Upcoming Events

Afr(indi)an fiction is a south-south sonic dialogue between SAMA nominated South African indo-jazz trio Kinsmen (Dhruv Sodha – Sitar, Shailesh Pillay – Tabla, Muhammad Dawjee – Saxophones) and acclaimed Zimbabwean ethnomusicologist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and instrument builder Othnell Mangoma Moyo that creates new ground in an imagined place where fictional borders dissolve and the mode of communication is sonic.
The emerging musical practices through their collaborative process probe at the intersection of Indian / African / X identities through exploration of the fictional and radical. Afr(indi)an fiction is also a response to the rapid shutting of national borders during the COVID-19 pandemic and global cries for returns to ‘normalcy’. Kinsmen creatively assert that we as a displaced people have never been or known any form of 'normal' and that we need to reckon with our belonging on this continent – in this place.
Afr(indi)an fiction debuts online on Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 18:30. Tickets are available at Quicket: https://qkt.io/2YyboJ



On Sunday 17 October 2021 at 15:30, Capetonian pianist, Dominic Daula, will present an afternoon recital at the North-West University Conservatory Hall. The programme, titled Modes of Expression, contains works from Bach, Schoenberg, Chopin, Du Plessis, Martin and Hofmeyr. The selection of works reveal the various ways in which composers attempted to make sense of their surroundings and musical heritage. Daula will perform the Toccata in D major (BWV 912) and the French Suite in B minor (BWV 814) where dance represents a prominent aspect of each work’s expressive qualities. This is also applied in Schoenberg’s Fünf Klavierstücke, opus 23 (1923), which ends with a waltz. Though the work is freely atonal, the final notes are rooted in D major. Rhythmic ingenuity is a strong feature of Frank Martin’s 8 Préludes, which includes some subtle statements of the well-known B-A-C-H motive, whilst also drawing inspiration from Chopin’s Preludes, opus 28. Hendrik Hofmeyr, in his hauntingly beautiful Notturno (2003), pays homage to the great nocturnes by Chopin and Fauré. While the more modern works in this programme seem to reflect more deliberately on heritage, Hubert du Plessis, in his Second Piano Sonata, opus 40 (1975), chronicles personal ‘states of mind’ that he underwent whilst composing the work. This programme bodes for an exciting and dramatic recital, with connections made between familiar and obscure compositions.

Tickets available at QUICKET: https://qkt.io/o2wCBZ