Cama artists

Funded by the Ford Foundation the pilot Culture Africa Network (CAN) Project enabled CAMA to establish documentary centres in seven countries across the African continent: Mali, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa. The project aim is to facilitate the local gathering and sharing of excellent digital documentary resources for education, research and the promotion of Africa’s artistic heritage and its `culture-makers`. After initial site visits, these institutions were chosen as CAN project partners on the basis of their interest in participating in a pan-African culture-sharing project of this nature, and their institutional capacity to host and staff a CAN documentary centre.

The digital resources being developed through this initiative, are intended both for the archival preservation of African cultural artefacts in their host countries, and to be shared between educational and cultural institutions throughout Africa. These include the documentation of living artists, musicians and their work, as well as art, music and ethnographic materials from existing holdings within several participating African museums and universities. Starting in September 1998, CAMA undertook the task of establishing CAN Centres – multi-media and digital video documentation studios and field recording units – in the following seven African countries:
Mali: The National Museums of Mali, Bamako
Ghana: The International Centre for African Music & Dance at the University of Ghana, Accra
Sudan: The Institute of African and Asian Studies, Traditional Music Archive, University of Khartoum.
Ethiopia: The Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University
Kenya: Kuona Trust at The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Mozambique: The National Cultural Archives (ARPAC), Maputo and The National Museum of Art, Maputo The National Company of Song & Dance, (CNCD) Maputo
South Africa: Contemporary African Music & Arts (CAMA) Archive, University of Cape Town.

Since the continental scale Culture Africa Network project is far larger in scale than its initiator, it has been agreed between the CAN centres that CAMA will host a separate website for Africa CAN, which will in due course also be linked to the web resources of participating institutions`.

The following are members of the CAN Project steering committee;

Prof J.H. Nketia (Chairman) Director, International Centre for African Music & Dance (ICAMD),University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

John Turest-Swartz, Director, Contemporary African Music & Arts Archive, (CAMA) University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ali al Daw, Director, Traditional Music Archive, Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Dr Samuel Sidibe Director, National Museums of Mali, Mali

Contemporary African Musicians in Cape Town

Cape Town has become somewhat of a hub and melting pot for diverse blend of African Musicians and Artists alike. Musicians from all over the continent flock to Cape Town and South Africa to perform for international audiences and perhaps get the opportunity to perform at the world renowned International Jazz Festival. Exploring Cape Town can be an exciting adventure, there is so much to do and see. Loads of intrepid arrive daily via the overland tours that originate in other African countries. The best way to see Cape Town is by walking along its streets, experience the wonderful atmosphere and vibe. You can decide to take official tours through the City or put together your own self-guided tour. Cape Town has a lot to offer from being close to nature with the mountains and beaches to the lively entertainment available at night. Walking through the area is just a great way to get the best feel for the City. The Cape Town International Jazz festival attracts thousands of tourists every year as well as some world famous jazz artists.

Finding a great place to stay in the City is the first step to your adventure. Ashanti offer great options from their Backpackers Lodge to their more sophisticated Guest House Lodgings in Green Point and Gardens. In Green Point, the area is ideally situated allowing you to easily walk to a number of popular destinations. The V&A Waterfront is close and the Cape Town city centre is just around the corner from Green Point. The backpackers lodge and guest houses in the Garden’s area, is more of an inner city suburb, close to the city centre. All of their accommodation lodges offer great service and a variety of facilities.

Staying in Green Point, you could easily enjoy a walk through to the Green Point Park or walk a bit further to reach the Sea Point Promenade. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade all the way from Green Point to Sea Point. Along the way you will get to see the Green Point Lighthouse, an outdoor gym, and there are a number of fun things to do, such as miniature golf. If you don’t want to walk you could always rent out a bicycle and ride along the promenade.

The area of Green Point is also a very lively place both during the day and at night. During the evenings there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the area you can easily reach by foot. Some very exciting adv The Gardens area also has a variety of restaurants and things to do, why not visit the Labia theatre, one of the oldest movie theatres in the country. Long Street provides easy access to bistro’s, coffee shops and other food delights. The Gardens suburb lies at the foot of Table Mountain; where else would you want to stay? You are a stone’s throw away from the Company’s Garden, one of the oldest gardens in South Africa.

If you are not up to walking through the city, you could always try one on the city sightseeing tours. It is easy to get on and off one of their red buses that take you through the city. They offer more than 30 stops and will introduce you to many of the most popular attractions that can be found in Cape Town. Not only that their buses are open top so you can enjoy all the views even more as you ride through the streets of cape Town.

Ashanti also offer many different and exciting tours. If you are on a budget then they are the people to see. From safaris to adventure tours they have the experience to put together the perfect package for you.

There is a number of exciting Day tours you could enjoy in Cape all offered by Ashanti:

  • Table Mountain Scooter adventures
  • Different Wine Tours in the cape region
  • Beach tours and surfing lessons
  • Tours that focus on places that offer Artisan foods
  • Adrenaline adventures like Zip lining or abseiling tours, skydiving and shark cage diving
  • Township Tours
  • Camping tours
  • And lots more