The popular world music production Afrique mon désir, performed by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir Ensemble and directed by David Kramer, blew audiences away in Paris, Bordeaux, Poitiers and Angouleme and has now returned home for a three night only run at The Fugard Theatre on 18, 19, 20 October (8pm) with a matinee performance on Saturday 20 October (4pm).
Presented by the Cape Town Music Academy, this world class production debuted earlier in the year at the US Woordfees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), where it received nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production. The show performed to full houses and had audiences and reviewers raving. The album with the same title was then picked up by French music label, In Ouïe and released world-wide in May.
During its French Tour the production was embraced by the international media - Hofmeyr was invited to be a guest on the international news channel France 24’s prime time Eye on Africa show as well as the Parisian based TV Tele Sud’s Africa Hour show. A highlight was playing in the well-known New Mornings venue in the 10th arrondissement of Paris and having the established Bordeaux-based music critic, Bernard Jean, describe it as “the best album and stage production” he has seen in the last decade.
In Afrique mon désir, Hofmeyr, well known for setting poetry to music, combines exhilarating rhythms with mesmerising Francophone poetry from as far as Madagascar to Mauritania and Cameroon to Cape Town whilst exploring haunting themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa. Artist Diek Grobler’s animations brings the music to life and makes this an audio-visual feast.
Afrique mon désir is directed by David Kramer with musical direction by Schalk Joubert and features Laurinda Hofmeyr (vocals and piano), Dea Kinzunga-Walo (vocals), Barry Van Zyl (drums), Dylan Roman (piano), Chris Bakalanga (bass & vocals), Malako Wekuna Soba & Yamamoto Bonkuta Loyeke (vocals), Kayembe Ilunga (guitar) with animation by Diek Grobler and graphic stills by David Kramer.
Tickets ranging from R140 are available directly on The Fugard Theatre’s website www.thefugard.com or via The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554
There is secure parking diagonally opposite the theatre.