This weekend marks the second annual Cape Town World Music Festival (CTWMF). It is now the flagship…
This weekend marks the second annual Cape Town World Music Festival (CTWMF). It is now the flagship event of Beanstalk. They have consolidated all their own events to produce CTWMF as a platform that is able to incorporate all kinds of music that provides people with the best environment to appreciate music that they previously may not have known or enjoyed. This is the inspiration for the festival slogan: Come for the familiar. Leave with something different. The festival holds a significantly important position in Cape Town as an event which is able to cater for audiences across different music scenes and traditionally racially limited subcultural and age demographics.
With sponsorship from the City of Cape Town and World Design Capital, the festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday at the City Hall – a fantastic venue, which is not often available to events attended by the more youthful and alternative of Cape Town audiences. The headliners this year are Vieux Farka Toure (Mali) aka The Hendrix of the Sahara, DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg and Thandiswa Mazwai, who are on the Main stage on Friday at 20:00 and Saturday at 21:00 and Midnight respectively. Other highlights include Okmalumkoolkat, JakobSnake, The Brother Moves On, Guy Buttery, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Carlo Mobelli.
A major feature of the festival this year is its position as a festival of music and light. The light element of that stems from having the festival programme printed on lanterns. These will be sold for R10 and all profits made from the selling of the lanterns will be donated to the Ubuntu Academy Cape Town. They were designed by Heath Nash and have all been handmade, which is another representation of the commitment and dedication to an authentic production quality from Beanstalk. This will also include the Light Bulb Sessions, which will act as a workshop element of the festival, hosting various speakers, which will be available to the public for free on Saturday afternoon.
They recently announced that another stage, called Worldbeats and Vinyl!, has been added to the line-up and will feature acts such as Kimon, Mix n Blend and Wax On. Day passes have been made available for R180 and a full weekend pass is R280. All line-up and ticket information is readily available on the CTWMF website and Facebook page. You can also check out PLATFORM’s interview with Beanstalk co-founder Ma’or Harris, who provides some valuable insight into the heart and soul of the festival.
PLATFORM is giving away a set of double tickets. To win, simply write on PLATFORM’s Facebook page by tagging Cape Town World Music Festival and saying which act you’re most excited to see.