‘Afrique mon désir’ at Woordfees in Stellenbosch

David Kramer directs a multimedia production featuring multi-award winning South African singer and composer Laurinda Hofmeyr, bassist and musical producer Schalk Joubert and the Afrique mon désire ensemble.

Afrique mon désir
The cast of Afrique mon désir.
Afrique mon désir.
Laurinda Hofmeyr, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Malako Wekuna Soba, Yamamoto Bonkuta Loyeke, Kayembe Ilunga, Deodata (Dea) Kingzunga-Walo, Dylan Roman.
Stellenbosch Woordfees
07  March 20:30
11 March 16:00
KKNK Oudtshoorn
2 April 18:00
3 April 14:00
All bookings via Computicket

The idea for the production sparked when Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) CEO Nico McLachlan approached Hofmeyr.

“I have not busied myself with any French since my Varsity days,”sayd Hofmeyr. “But taking this chance was extremely rewarding. I discovered incredible poetry and met wonderful people and musicians. Afrique mon désir brought together different themes in my life.”

The show explores a wealth of African poetry from francophone countries Madagascar, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Tshad, Cameroon and all the way back to South African shores with the Afrikaans poetry of Breyten Breytenbach, Antjie Krog en Eugène Marais.

With the help of the Alliance Francaise du Cap’s network, four musicians originally from the DRC, now living in Cape Town, were found through a series of auditions – vocalists Malako Wekuna-Soba, Yamamoto Bonkuta Loyeke, Dea Kinzungu-Walo and guitarist Kayemba Ilunga.

South African drummer Kevin Gibson and accordion player and keyboardist Dylan Roma also join the cast.

France, the Netherlands and Belgium

Animations created by award-winning South African artist, Diek Grobler, accompany the music, making this production a unique experience where languages like French, Afrikaans, Lingala and even some Swahili,Tshiluba and Kikongo) flow seamlessly into the universal language of music.

The show will be staged at the Woordfees, Stellenbosch in March and at KKNK, Oudtshoorn in April and Afrique mon désir will then also be presented in France, the Netherlands and Belgium in June in 2018.

Afrique mon désir album available for purchase at: http://www.laurindahofmeyr.co.za/winkel/.

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