Presenter: Valmont Layne, ICGC Visiting Scholar
University of the Western Cape
Abstract: In contemporary Cape Town, a thriving jazz culture amplifies South Africa’s complex story. How does Cape Town sound as an instance of the 'sonic postapartheid?' How is this sonic culture expressed in performance, writing, or dance? The city occupies a unique position in South Africa as its colonial 'mother city' and as a node in a network of port cities in the Indian and Atlantic oceans. These profiles also offer clues to understanding the contradictions that continue to beset the city and its 'hinterland.' As such, Cape Town has witnessed the global traffic in commodities, ideas and bodies that underpinned colonial empire, and has become a hub for the growth of global jazz. Can an exploration of jazz aesthetics bring bring fresh perspectives to the challenge of rebuilding a future that does not repeat the inherited tropes of the colonial and apartheid past?