20 June-8 July 2006. David Kramers and Taliep Petersens popular music revue explores the history of slave music in the Cape. Starting from the early 17th century, the Dutch East India Company brought slaves from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Madagascar and various other countries on the spice route to support its growing settlement in the area. The resulting interaction with the indigenous, Dutch and other European populations resulted in a colourful musical culture whose legacy can still be felt today. Ghoema a ghoema is a musical instrument created by the slaves out of a small wine vat and is still in use celebrates this heritage through a combination of music and drama. The cast includes actors Loukmaan Adams, Zenobia Kloppers, Carmen Maarman, Munthir Dullisear and Gary Naidoo and musicians Gammie Lakay, Howard Links, Danny Butler, Charlie Rhode and Solly Martin. The costumes are designed by Illka Louw. Tues-Sat 20.00, Sat 8 July 15.00 and 20.00, Sun 15.00 and 18.00. Tickets Tues-Thurs, Sat 15.00 and Sun R85-R65, Fri and Sat 20.00 R95-R75.
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Ghoema a history of slave music.
Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch. Tel. +27 (0) 21 685 7880. Booking on-line through Computicket: www2.computicket.com/booking/computicket