Prepare yourself for a treat by local and internationally acclaimed artists such Nomisupasta, Makhafula Vilakazi, Slovenian based contemporary composer, pianist, and producer – Bowrain,Msaki, Neo Muyanga, Umle, Urban Village, The Brother Moves On, The Wretched, Just Themba, Jab A Jaw, DJ Bubbles and various DJ’s showcasing a stellar line-up every Thursday to Sundays’as we wrap up the year that is 2018.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel line up is jam packed with offerings for all:
· Every Thursday from 29th November - 20th December 2018
Slovenian based contemporary composer, pianist and producer Bowrain will be performing alongside the locally acclaimed band The Brother Moves On and musician friends. Each Thursday the Bowrain will pair with a member of The Brother Moves On and his musician friends to perform music created on that day as part of a residency project together. Each evening the duo and friends will play the set which will be followed by an open jam and a DJ set by the amazing Jab A Jaw.
· Friday Live Music Nights from 30th November 2018
As part of her preparation for being on the 2018 Afropunk line-up NomiSupasta has embarked on an open rehearsals schedule to get her audience hyped up for New Year’s eve and on the 30th of November 2018 she brings her open rehearsal to #TheCosmopolitanSummer.
Her impressive resume includes being the first female SRC president at the University of Fort Hare, and also being regarded as the voice that traversed the planet with the hit Single “Traveler” with Black Coffee, the METRO FM classic “With You” which went on to be sampled by 9th Wonder for Rapsody’s Idea of beautiful album, or the Kaya FM #1 hit single “Maybe I” – making her without a doubt, the epitome of Black Girl Magic.
· Fanon in the Cosmo’s: The Wretched & Concerning Blacks - 7th December 2018
The poet Makhafula Vilakazi returns to the stage. He is angry.
Not the sort of infantile performative rage we observe when restaurant owners insult their staff and chief clientele. Not the fury that fizzles out a few days after the “outrage” exhausts the news cycle. No. Settlers. Xenophobia and black on black scorn.
The Wretched is a trio consisting of vocalist Gabi Motuba, sound scape Healer Oran and drummer Tumi Mogorosi. The ensemble is focusing on the inter-textual nature of narrative using sound as a means to deliverance. The text being The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon gives a sonic space to interpret the sounds of the Wretched in terms of memory present and a search of future. The spaces of being are interrogated by sounds the moves beyond the conceptions of the pseudo-arrested development of the Wretched of the earth.
· The Acoustic Duo edition with Msaki and Neo Muyanga with opening act Umle – 14 December 2018
Award winning Msaki has shared stages with renowned artists like Nduduzo Makhathini, Salif Keita, Pops Mohammed, Madala Kunene, Vusi Mahlasela, Angelique Kidjo, Siphokazi Mohapi, Thandiswa Mazwai, and the Blk Jks amongst others. She is featured in Black Coffee’s recent album Music is King. For this performance she partners with Black Sunshine fame Neo Muyanga.
In their own right, Umle is a duo of artists who make good music; they reside in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and have managed to win the hearts of the intimate PE scene. The aim is to take them as a band to international recognition, yet remaining independent. The one way that they describe their music is "sis today" (today's sound mixed with all influences).
· Urban Village & The Brother Moves On – 21 December 2018
Urban Village music is made up of 4 young, self-taught and experimental artists from Soweto, Johannesburg. Their sound can be described as South African folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies and a blend of traditional influences. The band’s music encapsulates day-to-day black livelihood experiences. Urban Village is currently independent and recently released its sought after six-track EP, Bantu Art which features the people’s favourite Ubaba and Makolo Yanga.
The Brother Moves On (TBMO) is a musical shapeshifter, a Jozi-based, art and music collective who call themselves “a time and space exercise”. Theirs is transition music for a transition generation, experimental and expressive, played in unique spaces from museums and churches to derelict buildings and inner-city rooftops.
· AFROPINK - 28th December
The unofficial LGBTIQ pre-party, AfroPink will be hosted by Moshe Ndiki and featuring only LGBTIQ selectors. Bubbles and entertainment will be the order for the day in what is to be the beginning of the New Year celebrations.
· Live DJ Performances from 1st - 29th December 2018
Party up a storm by locally acclaimed DJ;s such as Bubbles, Tha Cutt, Just Themba(KayaFM), Deneice Marz, Rebel DJ, Spontaneous DJ, Jab A Jaw, DJ Smokes Red Cup Birthday Celebration, Tha Cutt,Brother Shabazz, Soosh,Rosie Parade, P-Kuttah & Jimmy Wizz featuring friends.
Tickets can be bought at the door for each session. For information, contact Empress of Blaque – email@example.com / 074 875 8933.
Keep tabs on the line by following @TheCosmoJoburg #SummerAtTheCosmo #TheCosmopolitanSummer