Tue, February 16, 2016
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Andreas Loven - District Album Release at Nasjonal Jazzscene
Official release concert for the District Six (Losen Records) that pays tribute to the District Six spirit. See liner notes below to gain deeper insight
SPIRIT OF DISTRICT SIX
Up until 1966, District Six was a warm, peaceful, multicultural community in Cape Town. Its inhabitants included muslims (Cape Malay), Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, and Indian people. It thrived in artistic diversity, and was heavily engaged in live music and Cape Town´s own, minstrel carnival tradition. The goema rhythm, a
highly danceable groove built on elements from various South African cultures, became a signature sound of both the carnival and District Six itself.
The residents in District Six set an outstanding example in how different cultures could coexist and thrive, as the curious, warm and welcoming potential of the human spirit defeated prejudism and xenophobia, making the neighborhood diverse and lively, yet peaceful.
Unfortunately, that mattered little for the ruling apartheid regime that enforced strict segregation policies. Hence, 50 years ago, on the 11th of february 1966, the authorities decided that District Six was to be demolished and the inhabitants moved to appropriate areas depending on their skin colour. Bulldozers destroyed the area a few years later.
I relate to District Six, and its fate, in many ways. As a citizen of Cape Town for many years, I believe the goema has become permanently stuck in my body, flowing around in my blood vessels. I also like to think that the music on this album is created in a spirit similar to that of District Six. Being jazz musicians we live our lives aspiring for those spiritual moments where music truly connects us. And, as this band in particular, we strive for a new, indigenous sound based on the musical heritage of our diverse backgrounds.
In spite of physically being demolished, the spirit and cultural creations of District Six continue to live on. By artists who utilize the creative contributions of the community. But above all, by people all over the world approaching their lives with the belief that the inclusive, empathic nature of the human being eventually will prevail.
I dedicate this music to the people living in that spirit. The Spirit of District Six.
Nasjonal Jazzscene, Karl Johans gate 35