The second Cape Town Buskers Festival adds a colourful exclamation mark to the Cape Town Fringe when it springs to life from 5-8 October.
Says Cape Town Buskers Festival CEO Tony Lankester, “It’s a light and lively Festival with plenty for every kind of audience to enjoy and it was really well received by the crowds last year. We are looking forward to once again celebrating the freedom of expression, staggering skill and cheeky humour that the buskers bring.”
In many countries worldwide, busking is a respected performance career, yet it remains misunderstood in South Africa. ‘Captivating busking takes real talent’, says Lankester, ‘professional buskers know how to truly hold a crowd’s attention and a good performer will have the audience happily parting with their money – often as part of the act.’
The V&A Waterfront is leading the way for the professionalisation of busking with an active programme nurturing and supporting the local busking community. Head of Communications for the V&A Waterfront, Donald Kau says, ‘Buskers are a distinct feature of the Waterfront and an important part of our continuous investment in developing artists. The Buskers Festival is an extension of our ongoing commitment to create platforms for buskers to showcase their talent, earn an income and have exposure to a new audience daily.’
The 2017 International Buskers are:
The one and only Shandy show is a highly visual, slick, sophisticated and funky fusion of street dance, mime and improvisational comedy. From acro-balancing, the Matrix and robotic masked mime to vocal beat-boxing street-locking, body-popping, costume changes and audience participation, this one-man funk-machine comedy mime show has it all and more!
Sharon Mahoney (Canada)
Sharon is your typical Canadian—polite, patriotic, apologetic and extremely passive-aggressive. But being an ambassador for such a country can be exhausting. With a “little” help from the audience, Sharon transforms into her more direct and domineering counterpart—Miss Tallulah—and shows what being libertine is all about!
Thelmo Parole (Spain)
A romantic warrior buffoon—Thelmo Parole revels in chaos and disorder, a lovably anarchic character skipping the fence from innocence to adversity. Creating epic poetry from tiny moments, this show combines classic cabaret clowning, circus and comedy with razor-sharp aesthetics to create a show not easily forgotten. You’ll laugh at Thelmo’s show—and laugh again when you remember!
Victor Hugo Rubilar (Argentina)
With eighteen international awards under his belt, five Guinness World Records and shows in 52 countries, he will not only entertain you but he will also amaze you with jaw-dropping world-class tricks.
In October 2013, Victor Rubilar broke the Guinness World Record of the most R.A.F (rolls around the face) in a minute. The record was set at the Maltepe Park Mall in Istanbul, Turkey and he managed the total amount of 35 R.A.F in one minute.
Local buskers auditioned for the Festival either in person or online. The buskers who were selected for this year’s Festival are:
Abikondela Marimba – marimba and instruments
Nku-Magic (Nkombuzo) – magician
Shifu Xiong – Kung Fu
Mazula – guitarists/singers
Cape Town Freestyle – soccer ball freestylers
Al Petersen – guitarist/singer
Reinhardt Buhr – brass band
Jo and the Ganga Muffins – guitar, mouth accordion
Street Kings – brass band
Siyazama Cultural – singers/dancers
Hlanganani Marimba – marimba band
Siyabuya Marimba – opera/marimba
Major Voices – singers/dancers
Didi and Julz – guitarist/violinist
Showman Entertainment – circus/acrobat and break dancing
AnecNote – acapella singing
Mmino (Hajo) – band
Zen Viljoen – looping
Kathryn Swain – guitarist/singer
Dylan Farred – guitarist/singer
Micaela Kleinsmill – guitarist/singer
Chico Muya – musician
Patrick and Patricia – musical duo
Paulo Coster – guitarist/singer
Angela Stuurman – musician
Brandon Sundae – guitarist/singer
AJ the Duo – musicians
Roxy – guitarist/singer
Joanne Cooper and Lebz – musician
Alanna Joy – guitarist/singer
Alta du Toit – marimba
Brandvlei Stofskoppers – dance, fancy footwork
The costs of the travel and accommodation of the eight learners and guardian of the riel dans troupe Brandvlei Stofskoppers (who are from the Northern Cape) are being sponsored by Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa.
For more visit www.ctbuskersfestival.co.za or follow the social media channels:
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The Cape Town Buskers Festival is a project of the Cape Town Fringe, National Arts Festival and V&A Waterfront.
About the Cape Town Fringe
Now in its fourth year, the Cape Town Fringe is a multi-genre performing arts festival that takes place in Cape Town from 21 September – 8 October 2017. Celebrating the city’s own talent, the Festival also attracts national and international work and encourages experimentation, collaboration and reinvention. In 2017, the Cape Town Fringe is extending its footprint into a Fringe circuit, which sees the Fringe bring exciting work closer to many of the city’s neighbourhoods. The Cape Town Fringe is grateful to its sponsors the City of Cape Town and Standard Bank.
Visit www.capetownfringe.co.za for more and stay close to the conversation on social media via:
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