A weekend-long celebration of food, music, art and drink.
African foods are bountiful and diverse. African culture encompassed food as a part of its traditions and way of life not only as a source of nutrition but also as a source of medicine to heal common ailments and seek favour from God through offerings.
Our April dinner is presented in conjunction with CB Food Kitchen, a Hillbrow based kitchen and restaurant.
The dinner is also inspired and influenced by Yemisi Aribisala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds – a collection of 40 essays exploring Nigeria’s food culture, politics, folklore, sexuality and more.
Longthroat Memoirs presents a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer. As well as a mouth-watering appraisal of the cultural politics and erotics of Nigerian cuisine, it is also a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. From innovations in soup, fish as an aphrodisiac and the powerful seductions of the yam, Longthroat Memoirs examines the complexities, the peculiarities, the meticulousness, and the tactility of Nigerian food.
Nigeria has a strong culture of oral storytelling, of myth creation, of imaginative traversing of worlds. Longthroat Memoirs collates some of those stories into an irresistible soup-pot, expressed in the flawless love language of appetite and nourishment.
A sensuous testament on why, when and how Nigerians eat the food they love to eat; this book is a welcome addition to the global dining table of ideas.
m e n u
soup, prepared with melon seeds, it is luscious and full of flavour.
egusi seeds / beef and shaki (cow tripe) / pumpkin leaves, spinach or bitter leaves /
chicken / cow feet /assorted meats
okra / shaki (cow tripe) / fish / pumpkin leaves / spinach
cocktails / black label / castle lager / castle lite / soft drinks / fruit juice
*vegan, and vegetarian options available upon request
thursday, april 26
7:00pm – 10:00pm
5101 Ponte City Apartments, Berea
in conjunction with His & Hers Jams
an ode to Sarafina
His & Hers Jams bring together 3 bands that need no introduction as witnesses to the fitness of the stage. With our freedom in flux, this party is a celebration of 24 years of the promise of freedom coming tomorrow. In the same vein, these bands owe us albums and performance thus the ode of freedom coming tomorrow
Motèl Mari are João Orecchia, Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba.
Shortly after landing in Johannesburg in 2004, Orecchia, a Brooklyn born and schooled wanderer, who wound up in Berlin as a teenager messing with experimental punk before moving years later to South Africa, heard some talk about a psychedelic afro-rock outfit called BLK JKS. They became fast friends and have been working together on projects ever since.
Mpumi and Tshepang (guitar and drums respectively) contributed to João’s 2009 album, Hands & Feet, and would often join him on stage, adding thunderous beats and general bigness to the otherwise textural and floating soundscapes. Slowly they started becoming a band.
the brother moves on
Self-proclaimed art movement The Brother Moves On is an ever-evolving performance art collective founded by Nkululeko Mthembu and his brother Siyabonga Mthembu. Determined to belie any one definition, the collective’s work is often deliberately improvised and unpredictable. Collaboration drives the collective, which strives to undermine the traditional authority of individual artist practice and ownership.
Long-term members of the collective include Siyabonga Mthembu, Zelizwe Mthembu, Ayanda Zalekile, Simphiwe Tshabalala, Oscar Kgware, Itani Thalefi, Hlubi Vhakalise, Malcolm Jiyane ,Raytheon Orion, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Stuart Cairns but membership is constantly fluctuating and transient.
The Brother’s sound is a tradition-trouncing, trans-Atlantic Afro-centric, the futuristically ancient fusion that jackknifes between off-world spectral dub-metal, hyper-rhythmic rock psychedelia, indie-township and Astro-afro-free-jazz.
urban village music
Urban Village is a four-piece band whose sound is fused with urban and rural influences based on society’s daily survival, struggles and joys. It was founded in March 2014 by Lerato, Lichaba. The band is made up of young, self-taught and experiential artists from Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa. The Urban Village sound can be described as South African folk music coupled with electric, funky acoustic melodies and a blend of traditional influences. The Urban Village music encourages and motivates, entertains and awakens cultural and traditional consciousness. Moreover, the music content encapsulates day-to-day personal and societal experiences echoed with teachings by the elderly.
friday, april 27
7:00pm – until until
the goodluck bar
A 2-day intimate festival celebrating the local food and music scene
It’s coming together to support our own. It’s raising our glasses in celebration of what is cultivated each and every day in this city. The energy, the creativity, the talent, the people who make this place what it is.
26/04 – Shuttle service between Braamfontein & Ponte City Apartments; House Beers & Juice and a Dlala Nje Tour of Ponte City,
27/04 – Freedom Day Concert with His & Hers Jams featuring The Brother Moves On, Motel Mari & Urban Village Music