The stage is set for Afrique mon désir!

FEBRUARY 4, 2019

The popular world music production Afrique mon désir, performed by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir Ensemble and directed by David Kramer will be staged at the beautiful Cascade Country Manor in Paarl on Saturday 16 February. Treat your romantic other half or bring your friends for a lovely concert at the stylish manor`s romantic and beautiful outdoors setting. Enjoy a picnic (book separately), while listening to mesmerizing poetry set to music as the Drakenstein mountains blush in the light of the setting sun.

In Afrique mon desir, Hofmeyr, well known for setting poetry to music, combines exhilarating rhythms with beautiful Francophone poetry from as far as Madagascar to Mauritania and Cameroon to Cape Town whilst exploring haunting themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa.

Presented by the Cape Town Music Academy*, this world class production debuted in 2018 at the US Woordfees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), where it received nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production. Afrique mon désir has also been nominated for a kykNET Fiëstas Award 2019 in the category for Best Musical Theatre Production.

Vicky Davis, programme manager at Cape Town Music Academy says: “What makes this show special is that it is musically and visually quite spectacular. A selection of Africa`s most renowned poetry is put to exciting world music rhythms and energetic dance routines and performed by an ensemble of some of SA`s most talented musicians and West African singers. With the combined forces of David Kramer as director, Schalk Joubert as musical director and the mesmerising compositions of the very talented Laurinda Hofmeyr, you cannot expect anything less than something extraordinary.”

An album with the same title was released in May 2018. It was picked up for international distribution by the French music label, In Ouïe. Physical copies of the album will be available at the show and can also be ordered via Laurinda Hofmeyr`s website:

Tickets are R245 from

Picnics can be booked through 

Licensed bar – own alcohol not allowed.

Concert is for all ages.

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Don’t miss out on this fantastic show! “It’s the rhythms that underline the words, the coming together of musicians who embrace the other’s beat and poetry that speaks from the heart and soul of the continent. It’s Africa my desire.” Journalist Diane de Beer.

*The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) is a not for profit company (NPC) that seeks to create opportunities for local, established and emerging musicians and related artists in the Western Cape. The objective of the CTMA is to conduct a public benefit activity which creates programmes and projects for the promotion of the work of local musicians, and the development of career opportunities in the South African music industry.

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