Saturday, January 22, 2011

Music for Tourists: Videos from Cape Town

I'm going to start rolling out photos and videos from my trip to Africa and Europe. I'll start with the ones that are probably the most interesting culturally and historically, but which I also know very little about.

What I can tell you is that these performances are for the tourists. They were in touristy parts of Cape Town where there was a lot of shopping happening: the Waterfront and Green Market Square. These are folks that get up in the morning, put on their costumes and go dance for tips. And it's nice that they do, because in Cape Town you don't really get a feeling of much traditional culture, it's a very modern and European city.

Tourists were constantly joining these ladies so that they could have pictures taken with them. It was a little annoying as I just wanted to watch them perform. I really enjoyed their interlocking rhythmic and melodic chanting. It was very cool.

I passed them a couple hours later and they were sitting and singing. It was hot, and they were tired. They were cute ladies.

If you know anything about these performances, please let me know.


cam said...

i don't know anything about them, but the vids are extremely cool. i think it's amazing that you go on vacation, and what do you post about? the music you find elsewhere. exactly what i would do ... if i ever got to travel anywhere. :)

so, i found your blog through that networked blog thing on facebook. if you don't mind, i'm gonna subscribe to your feed so i know when you write more stuff. thanks.

Jamie: said...

Hey Cam! Welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting! When I travel I'm usually on the look out for music, it's just how I roll :) I love African music especially, so I was very excited to see what I could find. So stay tuned, cause I'll get into it.

cam said...

glad to be here! have you had the blog long? sadly, i just recently got into mine. i puchased the domain back in 2006, but i just let it sit there and didn't do anything with it until about september of 2009. i thought i blogged quite a bit in 2010, but then i look at the history and think "sheesh ... i sure didn't write much." so this year i made it a goal to write 365 post.
whether that's one day or some days with multiple posts, i don't care--as long i write the equivalent of every day.

anyway, yah--glad i found yours!

Jamie: said...

I think it's been two-and-a-half years now? The blog has been a great outlet since I've been out of grad school.