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Salsa in Cape Town – summer 2016

‘sfar as I know there are 3 worthwhile regular places to be dancing

At Sun-kissed Summer Salsa Series 5 on the promenade in Seapoint on Sundays from 3pm, its free

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“The Bank” on Thursday nights, its also free

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Buena Vista long streets on Sunday nights, 30ZAR with a complimentary shooter

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Any additional info, you’ll have to google for websites and contact numbers, don’t be lazy.  The music at all three weekly events is mainly salsa, with bachata coming in a distant second, and kizomba coming in a little further down the priority line.  The dancers for Salsa and Bachata are ‘full up’, with kizomba not much, if any to dance with really. The dancers are basically the same ol’ same ‘ol.  Important info for the ladies:  There are a few gentlemen few and far between who will actually ask for a dance but don’t expect miracles, “9 to 10” you’ll have to be running after men begging (I mean snatching them from other women dying to dance).  Or if you’re like me – who finds a man more skilled who can actually ask a lady for a dance – you’ll simply enjoy the music and rock the night/day away ‘el solo lobo’ style.

Free Event this week in Cape Town

The ZAR is weaker sitting at about R15.6 to the USD, the Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan is rumored (in official news) to be under threat of arrest for espionage.  No doubt if this is true, and it probably is, its because of Mr President Zuma and his corrupt camp coming under the limelight and being brought to book for running amok, abusing power at the expense of the country.  Locals had better hold onto paypal balances.  This could get lucrative.  Always a bright side …

Speaking of bright sides, here’s a free event: 

Cape Cultural Collective event on Friday, which I think should be quite nice.  “Celebrating our continent through music, poetry and dance.”

DATE: Friday, 27th of May 2016, TIME: 7:00pm, PLACE: S.A. Sendinggestig Museum,  COST: Free, donations are welcome.  Some of the featured artists appearing will be:

• Glen Arendse- on bow
• Odwa Bongo – singer
• Junior Rosa Choir
• Khadija Heeger- poet
• Primrose Mrwebi- poet
• Sam Jam- singer and guitarist
• Nama Xam- hip hop poet
• Mapumba- singer

I know the rand is weak, but be a darling and give a donation.  People must eat.  Ciao for now!

attend a session of parliament (free)

Nice one here

Secret Cape Town


one cannot take photos in the National Parliament gallery but this is from the window of the toilet, photo by Adrian Bischoff

Did you know that you can watch a debate in Parliament for free?

I went last spring and saw a number of ministers answering questions from members of parliament. It was interesting to see how the process worked, how various MPs presented themselves, what MPs did while debates were happening–hint: it’s not always paying attention to the speaker–and the physical layout of the chamber, among other things.

You should book tickets in advance using the info provided below. Make sure to bring your ID with you when you go.

Attend a Session of Parliament (check here or elsewhere on the Parliament site for update info)
Contact: Martin Tsheole
(021) 403 2197
mtsheole@parliament.gov.za

Pick up tickets: Room 006 Upperground Floor, 90 Plein Street.
Enter Parliament: the Visitors…

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Salsa and Kizomba and Tango in Cape Town

Sadly, the best place to salsa in Cape Town, aka as Buena Vista, Waterfront/Greenpoint has closed its doors, after more than 10 years 😦 😦

That being said,  life must go on and Praia Morena has taken over Sundays and boy oh boy are they hot and latin.  With DJs Caipirinha from Angola and Pablo Tomei from Spain spinning the hottest salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Kizomba all night long!

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As far as Tango goes, they have it at the V&A Waterfront from 17:00 to 19:00 on Sundays as long as the summer weather lasts http://heyevent.co.za/event/ak6zp464d3foua/sunset-tango-on-the-promenade

More about Tango in Cape Town can be found on this post: http://www.albertcombrink.com/2013/07/30/tango-in-cape-town-where-to-find-it/

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And then, just for the sake of fairness, there is some other salsa going on on Saturdays at Buena Vista, Eden on the Bay on Saturday nights from 9 till late, and also at Plan B bar on Loop str, Cape Town on Sunday nights from 9 till late.

See you on the dance floor 😉