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Celebration of the South African Season in France 2013

Rendez-Vous #1

Celebration of the South African Season in France 2013

Thursday 6 June, Braamfontein

On 28 May 2013, South Africa shined in France with the official launch of the South African Season in France 2013.  

With more than 900 South African guests taking part in projects across 100 French cities, the South Africa leg of the South Africa-France Season 2012 & 2013 will showcase local talents and gems from May to December 2013.

While France hosted a series of celebrations and prestigious events for the Official Opening Week of the South Africa Seasons in France, Johannesburg will celebrate to the sounds of the homebrew ‘street level dance phenomenon’ Shangaan Electro and RFI/France 24 Discoveries Music Award 2012 winner Elemotho with a background of images from the celebrations in France.


Shangaan Electro

The South African band Shangaan Electro, who will take part in the South African Season in France 2013, went global in 2010 on the back of a series of viral youtube clips (2 million hits and counting) and an acclaimed compilation on Honest Jon's that introduced the movers and shakers in this fast emerging micro-genre. Shangaan Electro replaces Shangaan music's traditional instrumentation with midi-keyboard sounds, re-pitched vocal samples and jacking four to the floor beats, then amps things up to breakneck speeds of over 180BPM. This is hyperkinetic digital dance music custom made for weekly dance offs in Soweto. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXE6_j1N7o8


2012 RFI-France 24 Discoveries Awards Winner, Elemotho will be stopping over in Johannesburg as part of a Southern African tour. Hailing from the Kalahari, the artist plays acoustic guitar as well as sings in his mother-tongue Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. From rural boy to modern lyricist, Elemotho stands-out from your usual commercial and easily consumable sounds by using experimental ideas where reality is amplified through his vision of music. www.myspace.com/elemotho

 * The Opening Week in France includes:

- the lighting of the Eiffel Tower with the colours of the South African flag

- Robyn Orlin’s creation Beauty remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position with Moving Into Dance Mophatong at the Théâtre Chaillot (30 and 31 May),

- the exceptional retrospective exhibition Nelson Mandela: from prisoner to president at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (30 May – 6 July),

- the Award Winning Prize Ceremony of the Dulcie September Prize for human rights values to winning high school students, organized by the South African government, Arcueil City and the Collège Dulcie September (31 May),

 - the International Biennial of Poets in Val-de-Marne (24 May – 2 June).

Events Details

Rendez-Vous #1

Featuring Shangaan Electro and Elemotho

The Grove Esplanade, Melle Street, Braamfontein

Thursday 6 June from 6pm to 8.30pm

Free Entrance

Safe off-street parking


Rendez-Vous #1 is organised by the French Institute of South Africa, and is co-hosted by the National Arts Council

 Elemotho is presented as part of a Southern African tour by the network of Alliances françaises in Southern Africa and the French Institute of South Africa with the support of France 24 and RFI.

 Event organised as part of the South Africa-France Seasons 2012 & 2013. www.france-southafrica.com

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