THE popular world music production Afrique mon désir, performed by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir Ensemble and directed by David Kramer, will be staged at the beautiful Cascade Country Manor in Paarl on Saturday, February 16. Treat your romantic other half or bring your friends for a lovely concert at the stylish manor`s romantic and beautiful outdoor setting. Enjoy a picnic (book separately) while listening to mesmerising poetry set to music as the Drakenstein mountains blush in the light of the setting sun.
In Afrique mon desir, Hofmeyr, well known for setting poetry to music, combines exhilarating rhythms with beautiful Francophone poetry from as far as Madagascar to Mauritania and Cameroon to Cape Town while exploring haunting themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa.
Presented by the Cape Town Music Academy*, this world class production debuted in 2018 at the US Woordfees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), where it received nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production. Afrique mon désir has also been nominated for a kykNET FiëstasAward 2019 in the category for Best Musical Theatre Production.
Vicky Davis, programme manager at Cape Town Music Academy says: “What makes this show special is that it is musically and visually quite spectacular. A selection of Africa`s most renowned poetry is put to exciting world music rhythms and energetic dance routines and performed by an ensemble of some of SA`s most talented musicians and West African singers. With the combined forces of David Kramer as director, Schalk Joubert as musical director and the mesmerising compositions of the very talented Laurinda Hofmeyr, you cannot expect anything less than something extraordinary.”
An album with the same title was released in May 2018. It was picked up for international distribution by the French music label, In Ouïe. Physical copies of the album will be available at the show and can also be ordered via Laurinda Hofmeyr`s website here.