Voorkamerfest 2013 Performers

21 exciting acts...

Anele  Mhlahlo

Anele  Mhlahlo 21 years old was born in cape town, grew up in Hout Bay Imizamo Yethu and matriculated at Camps Bay high school. He is currently working towards his  Fellowship through Trinity College of Music London, studying with Prof Jack de Wet.

He began playing the violin at the age of 12 in 2004, at the Hout Bay Music Project. 2007 was a major high light. He spent  the year studying with Marc Uys (first violinist of Sontonga string Quartet, Cape Town) preparing for acceptance by Marc’s former  teacher  Prof  Jack de Wet prior to Marc’s emigrating to New York. During this year he was also the concert master of MIAGI(Music is a great investment) youth orchestra, although only  15 years was the youngest-ever concert master . In 2008 he passed a successful audition and  became a full time pupil of Prof Jack de Wet.

Anele has performed as a soloist with Hout Bay Music Project, Cape  Philharmonic  orchestra  and world renown musicians violinist Philippe Graffin, Maestro Benjamin Zander (Chief conducter of Boston Philharmonic orchestra),David Juritz(concert master of London Mozart Players), Maestro Conrad van Alphen.  He has received master classes from Maxim Vengerov,Daniel Rowland and Philippe Graffin.

Anele plays a fine 18th century French violin bought for him by the David Graff foundation and MIAGI.



Barry van Zyl & Daniel Bloem

Two musicians performing and talking A rhythmic journey around the planet. Interactive and fun. Dynamic and Melodic. Exciting new compositions and exhilarating performances. Cultural influences Southern Africa,Holland,Indonesia,China,Italy,Caribbean,Brasil,West Africa. Purpose To have fun with drums and grooves, and to tap into rhythm and movement in music and life. Everyone has this. Naturally encoded The rhythms of the seasons, oceans, the human body. Cities and freeways to beaches and forests. Rhythm is universal. A performance and workshop aimed at: School Music departments (junior and high) University Music Departments Cultural centers The corporate sector for inspiration and team building Concerts and festivals.



The Cape Celtic Dance Company

The Cape Celtic Dance Company was established 5 years ago by teacher and choreographer
Lindy Raizenberg.  The company has provided an outlet for young Irish dancers to step into the semi-professional arena of Irish show dancing.

All members both, male and female compete in Irish feisianna or competitions, at regional, national and international levels.  Each dancer’s goal is to qualify and dance at the Oireachtas Rince na Ruinne, the World Irish Dance Championships held annually across the United Kingdom, and most recently in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The dancers’ dedication and commitment to their art form is evident in their passionate drive to better themselves in this disciplined, infectious and addictive dance discipline. The performance will present an overview of the exciting world of Irish dance as well as highlight the differences between competitive and show dancing.  Irish music from the traditional foot-tapping reels to the inspiring music by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan will transport the audience into the world of rhythm and dance.


Dizu Plaatjies

Dizu Plaatjies is the founder and former leader of the South African group, Amampondo. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town School of Music and now lectures in their Department of Ethnomusicology in African Music. Since leaving Amampondo he has started a new ensemble called Ibuyambo. Dizu and the new group have presented numerous shows in a number of European countries, and perform regularly in South Africa.
Plaatjies is the son of an African traditional healer and late lady teacher Ntombiza, has himself been initiated in the Xhosa/Pondo tribal tradition. His interest in African percussion music has taken him to numerous countries on the continent with the result that he now owns a substantial collection of handmade musical instruments from sub-Saharan Africa. His latest recordings made for the label Mountain Records, entitled, Ibuyambo (2005) and African Kings (2008), illustrate this knowledge and interest.



Jori Snell

Jori Snell is a physical performing-artist and director from Holland/Denmark (1972), and the founder of Baba Yaga Theatre.
Educated at Institutet för Scenkonst in Italy and Nordisk Teaterskole in Denmark.
Since 1998 she works as a freelance performer and educator in Europe and is Cape Town based since 2008. Companies she has worked with or is affiliated to are: Odin Teatret (Denmark), Corona la Balance (Denmark), Panthéâtre (affiliated to Roy Hart Theatre, France). In South Africa she has worked with companies such as FTH:K (Performer in ‘Quack’), Ubom! (Director of ‘Door’ in 2011), Remix Dance Company, (Director of ‘Skin’ 2012), and has taught at the Drama & Dance Departments of Cape Town and Rhodes, as well as many other institutions.
Her solo-productions: ‘Inua’ and ‘Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar’ have been presented at national festivals and toured internationally (Denmark, Colombia, and soon in Argentina/Uruguay) and have been the recipient of several awards.
Baba Yaga Theatre combines physical theatre with fairytales, myth, poetry, use of objects, and the creation of magic visual pictures.



Louise Howlett (Soprano) & Albert Combrink (Pianist & Musical Director)
presents "Moonlight Serenade"

Well known soprano Louise Howlett and pianist/presenter Albert Combrink present journey of love, lost and found in the night. Moonlight Serenade features favourite songs of the night from opera, classical and musicals genres. Titles include Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’, Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras #5", Lloyd Webber’s ‘Music of the Night’ and Howard’s ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and many more, including tracks from their CD Night Sessions. The duo have built up a reputation for bridging the gap between classical music and popular audiences, and in their programmes, Schoenberg and Sondheim stand side by side.



Marji Geldenhuys

Storyteller/Heritage Activist

Marji’s story is a celebration of diversity. For many years she had worked in the banking industry. Currently she manages a wellness centre. And in between these vastly divergent professional pathways she has acted in a local TV series (Fishy Fêshuns) and a Dutch TV series (Stellenbosch) done the odd TV commercial (Lifelong Learning), performed on stage (Kanna Hy Kô Hystoe) and helped put together Africa’s biggest public television showcase, INPUT.
Launched at The Cape Town Arts Festival 2007, Marji researched, developed and produced “Hotnotes from the Hoerikwaggo” the story of the origins and enslavement of the Cape’s indigenous people. Playing the guitar and harmonica she punctuates her impressive oral rendition with traditional Cape folk songs.
 It is a journey crafted with sensitivity, skill and flair in good old-fashioned ‘Capey’ entertainment style.
 She has packed houses at Intimate Theatre, Kalk Bay Theatre, the annual Voorkamerfest in Darling, performed at the Baxter storytelling festival, a local food and wine festival, local restaurants and huiskonserte throughout the Cape Peninsula. In 2010, she performed on the island of Kristiansund in Norway.. Presently she entertains tourists in Cape Town as part of their cultural experience.



Matzer Theater Producties
presents Punishment

She was beside herself! She felt furious! Bewildered! Powerless...! She could never have thought that at her age she 'd still be prey to such strong emotions. It was not in her nature, Vera's. Never had been. But apparently the limit had been reached, a boundary overstepped. This was it. Enough is enough.

How does it feel if the punishment meted out does not fit the crime? One spring day in 1998 Vera finds herself facing that dilemma. It's a cold day, the sun is shining and the daffodils are dancing.

Written and performed by master storyteller Peter De Graef, who also performed Sweet Revenge dureing the 2009 edition of Voorkamerfest. Straf had its opening night in 2011 in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix. During earlier editions of Voorkamerfest other MATZER productions were Sweet Revenge, 111, The red shoes and Augustus.

‘Sweet Revenge, a brilliant one-man play by Peter De Graef, an award-winning Dutch actor. This was our favourite on a day of excellent shows!’ (www.backtosa.com)

Written and performed by Peter De Graef
Directed by Madeleine Matzer
Music composed by Helge Slikker
Technical design by Job Jutten
Costume-design by Ilse Vermeulen
Styling by Saskia van der Linden
Translated into English by Hans Matzer




Written and Directed by: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, from a story by Nicholas Ellenbogen of ‘Theatre For Africa.”

When you fly all over Africa, you will see huge stone circles that used to be the home of our ancestors. Deep in the forests and out in the open plains, you will see dead rotten meat and bones turning to white powder. But, you will never see the tusks; the elephant is still paying back its debt to men.

“MEMORY,” tells a story about why  Man kills the elephant.


Micheal Kudakwashe

Micheal Kudakwashe is a comedian, actor,mc,voiceover artist....therefore unemployed.. has been in the business for 14 loooong yrs, has traveled as far afield as scotland 2006, vermont USA 2009 and has been a participant/actor in the HARARE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS for 12yrs.....


Miss Molly & Me

Miss Molly & Me is doing well, very well! This duo’s moving on. Two and a half year ago they appeared out of the blue with their debut album ‘Rewind and say hello’. Last year they played over 30 concerts in theaters throughout The Netherlands, were invited to the biggest Dutch talkshow ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ en they we’re support act for the Dutch international pop-band ‘Moke’.

Beauty lies in the details, the everyday, you usually pass by. Until someone reminds you of it. Such a singer-songwriter is Helge Slikker, known for his band ‘Storybox’ and his award for Best Musical Score for the movie ‘Kauwboy’. And singer and actress Marlijn Weerdenburg is just like that. LINDA. Magazine was charmed by their enthousiasm and songs and adapted them as monthly musical collumnists.

Influenced by artists like Cash & Carter, Sufjan Stevens and the Beatles each song is a chapter, a dream, an adoration, a fear, an adventure. Miss Molly & Me stands for authentic acoustic music accompanied by harmonious vocals and subtle humor. As where Helge is the modest musician, Marlijn appears to be the femme vocale that draws the audience without hesitation into the world of Miss Molly & Me.

2013 is all bout their trips around the world (New York, Rome, Milan, Florence, Cape Town and Darling), a theatre production, a new album and a new exciting Dutch tour across the country. You can’t really miss them, if you’ve got eyes and ears!



Emile Yx? with Mixed Mense

Mixed Mense is a practical performance Hip Hop school that Emile YX? started with kids from Heal the Hood Project and Shaquile Southgate who have been working with from Lavender Hill for the last 8 years. Stefan aka B-boy Mouse and Leroy Phillips aka B-boy Malis have been teaching for Heal the Hood Project in various communities.

Last year Emile assisted the British Council by sharing a concept called “Mixing it Up”. The idea was to combine Hip Hop culture dance styles with local dance styles and music like Zulu traditional, Namastap, S’bujwa, Gumboot, Pantsula and others. Prior to sharing this concept for the play, Emile had run a website called “Mixed Mense” that dealt with the search for identity and sense of self-worth among the positive s-called coloured community. The site showed that if all people came from Africa, then we are all African and that RACE IS AN ILLUSION, but in South Africa the impact Apartheid’s racism still stereotypes races according the lies of its time. The only way to change this is to learn about each other and see that we are more similar than different. This is the learning process that I am taking these youths through in a way of healing their heads about themselves. I have taught them the skills of rapping and break-dancing, now I wish heal their heads and become confident men.   



Mr Cat & the Jackal

"The unputdownable band, Mr Cat & the Jackal is taking a break from recording, inventing, writing, staging and touring to go back to their small town roots. Over the years, the warmth and heartiness of the more intimate shows in smaller boondocks have made the misplaced musicians long for the friends they never had. Therefore they have decided to rework some songs, rewrite a set and reset their course for an all out, all in small scale 3-piece Winter Tour. Fire, red wine and story telling will be ever present in Darling territory designed for heart, head and ears. "



Nathan Trantraal

Nathan Trantraal was born in Cape Town in 1983. He made ​​his debut in 2003 with his brother, Andre,with their first comic strip, Urban Tribe, for the Cape Argus. In 2008 Tafelberg published the graphic novel Stormkaap: Drome kom altyd andersom uit.. Then Jincom publishers published Coloureds. Currently he writes the weekly strip The Richenbaums for the Cape Times. Chokers and survivors is Nathan's debut book of poetry.



Ottoman Slap

"Ottoman Slap Band"
Cape towns Original Middle Eastern Gypsy Fusion Band!

Ottoman Slap brings you original sounds evoking a rich span of moods ranging from the sultry depths of the Middle East to the meandering slopes of the Balkan hills.
This five-piece troupe recently sprung from the Capetonian creative woodwork at last year's Rocking the Daisies and boasts a horde of delights: 

Raoul Spiegel: saxaphone, flute, saw
James van Minnen: middle eastern percussion, drums, mandolin
Raoul Smorenburg: accordion
Callan Wolff: double bass
Marissa Cuenoud: percussion and dance



Pieter Bosch Botha
Fully Committed

Fresh from a hugely successful run in Johannesburg’s Theatre on the Square, PIETER BOSCH BOTHA returns to Cape Town to play 36 characters in Becky Mode’s Off-Broadway hit comedy show, “Fully Committed”. Having received rave reviews in Cape Town, Johannesburg and originally New York, including the NY Times, and listed as one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 plays of 2000, this is a hilarious look behind the scenes of a fictional five star restaurant. This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Cooper, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Cape Town's number one restaurant. Desperate callers will stop at nothing, coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics, in their zeal to land a prime reservation. Meanwhile absentee managers, an oversexed maître d’ and the celebrity chef from hell threaten to drive Sam over the edge. One restaurant, one actor, 36 characters, and over 200 character changes. Award-winning Director, MEGAN FURNISS, and Bosch Botha have cleverly localized the story in a way that never seems forced and adds new layers of comedy.



Schalk Joubert & Ronan Skillen
The Ancient Asian Agents

Two of South Africa's most sought after and diverse musicians team up for a very unique experience in rhythm and sound.
Bassist/composer Schalk Joubert has travelled and performed all over the world. He has toured with numerous artists ranging from well-known American rock musicians in the USA, Australia and Europe to headlining world music and jazz festivals with his own groups in places like Europe, Borneo and Malaysia.
Irish born Ronan Skillen has studied percussion in Africa, India and Australia and has worked with artists ranging from Rodriguez, Johnny Clegg to Babu and various European jazz and world music groups.
What unites them is their unique and creative approaches to their instruments that results in a sonic and rhythmic experience that seems impossible to believe that it is organically created by only the two people in front your eyes.


My Space


Shimmy Isaacs

“Howzit my Bra” is a biographical comedy story that explores the life and development of Shimmy Isaacs from tomboy girl to becoming a woman. Sponsors Revlon and Cancervive organization wanted to find a unique, different and entertaining way to spread the message that with early detection and treatment, the chances of survival for breast cancer are 95%.

“Howzit my Bra!” is being taken across the country sending audiences on a roller coaster journey of emotions that mirrors the process that the brave women fighting breast cancer go through. With her incredible artistic flair that’s fuelled by her passion for the cause, Shimmy Isaacs makes you laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh.



Wil van der Meer

Hearing the name Noël Coward, some of us will immediately think about the witty and stylish comedies he wrote for the theatre.

However, few will know that he wrote also more than 500 songs.
Sir Noël Coward was an artistic centipede and as he said about himself, ‘A talent to Amuse’.
Through the eyes of the fictitious character of his butler, we loosely learn more about this outstanding author.

Who was this remarkable figure putting the landscape of the British theatre in the last century upside down? Never before a theatre had performer reached such a state of celebrity. In fact he was The Beatles of his time.

Together with his pianist Hilmar Leujes, the actor/singer Wil van der Meer made a selection of these evergreens and will get you acquainted with these sometimes hilarious songs.


Zanne Stapelberg & Philippus Hugo

Zanne Stapelberg is one of South Africa’s most prolifically talented and engaging artists. She sang her first lead role in a opera at age 22. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music. She has not only sang in numerous opera’s but has collaborated with artists like Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Mandoza,Karen Zoid, Sibongile Khumalo, Melanie Scholtz and Elvis Blue.

In 2012 she released the album, Soul of Fire, with acclaimed New York based pianist, Kathleen Tagg. Being in demand all around South Africa, Zanne travels frequently and therefore decided to name the production for the Darling fest ‘Yes! Good to go….!!!’ Philippus Hugo will be her accompanist on piano. After obtaining his M.Mus degree, Philippus focused his talent on accompanying. He is regularly performing all around South Africa as piano Accompanist for festivals and Classical Music Competitions. He has performed as guest accompanist in Maputo at the International Maputo Music Festival where he performed with American opera singers.

In 2012 Philippus performed at the Harare International music fest. He is currently resident accompanist at the Conservatorium at US. He and Zanne have been working together for the past 5 years and for ‘Yes! Good to go…!!!’ they compiled a programme that will include well known opera arias and more light classical songs. The variety of songs will take the audience from a tear to a big smile on their faces. The zeal with which Zanne approaches her performances proves that she does not see her craft as a job or calling- it is far more than that- her passion for performance is the essential ingredient in her life. Together with Philippus their performance will be exhilarating, exciting and memorable!!!!!


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