Jul 9

Alexander Matthews – Cue editor’s pick

Category: 2015

Report by Nikho Mageza & Siyavuya Makubalo

CueTube speaks to Alexander Matthews, specialist writer for Cue newspaper about his tips for this the National Arts Festivall.

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Jul 9

Luyanda Sidiya – Standard Bank Young Artist (Dance)

Category: 2015,dance

Profile by Teboho Ramosili and Laura Skippers

Luyanda Sidiya is the Standard Bank Young Artist for dance in 2015 . He choreographed Siva (Seven) in a The Vuyani Dance Theatre in a production. CueTube talks to the artist.

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Jul 9

Under the Arch – festival vox pops

Category: 2015,news

Report by Nikho Mageza & Siyavuya Makubalo

With controversy about who is in and who is out in the craft trading areas at the National Arts Festival, CueTube speaks to craft sellers under the arch to sense their experience.

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Jul 8

Exhibition (Insanity)

Category: 2015,theatre

Report by Aphile-Aphile Sololo & Tolakele Silo

Body, voice, music: Mxolisi Masilela’s Exhibition (Insanity)reveals the thoughts that go through the mind of an artist while he creates his mural. In this colourful work, Masilela taps into the sensitivity of emotion through dialogue, dance and music.

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Jul 8

J’zel – Oaklands College

Category: 2015,dance

Report by Jenna Lillie and Louise Fuller
Hashtag, facetime, tweets! Insta-living is everywhere and J’zel is a modern take on the classic ballet Giselle. It is a brilliantly executed performance which exposes society’s obsession with social acceptance through the language of technology.
The ballet was choreographed by Ignatius van Heerden and Weslee Swain Lauder who teach at Oakland College.

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Jul 8

The Needle

Category: 2015,theatre

Report by Tolakele Silo and Aphile-Aphile Sololo

Featuring deaf students, “The Needle’ seeks to address the issue of the violation of rights of deaf people using land issues as its main focus. The play poinst out how deaf people are not taken care of yet they are constitutionally equal with the other citizens.
The play is written by South African translator Nuna Musasa and directed by Belina Medupi and Lebo Leisa.

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Jul 8

(Eastern) Cape Mongo

Category: 2015,art,performance

Report by Campbell Easton & Sanele Ntshingana

Cape Town born artist Francois Knoetze seeks to change how we see waste objects. His sculptured costumes of discarded objects forces us to see the ugly truth of consumer culture, things we throw away have a past and a future.
CueTube accompanied Knoetzer as Cell in public art performances which astounds and challenges visitors to Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival.

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Jul 8

Qhawe – Hero

Category: 2015,theatre

Report by Sisipho Skweyiya

Qhawe (hero) is a puppet play set in a village in the Eastern Cape. It tells the story of a son of a Chief who was abducted after birth, who after growing up without his parents returns to his village to save the dwellers from an evil snake – hence, his name Qhawe. Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2015

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Jul 8

Kesivan Naidoo and the Lights

Category: 2015,jazz

Report by Kimara Singh & Laura Skippers

Kesivan Naidoo’s involvement in the National Arts Festival started as a teenager when selected for the Standard Bank National Schools Band. He since went on to win the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for jazz. His performed with his band as ‘Kesivan and the Lights’ at Carnegie Hall last year to great acclaim.
cueTube talks to Naidoo as he reprises his Carnegie performance with his original 2009 Lights band comprising of Feya Faku (trumpet), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Justin Bellairs (saxophone), Reza Khota (guitar) and Shane Cooper (bass), with the addition of Karl-Martin Almqvist (saxophone) and Johan Horlen (saxophone).

Report by Kimara Singh & Laura Skippers

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Jul 7

Musa Ngqungwana – Standard Bank Young Artist for Music

Category: 2015,music

Report by Teboho Ramosili and Laura Skippers

Musa Ngqungwana is the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Music celebrated for Opera. A choir boy from Port Elizabeth, Musa has made impressive strides to international stardom as a bass baritone.
CueTube explores his love and passion for music and highlights it’s essential role in South Africa.

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Jul 7

Benjamin Jephta – jazz bass

Category: 2015,jazz

Report by Kimara Singh & Laura Skippers

22 year old jazz bassist, Benjamin Jeptha treated the crowd to sounds from his debut album, Homecoming. He infuses gospel and goema music with western sounds. This young musician’s musical identity is constantly evolving, with his sound aiming to leave the listener inspired.
Benjamin Jephta shared the stage with his quintet including Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Sisonke Xonti (saxophone) and Kyle Shepherd (piano) at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival – at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2015.

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Jul 7

Astonish – Mawonga Gayiya

Category: 2015

Report by Tolakele Silo and Sanele Ntshingana

Mawonga Gayiya is the sole black magician in the 2015 National Arts Festival. CueTube sees him in action at the Village Green, to get more reaction from his audience.
Despite the mystery around illusion in the black community, the award-winning Cape Town (Khayelitsha) born magician Mawonga Gayiya left the crowd ASTONISHED while performing his tricks.
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Jul 7

11 days of Amaz!ng

Category: 2015

A glide through some of the fest spots to pick up some of the vibe

TV students of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University

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Jul 7

Red Earth Revisited

Category: 2015,theatre

Report by Sisipho Skweyiya

The puppetry show, Red Earth Revisited tells the story of the Xhosa princess, Nongqawuse who with the manipulation of white colonisers cheated Xhosa people of their cattle. The puppet show uses some humour to show the tragedy and sad circumstances Xhosa people went through when they lost their cattle due to Nongqawuse’s lie.

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Jul 7

The Last Attitude

Category: 2015,dance

Report by Campbell Easton & Aphile Aphile Silolo

Mamela Nyamza and Nelisiwe Xaba take us with them on this exploratory piece, The Last Attitude, which pushes the boundaries and acceptable norms of ballet. Taking on themes of lightness and heaviness, strict movements and free experimentation, they switch effortlessly between the male and female roles.

The piece sets out to explore the relationship between men and women in ballet, juxtaposing male and female, support and exploitation, they travel through a number of scenarios in which the typical dynamics of ballet are subverted.

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