Category Archives: Culture

Treasures and Rum in Paradise

We all know that moment when we turn on the radio and come across the new cover version of an old song. Often we enjoy these cover versions of an old favourite – it brings back the memories we connect to the song and the feelings we associated with it – here at Travel by […]

Northern Cape - Rockart

We are all San People

In the movie The Gods must be Crazy , a « Bushman* » tribe made a modern-world discovery –  Coca-Cola bottle, thrown down from a plane. The fact is that Bushmen or Khoi and San people have had contact with western civilisation for several centuries. These indigenous people who speak unique click languages, still exist in Botswana, Namibia and […]

Voices of Soweto

The world renowned Soweto Choir was formed by two choir directors, David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer in 2002. Over the past 13 years, the choir has grown in size as well as in popularity. There are now over 40 voices performing in the choir! The Soweto Choir specializes in African Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Reggae and […]

Hilton Schilder - No turning back

Meet Hilton Schilder, Musician and “Jazz Safari Guide”

Who never hummed « Asimbonanga » or « Pata Pata »? These hits put famous south-africans great singers like Johnny Clegg or Miriam Makeba on the world stage. Other artists, maybe less known from the general public, are also international stars, in particular on the jazz scene, like Abdullah Ibrahim or Hugh Masekela. But South […]

Miriam Makeba

South African Unity Chants

You certainly remember this chant sung by the Bafana Bafana’s fans during the Football World Cup en 2010 : Shosholoza. This song, which became popular a few years earlier during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and is classed by some South Africans as the second national anthem, has the power to be moving, while giving […]

Swaziland: A Dancing Country

Do you want to be immersed in African culture beauties? Landlocked by South Africa and bordered by Mozambique, the Kingdom of Swaziland is the perfect place for a unique cultural experience, with flowing dances and songs. In this little country, with its beautiful landscapes, you will attend the colourful ceremonies which take place regularly to […]

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Music lovers, listen up! It is happening this month in Cape Town: the must-visit Cape Town International Jazz festival. For 16 years, every last week of March, the Mother City has been welcoming locals and international Jazz artists in a groovy spirit for an exceptional musical week. Taking place in the Cape Town Convention Centre […]

2015 Festivals Agenda

SOUTH AFRICA What? When? Where? Jazz on the Rocks From 26 February to 1 March 2015 Cape Columbine Nature Reserve’s Tietiesbaai beach, just outside Paternoster Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival Various concert Stellenbosch Robertson Hands-on Harvest Festival  From 7 February to 29 March 2015 Robertson Cape Town International Jazz Festival From 27 to 28 march […]

Farm stalls: a south african tradition

In South Africa, a visit to a farm stall (‘padstal’ in Afrikaans) on the side of the road is part of any good journey – it’s a great opportunity to stretch one’s legs and buy the best of local produce. Traditionally, farm stalls were a way to sell farm products. Today, the offer is bigger […]