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South Africa, What’s Up? | Peep the Line Up of Local Artists Performing at Antigel Festival

The Antigel Festival in Geneva, Switzerland kicks off on Friday, 29 January. This 17 day affair runs until 14 February and boasts an array of concerts, dance and sports shows, parties and more. For the first ever South Africa, What’s Up? programme, Antigel partnered with Shap Shap to curate an all local stage that will share SA flavour with international fest-goers.

Shap Shap is a new project platform initiated by Mélanie Rouquier, a performing art producer based in Geneva, Switzerland. The NPO is aimed at exploring encounters, the circulation of people, mutual inspiration, cooperation, inventiveness, sharing of experience and resources. She says that it’s about creativity, empowerment, politics, equal rights regardless of race and gender, social development, activism through the art, whatever the medium: performing and visual art, music, writing, photography. It’s about knowledge and consciousness. Mélanie has spent extended stints in South Africa working with contemporary dancers on productions. Her intention behind curating the South Africa, What’s Up? programme was to share the South African experience with Swiss audiences for the first time. 

The local line up features big-name headliners as well as up-and-coming artists and performers.

Friday, 29 February

Mamela Nyamza and Nelisiwe Xaba’s The Last Attitude

The Last Attitude is a sharp and humorous performance depicting the damage that classical dancing has on the body and mind. With robotic gestures the duo mimic ballet movements and figures, revealing the ordinary underlying racism in the world of ballet.


Wednesday, 3 February

Spoek Mathambo’s future sounds

Spoek Mathambo is a multifaceted artist who Antigel rightly describes as “a Titan on the South African scene”. After an opening performance by Swiss hip-hop act Ben Sharpa & RIP!, he’ll take the stage to showcase his unique and futuristic blend of hip-hop, township tech, electro and rock.

Spoek Mathambo Band Photo

The world premiere of Thami Manekehla’s new production

Thami Manekehla is a socially conscious artist whose thoughtful performance piece, A good place for no tourists nor locals, raises questions around the rate of crime and social injustice plaguing South Africa.


Thursday and Friday, 4-5 Februrary

Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza’s Influences of a closet chant

Naked and made up like a Sangoma, Albert Khoza explores the meandering paths of otherness touching on themes of sexuality, religion and uprooting. This performance summons the audience into an incantatory ritual, a place untouched by the world that so often generalises and marginalises.


Friday, 6 February

Deep house maestro Black Coffee

DJ Black Coffee is a firm favourite in South Africa, as well as a key figure in the global house scene. Now, he’s taking his minimal, sexy and innovative sound to Antigel.


Nozinja: make a joyful noise

The pioneer of Shangaan Electro, Nozinja combines tsonga disco, dub and cheap electronic patterns into a sound that’s impossible to stand still to.


Afro-house 2.0 with Culoe De Song

Having collaborated with the likes of Louie Vega and Rocco, Culoe De Song’s sophisticated, Afro-tinted, and delicately textured productions form a refined brand of techno.


Prolific producer Card On Spokes

Prominent Cape Town producer and up-and-coming artist Card On Spokes has a wonderfully entertaining sound that brings together striking bass lines and aggressive electro.

Along with his treasured Rhodes keyboard, musician Shane Cooper took some time after getting back the previous evening from performing in Switzerland, to pose for some portraits in his Woodstock home, Cape Town - 4 August 2015.

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