Afrique mon désir feast

Afrique mon désir

The world music production Afrique mon désir, performed by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir Ensemble, and directed by David Kramer, will be staged at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch, on Friday December 28.

In Afrique mon désir, Hofmeyr, well known for setting poetry to music, combines exhilarating rhythms with mesmerising Francophone poetry from as far as Madagascar to Mauritania and Cameroon to Cape Town, while exploring haunting themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa.

Artist Diek Grobler’s animations brings the music to life and makes this an audio-visual feast.

Presented by the Cape Town Music Academy, this production debuted earlier in the year at the US Woordfees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), where it received nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production.

Afrique mon désir has also recently been nominated for a kykNET Fiëstas Award 2019 in the category for Best Musical Theatre Production.

Vicky Davis, programme manager at Cape Town Music Academy, says: “The show at the beautiful open-air Oude Libertas Amphitheatre will be the culmination of a successful year for this unique production.

“We had a phenomenal run at Woordfees and KKNK this year and the production also toured to France in June where it was extremely well received. What makes this show special is that it is musically and visually quite spectacular.

“A selection of Africa`s most renowned poetry is put to exhilarating world music rhythms and energetic dance routines and performed by an ensemble of some of SA`s most talented musicians and West African singers.

“With the combined forces of David Kramer as director, Schalk Joubert as musical director and the mesmerising compositions of the very talented Laurinda Hofmeyr, you cannot expect anything less than something extraordinary.”

Tickets cost R240, and are available at Computicket, and the gates open at 6pm.

Call 021 809 7380 for details.