28 August 2012

JOMBA! CITY 2012 – General Press Release


31 August: 6pm
Beachfront Skate Park

Following on from the 2011 success of taking dance and art to the city centre, the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience hosts its second collaboration with eThekwini Municipality with a soulful seaside street party on the 31 August at the Beach front Skate Park (next to Minitown). Commencing at 6pm this mix of dance, live bands, markets, food and art in the park, is family friendly and a beautiful way of taking back Durban’s beach front for the arts! One of the few events taking place outside of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the JOMBA! Citysite-specific programme is one of the many highlights in this year’s JOMBA! festival, which is supported with principal funding by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Surf, sea, skateboarders whizzing by, and the night of a full moon; the sound of a cello against the rip of the wave, a hip-hop beat as dancers move to the ancient rhythms of the tides. Breakdancers shift between light and video while a kathak storyteller spins into madness. JOMBA! City promises performances that shake our foundations; beautiful, edgy and very, very eThekwini!

The programme includes special Reunion Island guests and musicians Lindigo who have collaborated with street dancers from Katlehong to create a celebratory connection between South African dance and Reunion music. Lindigo gives a sound and taste of Maloya power spiced with its Reunion Indian/African and Madagascan origins. Maloya music, with its history of slaves lament, is transcended through modern rhythms, songs, and modern sounds. All of this is placed alongside our own pantsula and neo-traditional dances such as gumboot and Step, creating, what this group likes to call, a new style “Mogaba”. This musical dance revelry mixes two strong legacies of African history and will delight audiences of all ages!

Sifiso Majola and the Vuka Drummers have each crafted special works for the event. Majola’s “Being after not Being” is a lyrical dance work created with the FLATFOOT Youth Training Company that sees 30 dancers celebrating cultural collaboration, while the Stomp Drummers performed by Vuka Drummers is a spectacular celebration of the power of rhythm and dance. Other special guests  include Nateshwar Dance Academy in a display of colour and luminescent Kathak rhythms, and Durban’s internationally acclaimed 031 Floor Assassins break dance crew.

Iain ewok Robinson is JOMBA! City’s host and alongside him some of Durban’s freshest slam poets offer their rhymes into the night; catch Page Ngwenya, Tumelo Khoza and Dashen Naicker amongst others.

Investing unique musical magic to this year’s JOMBA! City are the bands Fruits & Veggies and BLK JKS. Afro avant noise rock band BLK JKS, with their wrecking rhythm section, refined vocals, and a guitar concoction of one part shred and two parts soul, shoot an African music sensibility through the tenets of their rock. Hailing from Joburg, BLK JKS's fresh, forward rhythm, layered harmony and elliptical guitar vernacular reveal the urban Zulu blues of Mbaqanga at the centre of their songwriting. Local Durbanites, Fruits & Veggies are an eclectic band of madness. Playing their version of afro punk ska, lead singer Purity Mkhize sings and wails with infectious allure. They are a one of a kind band, solid songs, a scathing attitude towards conventions, a blistering stage presence and a really deep commitment to living life to the full.

JOMBA! City is an artistic re-engagement with our beautiful beachfront, and a re-purposing and re-contextualising of the environment. However, tying directly into the functionality of the Skatepark, the evening kicks off with a BMX and skateboard best trick competition. Entry to the competition is free and you can do so by either sending your details to jomba.skate@gmail.com or by signing up at the Skate Store. There is R3000 prize money up for grabs in three categories, BMX, skate and a wild card prize to be disclosed on the night, as well as giveaways from DC shoes who will be presenting the competition.

Meanwhile, the sea-spray will mingle with the paint-spray as six of Durbans top aerosol artists compete in a Graffiti competition for a cash prize of R2000.  With no rules other then keeping it clean each artist has been allocated a canvas and some cans to come up with the freshest aerosol artwork at the event and claim the cash and the fame.

The popular “I heart market” will be on site, selling their unique local made crafts, gifts, clothing and tasty treats to stay sustained for what is set to be the outdoor art and dance event of the year for Durban!

Tickets are R50 and available through Computicket. Jomba! City starts at 6pm on August 31. Visit www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or call 031-2602506 for details about the full JOMBA! festival programmes.


Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), HIVOS, City of Durban, and The France South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.


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