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African Vibes 2015

A programme of Dance and Music
featuring African Young Talents
As part of the Francophonie celebrations

28 March from 18:00 / Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg

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Photos from left to right: Between Us by Fana Tshabalala - photo Christo Doherty, Derrière le Rideau by Marcel Gbeffa - photo Jorge Perez-LookMeLuck.com, Marema - photo Nampémanla

Music and dance lovers will be treated to sounds and rhythms by artists from Senegal, Benin and South Africa in an evening celebrating African young talents.

This evening features a dance double bill with Between Us by Fana Tshabalala (SA) and Derrière le Rideau by Marcel Gbeffa, followed by live music by Marema (Senegal), 2014 RFI Discoveries Award Winner, and DJ sets by Mz Buttons and Kapula.

One date only!

> South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala explores relationships and the importance of appreciating and making use of the present moment with dancer Thulani Chauke in his dance work Between Us

> Beninese choreographer Marcel Gbeffa takes us backstage through the process of creation and the various emotional and creative states the artist go through with his solo Derrière le Rideau.

> Senegalese singer, Marema, strongly influenced by the acoustic music of Tracy Chapman, shares her music all over Africa as part of succeeds to the RFI Discoveries Award Prize. She succeeds to Burkinabe rapper, Smarty (2013 RFI Discoveries Award Winner).
Listen to her single Femme d'Affaires here!


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Event details
18:00 Dance Factory / Dance Double Bill
20:00 Bassline / Live Music with Marema, DJ Kapula and Mz Buttons

Parking
10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct 

This special evening is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française network with the support of RFI and the Bassline


More about Marema
Far from being yet another artist, Marema is a new gain for our universal musical heritage. She explores different traditional music influence and bring it to a modern rhythm. Marema’s world music has no border. In her family universe, she was soon rocked by acoustic music of Tracy Chapman that her mom is a fan. As a young child Marema sings. As a young adult, Marema starts composing, writing and singing her own repertoire. She soon starts working as backing vocalist for renowned Senegalese artists, such as Awadi, Yoro Ndiaye, Edu Bocandé, Metzo Djatah, Takeifa, Idrissa Diop… Until the day the talented and internationally known musician Mao Otayeck (Alpha Blondy, Salif Keita, Stevie Wonder), notices her, encourages her and decides to support her in the recording of her first solo album.
www.maremaofficial.com

More about Fana Tshabalala
Fana Tshabalala was accepted as a student to be part of the MIDM FETC in Performing Arts in 2007. In 2012, Fana joined The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative as a professional company member where he choreographed ‘Between Us.’ In 2013 as Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance, Fana Tshabalala choreographed and presented a new work Indumba at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, as well as at Jomba! in Durban and Arts Alive in Johannesburg. Furthermore, Fana toured ‘Between Us’ and ‘Gates of Hell’ to France as part of his 3 month residency with Kelemenis & cie and Centre National de la Danse (CND). He has performed in South Africa and internationally.

www.facebook.com/fana.tshabalala1

More about Marcel Gbeffa
Marcel Gbeffa discovered contemporary dance in 2001 through his involvement in the Beninese association ORIculture. Marcel Gbeffa also works with Norbert Senou and Caroline Fabre (France/Benin), Patrick Acogny and Germaine Acogny (Senegal/France), Longafo Eyeoto (Congo), Nora Chipaumir (Zimbabwe/New York), Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa), Michelle Broda (France), Sarah Carlson (USA) amongst others. In 2008, Marcel Gbeffa founds his company with his collaborator Valerie d’Almeida under the name Multicorps/Marcel Gbeffa and takes the artistic direction. At the same time, they found a dance school in Cotonou which becomes, in September 2011, the first Centre Chorégraphique of Benin.
https://www.facebook.com/Centre.Choregraphique.Multicorps


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