26 October 2017

Kofifi movement in association with BET presents Kofifi featuring Mercy Pakela

Travel back in time at the carousel casino with kofifi movement and BET

Allow yourself to be transported to a time in history that should never have been erased. Picture it: You enter a smoky shebeen but you know that the alcohol isn't the point. There is something bigger that everyone has come to find or express. Ladies and gentlemen are dressed in their Sunday best, and it's not even Sunday. This is kofifi-style. The music plays, a few people sway on the dance floor. Some do it absent-mindedly in their seats. You knew coming here that by the time you left, your soul would be filled with either poetry, music, dancing or connecting with others.
 
Luckily you don't have to imagine this scene because kofifi entertainment is coming to The Carousel in Pretoria on 28 October 2017. The venue will be transformed into a cultural hub by the Kofifi Movement to be enjoyed by lovers of this bygone era.
 
Kofifi movement aims to celebrate those who lived during the height of apartheid
 
While the regime tried to restrict them, make their lives small and devoid of joy, the people of integrated areas such as Sophiatown and District Six rebelled in the form of kofifi dance, kofifi music and other forms of entertainment. The apartheid government tried to subjugate the people of kofifi but they would always find ways to make themselves feel free.
 
Sophiatown (also called Kofifi) was the birthplace of the late Thandi Klaasen whose most famous hit paid tribute to her hometown. At one point or another, Kofifi was home to musician Hugh Masekela, writers like Don Mattera and Can Themba, and even Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once lived there. The history was almost lost when the black and coloured residents of Sophiatown were illegally removed by the apartheid government between 1955 and 1959.
 
If you've always loved the story of Sophiatown and how it inspired its residents, this is your chance to experience it for yourself at The Carousel in Hammanskraal. Kofifi Movement will recreate the full Sophiatown feel with music, fashion, modes of transport and many more. It'll be just like the snapshots you've seen, only this time you'll be in the picture.
 
Kofifi facts
The first South African musical to travel internationally was King Kong, based on a Kofifi legend who was a boxer. It starred the likes of Mama Africa, the Manhattan Brothers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kippie Moeketsi and many other jazz legends.
Big-name writers of Kofifi, in addition to those already mentioned, included Todd Matshikiza, Nat Nakase, Es'kia Mphahlele and Lewis Nkosi.
The original Drum magazine had strong ties to Kofifi and the 2004 film based on the magazine's history was largely set in Sophiatown.
Kofifi is considered by many as the birthplace of South African jazz.
Kwela music, identifiable by the penny whistle, was also popular in Kofifi, but you probably best know it from songs like Mango Groove's Special Star or the band Kwela Tebza.
Tsotsitaal was born in the townships of greater Gauteng, and was a popular means of expression in Kofifi.
Are you in the mood for history, culture and fun all rolled into one package? Be sure to book your place for Kofifi Entertainment. Dust off your outfits and brush up on your kofifi dance moves because this one event you don't want to miss.
Doors open at 18:00 and refreshments to be sold at the venue
 
Venue:
The Carousel Casino Nickelodeon
 
Date:
28 October 2017
 
Tickets available at R120  from www.ticketpros.co.zaand also at these outlets ( Edgars, Jet, Jet Mart, CNA, Choppies and Postnet) and R150 at the door.
 
For all media related queries contact:
Gugu on  info.kofifi@gmail.com
082 734 2325