coming musicians from across various South African genres, came together to commemorate this movement. The result was a beautiful largescale, sold out concert, Musiek en Liriek 40 Jaar, directed by Schalk Joubert, staged at the Spier Amphitheatre during the US Toyota Woordfees in March 2019. The cast included Zolani Mahola, Valiant Swart, Churchill Naudé, Sima Mashazi and Laurinda Hofmeyr.
PJ POWERS & TYGERBERG
In this CTMA production, South African legend PJ Powers collaborated with The Tygerberg Children’s Choir in this very special once-off show. Audiences enjoyed evergreen hits such as Welcome to Africa, The right to learn, Jabulani, The world in Union and Shosholoza.
PJ is known for her larger than life, energetic performances and together with the most beautiful choir voices and an excellent band, this was one of the highlights of the festival. The Tygerberg Children’s Choir was led by Karina Erasmus and the PJ Powers band consisted of Tigger Reunert (guitar), Schalk Joubert (bass), Rollins Mankge (keys) and Kevin Gibson (drums).
“It was remarkable to work with people like the CTMA, who are so committed to their craft and the South African arts community. The Suidooster Festival was a beautiful event on a beautiful stage and a very memorable experience, that resonated with me deeply.”
After the postponement of the Suidooster Festival in May 2020 due to the pandemic, the festival quickly thought of innovative ways to present a Covid-friendly version, once the lockdown levels permitted. The CTMA was the festival’s music partner for 2020 and worked closely with the festival organisers as official contributor.
The result was a revival of the classic drive-in theatre concept, but in the form of live music shows. The Suidooster Festival kykNET Atlantic Drive-in Theatre Concert series ran from 4 to 15 November at the Atlantic Film Studios in Milnerton. Audiences were able to view music and theatre shows live on stage in front of a large scale LED screen, from the safety and comfort of their cars, tuning in on an FM radio station, and even enjoying home-made take-away foods, old school style.
KKNK 25 JAAR :
OUD EN NUUT IN
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2019
To commemorate the 25th year of existence of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), the KKNK commissioned musical director, Schalk Joubert, to put together a celebratory, musical concert to mark the 25 successful years of the festival.
The result was two sold out concerts in the impressive Civic Centre that boasted a starstudded cast of festival musicians and acts that have been fan favourites over the years. The popular actress Margit Meyer-Rodenbeck was the MC and the show even saw the much loved acapella group, Cut Glass, reunite with former KKNK Festival Director Karen Meiring making a return to stage. The cast included Amanda Strydom, Koos Kombuis, Anna Davel, Sima Mashazi and Pietman Geldenhuys.
National Arts Festival
25 years old!
The CTMA producti on Klopse Jol! saw the enigmatic Adams brothers duo, Loukmaan and Emo, share the stage with some of Cape Town’s best Minstrel groups and Malay-choirs, a ten piece band, as well as popular guest artists such as Nicoleen Saal, RJay and Lil LK.
Legendary musical theatremaker, David Kramer, suggested to the CTMA producer, Vicky Davis, to explore the idea of a production with Loukmaan Adams about the amazing work he was doing with local minstrel and Malay choirs. The result was the Klopse Jol! show which was a celebration of the unique and rich traditional music styles of the Cape.
Audiences were blown away and the production was indeed a big jol on the night with people dancing around their cars, flashing their lights and sounding their hooters in enjoyment.
Davis and Loukmaan Adams (director) were nominated for Klopse Jol! for a 2020 Fiesta Award in the category Best Outdoor Musical Production.