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Venue: The Book Lounge

Date: 5 April 2012

We went there once. It was brilliant. So went there again. The Book Lounge really is Cape Town’s best loved book shop! Situated on the corner of Buitenkant and Roeland streets, and a stone’s throw away from the historical Castle of Good Hope, it lies in what was formerly know as Cape Town’s East City Innovation District, but now is simply referred to as The Fringe — an area of design and creativity which greatly contributed to the city’s successful bid to become the World Design Capital for 2014.

First up we had poet Toni Stuart, whose performance lingers somewhere enchantingly between speech and song. Her work has a strong sense of accepting the challenges that life presents and turning these into positive affirmations. One also senses that her engagement with people from various cultural backgrounds through her community work, influences her exploration of both English and Afrikaans as a linguistic medium. She was followed by guitarist and composer Philip Malan, whose music is filled with the storytelling characteristics so commonly found in folk music. His use of instrumental composition, instead of lyrical content, takes the listener on an abstract journey through both real and imaginary landscapes, with much of his work being influenced by South Africa, its land and her people.

Featured artists:

Toni Stuart

Philip Malan

Photography by Malherbe Pelser.