Relive vibrant Sophiatown with Kofifi Movement at The Carousel

Relive vibrant Sophiatown with Kofifi Movement at The Carousel this month


Take a nostalgic journey back in time to relive the sights and sounds of Sophiatown with the Kofifi Movement at The Carousel this month. The vibrant event, featuring Kofifi-inspired music and entertainment, will take place on 30 June 2018 in commemoration of Youth Month. The Carousel’s Nickelodeon will be transformed into cultural hub by the Kofifi Movement to be enjoyed by lovers of this bygone era.

The Kofifi Movement sets the scene: “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.”

According to Lameez Suliman, the PR and Promotions Manager at The Carousel, the event is a celebration of those who lived during the height of apartheid.

While the regime tried to restrict them, 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.

“The 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,” says Suliman.

Tickets available to the Kofifi event at The Carousel are R150 per person from Ticketpros.co.za and at Edgars, Jet, Jet Mart, CNA, Choppies and Postnet. Tickets will also be available at the door for R170. Doors open at 18h00 and refreshments to be sold at the venue

Some interesting facts about Kofifi:

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.

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.

For more information visit www.kofifientertainment.co.za or call 082 511 6037 / 082 734 2325

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