Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Every Sunday
30 November 2003 - 4 April 2004


The charge for the Appletiser Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch is R30 for adults, R20 for students (with student card) and R10 for children, inclusive of the garden entrance fee. Botanical Society members pay R25 for adults and R10 for children.

Concert tickets are available all day on Sundays. Tickets should be purchased by garden visitors wishing to attend the concert later. The concert fee is payable by all visitors after 3pm. Please retain your concert ticket to gain entry to the concert area.

Bring the family and a picnic, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the best of local music while the sun slips behind the mountains. You are welcome to linger after the concert but please make sure to leave the Garden by 8pm and remember to take your litter home with you. The concert area is bin-free.

Appletiser products will be on sale at all the concerts.

Special parking is available for the physically disabled - enter the garden at the Rycroft Gate (top gate) and proceed to the workshop area off Camphor Avenue for parking.

Please note that no dogs or ball games are allowed in the Garden. Please keep children out of the flowerbeds and off the stage. Please also show consideration by not smoking in the audience or sitting on deckchairs that obstruct the view of the stage for others.

The programme is subject to alteration or cancellation without notice.
Remember that Kirstenbosch is generally protected from south-easterly winds. In the unlikely event of rain, a concert may have to be cancelled. The weather can vary considerably in different parts of the Peninsula, so if in doubt, please phone the Kirstenbosch Information Desk.

General information: (021) 799 8783 or 799 8620
Ticket Information: (021) 761 2866

A variety of concert picnics will be available from The Picnic Company. Picnics may be ordered up until 5pm the day before the concert on (021) 706-8470/1.

Reserved corporate grand stand seating for 50 guests with catering available. For further enquiries call Sarah Struys on (021) 799 8775.

Please note that concerts listed in blue boxes do not form part of the Appletiser Summer Sunset Concert series and different prices and conditions apply.



30 November 2003
Tucan Tucan

Featuring musicians from Norway, Mozambique, Argentina and South Africa, this 6-piece African-Latin band performs original music composed and arranged by bandleader, renowned percussionist and drummer Frank Paco. Their music combines Latino rhythms and African grooves with lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Sesotho, Xhosa, Zulu and Shangaan.

7 December

Past winner of the South African Music Award for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Album, Loyiso Mangena has become a household name through his role on the e-tv series, Backstage. Having led the Drakensberg Boys Choir, he went on to become the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir in 2000 at the tender age of 19. His music is described as "R&B at its finest, with a slight Latino feel, and a distinctive soulful South African flava".

14 December
Shawn Phillips

American folk legend and rock pioneer, Shawn Phillips is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early '70's singer-songwriter boom. In a musical career spanning 40 years, he has recorded 18 albums and sold over 3 million records. Playing on electric and acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars, he crosses freely between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop and classical genres.

18/19/20/21 December
Carols by Candlelight

Traditional Christmas Carols organised by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch.
Please note the Carols start at 20h00, gates open at 17h00. The entrance fee on 18 December is R20 for adults and R5 for children and R30 for adults and R10 for children on 19/20/21 December. (Regret no discount for Botanical Society members). Entrance fee includes a candle and song-sheet.

28 December
Salsa Candela

This 8-piece dance band plays authentic Afro-Caribbean music as recently popularised by the CD and movie "Buena Vista Social Club". Their repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban genres such as the Son-montuno, Guaracha and Mambo to the Afro-Caribbean styles of Calypso and Merengue as well as some of the lesser-known Puerto Rican varieties.

Wednesday, 31 December

'Under The Stars'
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra & Yvonne Chaka Chaka

4 January
The Boulevard Blues Band

Steeped in the tradition of classic urban Blues, this 6-piece outfit presents a musical journey through the styles of Louisiana, Chicago urban Blues and Clapton-inspired British Blues revivals.

11 January
Aquarian Quartet

An awesome musical collaboration featuring four of the most inventive, skilled and original guitarists that southern Africa has ever produced. Fellow Aquarians, long-time friends and all acoustic guitar legends in their own right they are: Steve Newman, Greg Georgiades, Syd Kitchen and Tony Cox.

18 January
Junction (021)

This dynamic collective of nineteen of the most talented, young jazz performers in South Africa (average age 24) presents an exciting show of big band standards from the last 80 years. With a repertoire ranging from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra to today's Robbie Williams, they also enjoy providing a performance platform for original South African composers of Big Band Jazz.

25 January

Hardly two years old, freshlyground have already released their first CD, Jika Jika. Not an easy band to categorize, the freshlyground sound is an unique brew of indigenous African folk, jazz, reggae and dance hall music.

1 February

Founder and former leader of South Africa's internationally celebrated marimba group Amampondo, Dizu Plaatjies introduces his first solo album, Ibuyambo, with a live show featuring the traditional dance and costumes of the peoples of southern Africa. Mixing traditional African instruments and songs with his own original lyrics and melodies, he creates an unique neo-traditional blend of sounds on a musical journey through sub-Saharan Africa.

8 February
Divine Divas

Three of South Africa's most sensational sopranos Aviva Pelham, Virginia Davids and Pauline Malefane, combine their unique and individual vocal talents in a spellbinding performance of opera, gospel, operetta and musical numbers.

15 February
Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders

In preparation for a return appearance at the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Regimental Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders - and friends - will be showcasing their versatility with an exciting mix of Scots and Celtic traditional and modern music and dance.

22 February
Jonny Cooper Big Band

South Africa's premier Big Band recreates the Big Band sound of the 1940's with tributes to Swing Legends such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Joined by guest vocalists singing in the classic style of Big Band singers such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, a style that is as beguiling today as it was when Swing was King.

29 February
Muse String Quartet

Following in the footsteps of Vanessa Mae and Bond, this unique all-girl string quartet presents an amplified version of string quartet never seen before in South Africa. Playing with an amplified beat in a variety of styles from Latino to house, Jazz and hip-hop, these four classically trained musicians stylishly bridge the gap between the classical and contemporary.

7 March
Breakfast Included

Winners of the 'Best Jazz band in the Western Cape' for two years running in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters competition, Breakfast Included has been captivating a whole new audience of younger Jazz listeners with their distinctive African Jazz and funk flavoured original music. These four young UCT Jazz graduates will be joined by the vocal talents of fellow UCT music student and rising star Emily Bruce.

14 March
Bed on Bricks

Playing an interesting mix of truly Capetonian funk-rock, reggae, samba, rap and hip-hop and led by Mike Hardy of Sons of Trout fame, Bed on Bricks are Cape Town's hottest new addition to the SA music scene.

21 March
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Join Richard Cock and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra for a playful concert of classical music inspired by flowers.
Please note the charge for this concert is R40 for adults (Botanical Society members R30), R25 for students and R15 for children.

28 March
Karen Zoid

Karen Zoid honed her song writing and guitar playing skills as a busker on the street corners of Melville, Johannesburg. Her debut solo album, Poles Apart, won her Best New Artist and Best Rock Album awards in the SABC TV2 Geraas Music Awards, as well as being voted 2001 Album of the Year by SA Rock Digest. Singing in English and Afrikaans with a smattering of Zulu, her music "delves into issues like love, philosophy and day-to-day aspects such as waitress stress".

4 April
To be announced

Special concert to accommodate any performance cancelled due to rain, or a repeat of the most popular concert of the season.


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