- R500 Women’s Day Festival
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”– Nancy Rathburn
On Women’s Day we celebrate being powerful and positive. Come and join us as art journalist, Amanda Botha interviews Dr Susan Vosloo on her life as the first female South African heart surgeon and being a mother and powerful women. We delight in heart-warming food prepared by Cythia Fernandes from the Celebration Café, while artists’ Simangele (Sima) Mashazi and Luna Paige entertain us with their musical talents.
We would like to thank our special sponsors for this event, The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) in providing the opportunity to listen to Luna Paige and Sima Mashazi.
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. The CTMA primarily focuses on contemporary music and strives to provide support by creating performance and recording opportunities, educational and skills development programmes and international exchange initiatives of deserving musicians. For more information please visit their website on http://ctma.co.za/
Dr Susan Vosloo qualified as a heart surgeon in the late 1980’s, after completing her training at Groote Schuur hospital. At the age of 33, Dr Vosloo performed her first heart transplant.
Dr Vosloo believes that while most people see surgery as cutting away or cutting out, it is really more focused on making connections. As a child, Dr Vosloo made most of her own clothes, and this is where she developed her stitching skills.
For the greater part of her career, Dr Vosloo has focused on paediatric heart surgery. She is based in Cape Town, at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.
Sima Mashazi is a vibrant and talented singer/songwriter, originally from Kwazulu Natal, now based in Stellenbosch. The pure and rich quality of her voice and her warm, engaging personality are enchanting. The ease with which she moves between genres and diverse audiences is her signature. She views music as a medium with no boundaries and through her music she tells her stories and those of our shared human experiences. Her expansive repertoire includes Jazz standards, Pop, RnB and various South African genres to which she adds her vibrant personality. She embraces the diversity that comes with being South African by performing in several of our official languages, e.g. Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Sotho”. It’s therefore not unusual to find Miriam Makeba’s “Click Song”, and “Meadowlands” rubbing shoulders with Holzhausen’s “Transkaroo” and Sonja Herhold’s “Ek Verlang Na Jou” in one set.
Over the years, Sima has achieved various milestones and has enjoyed sharing the stage with some amazing artists such as Gloria Bosman, Amanda Strydom and Sibongile Khumalo, to name a few. She also featured on Koos Kombuis’s album, Dertien, singing a tribute song to Nelson Mandela. Some of the highlights of her career include performing in the 2010 Gospel Skouspel at the Grandwest Arena, performing at the international Jazz Festival in 2016 with the Ramon Alexander Quartet and being part of the Anton Goosen Tribute shows both at the Stellenbosch Woordfees and live on RSG in 2016. She played the leading role in Mama Africa – The Musical (2016-2017), which tells the life story of the iconic Miriam Makeba. The show, which introduced Sima as an actress, enjoyed great reviews locally and internationally and has broadened the scope of Sima’s artistic abilities. This led to her own prodcutcion that debuted at Woordfees 2018 which enjoyed equal success and attained a nomination at the WoordTROfees ( Woordfees awards). She released two singles in 2017, the quirky “Bashadile” and the more personal and soulful “I Still Miss You”. You can be sure that we’ll be hearing much more form this amazing artist!
Luna Paige is a singer-songwriter with 5 solo albums, 2 compilation albums and various singles behind her name. Her latest collaborative album titled Korreltjie Kantel was nominated as one of 5 Best Afrikaans Contemporary Albums at the annual SAMA awards 2018. Her album Storielied secured her 3 trips to the Netherlands where she performed at the Festival voor het Afrikaans, the International Singer Songwriter Festival and Die Zuid-Afrikaanse Dagen & Harlekijn Festival presented by international Dutch artist Herman van Veen. She has performed at most major South African arts and music festivals and her songs are regularly heard on national and community radio stations. Luna also acts as producer and production manager in her 3 year old production company, Iluminar Productions – that specializes in music production development, artist development, education of the youth, brand placement and events management. In 2018 and 2019 she can be seen in productions Korreltjie Kantel and Her Blues. www.lunapaige.com
Journalist, documentary film director and author of publications on Ballet, Art and Literature
Amanda Elizabeth Botha was born on 17 July 1943 in Johannesburg. She grew up in Cape Town, matriculated from the Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck and studied at Stellenbosch University.
Amanda started her career as a journalist at Die Burger in 1967. Before her freelancing career she worked for Beeld in Johannesburg and later acted as Cape representative for the Johannesburg based newspaper Die Transvaler.
She joined Capab Drama and worked with theatre directors such as Athol Fugard, Dieter Reible, Peter Kleinschmidt, Mavis Taylor, Robert Mohr, Francois Swart, Truida Louw and Pieter Fourie. In 1971 she joined the company of The Space Theatre and worked closely with Fugard, Yvonne Bryceland and Pieter-Dirk Uys. She also joined Chris Pretorius and others to form The Glass Theatre for experimental theatre productions. Amanda joined Capab Opera in 1983 and worked closely with Murray Dickie in the South African premiéres of Wagner and Strauss operas.
She wrote numerous articles on the performing art, especially opera and ballet for both local and international publications. In 1988 Human & Rousseau published her biography on prima ballerina absulutta, Phyllis Spira, complimented with a forward by Margot Fonteyn. She acted for many years as contributing editor to international publications such as Dance and Dancer and World of Ballet and Dance in London and contributed to the New York published book Opera Companies of the World and to the St James Dictionary of Composers.
Amanda has been involved with the visual arts since 1972. She has published extensively on art and artists in South Africa. She has also acted as guest curator for the US Sasol Art Gallery in Stellenbosch and presented retrospective exhibition on the work of Sheila Cussons (2002), Marjorie Wallace (2003) – both for Woordfees, Stellenbosch and the Flemish-South African artist Herman van Nazareth (2004) and many since.
Since 1977 she was closely associated with the Afrikaanse Skrywersgilde and acted as secretary for five years. She organised three annual conferences for the Skrywersgilde. Amanda acted as researcher and scripwriter for many tv documentary programmes on South African artists, screened on SABC TV., amongst them writers such as Louis C Leipoldt, Sheila Cussons, N P van Wyk Louw, Anna M. Louw, Freda Linde and Hennie Aucamp, painters such as Paul du Toit, Sheila Nowers and a award winning programme The state of South African art today and performing artists such as Phyllis Spira, Eduard Greyling and Hermien Dommisse.
She has published many articles on writers and writing, mostly in Afrikaans. She also presents a monthly programme on Afrikaans youth books for FM Radio.
Together with the poet Sheila Cussons Amanda has published two analogies of Cussons’s poems under the titles ‘n Engel deur my kop (1997) and die asem van ekstase (2000). She was closely associated with Sir Laurens van der Post and apart from making two television documentary programmes on his life and work, she has together with Sir Laurens wrote a book on their collaboration, titled Conversations at the Cape. Amanda Botha curated Majorie Wallace’s 2003 Retrospective Exhibition.