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Street Talk TV produces 15 minute documentaries which reflect human experience and feelings on the issues and challenges of our time and society which are broadcast on Community Television and DSTV.

Street Talk is an innovative documentary series that present uninhibited conversation between participants in discussion groups in a spontaneous way so that the viewer apperas to sit in an empty chair in the circle, giving a sense of participation and involvement. Discussions are filmed in informal settings (shebeens, shacks, school classrooms, restaurants) which are both accessible to participants and situate the series in community settings. In 2010, Street Talk presented a new format in which the documentaries featured organisations and individuals who have a positive impact on their communities.

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Artscape Outreach: Reaching Out

Season 7 Episode 36

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 28 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clanwilliam. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

 

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Artscape Rural Outreach 2016

Season 7 Episode 33

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 31 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

 

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clan William. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

These episodes features the show’s highlights including dance routines, musical solos and behind the scenes preparations. Additionally, we spoke to several of the performers and we hear their first hand opinions on what it means to be a part of Artscape Outreach.

 

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Hip Hop Culture Part 1

Season 7 Episode 31

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 17 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Made up of three members and one 12-year old B-boy, the Azanian Flames are a hip-hop crew from Strand focused on uplifting the community, promoting the “consciousness of reality” and sharing stories from life experience. They emphasize a need to move away from rap that focuses on drugs, money, sex and violence and instead, create content that can credibly discuss aspects of life in South Africa. Their first-hand experiences of abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism culminates into a therapeutic chance to relay and move forward from past injustice.

In this episode we hear from each member of the group as they share why they create the music that they do, how they started on this career path and why it has kept them out of darker parts of township life.

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Artists of Kayamandi

Season 7 Episode 27

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 7:30pm, Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:30pm

“I think as an artist when you are writing songs,  you write your experience. What you’ve been through, how you got to this place, what happened before..”

Amidst winelands of Stellenbosch where the primarily Afrikaan-speaking residents live in colonial style homes painted a blatant white, the bustling township of Kayamandi resides. Surrounded by wealth and luxury, Kayamandi, meaning “nice home” is anthing but. Having changed relatively little since it’s establishment as a housing development for farmland workers during the apartheid area in South Africa, Kayamandi sticks out like the remnants of a fire pit smoking and crackling with life through the charred aesthetic.

Like our artists say, Kayamandi is not the epicenter of the Cape Town music scene, however, it is still a hub for aspiring musicians and creatives. Music gives these individuals an escape from the harsh reality of township existence. The opportunity to transcend past experience through a productive outlet is theraputic and the community that is coagulates around musicians is a support system.

We are proud to share stories and thoughts from these local artists as well as showcase their craft.

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Gangs: Playing with Death

Season 7 Episode 12

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 7:30pm

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Regrets of Survival: Finding Opportunity in Elsie’s River

In this episode, we listened to residents of Elsie’s River talk about opportunities they had been deprived of, and the life paths they had chosen as a result. From dreams of becoming a police officer to dreams of being a doctor, we listened to both the regrets and hopes of the residents.

Some quotes from this episode:

“They show the kids guns and teach them how to smuggle- it’s not right”
“There is no money to study further”
“There is no unity”

ArtsCape Outreach 2016

Season 6 Episode 50

 

To try and borrow from how John Lennon saw an artist’s role in society: is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

This was the aim and successfully executed plan for Artscape team when they organised an outreach programme for art barrel community with limited opportunities.

They woke up a sleeping town and not only brought life with their art but breathed life into that community.

The Hip Hop Generation

Season 6 Episode 29

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:00am

 

 

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Artscape Outreach Heidelberg

Season 6 Episode 13

Tue, 19 May 2015 9:00pm

 

“…the magic about these things [is] that somewhere in the audience there’s a person that goes…..’the possibility exists’…it transforms their minds”

“With this….you really reach a community and unify people in a way that politics could never do. If you want to change people and situations and a country, touch people’s hearts, and I think that’s why projects likes this is so important”

Artscape Theatre is Cape Town’s principal centre for the performing arts. Each year, they travel to the rural areas of the Cape bringing art, entertainment and performing. In this episode, Street Talk goes behind the scenes as the Artscape programme coordinators and entertainers prepare to bring the magic of the Arts to the small town of Heidelberg.

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Artscape Rural Outreach: Coordinating the Magic

Season 6 Episode 8

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:00pm

“We started this particular type of project…taking the theatre to the people….to implement our constitution…[we asked ourselves] how do we bring our people together that were divided….so we use the theatre as a tool….putting all our cultures on one stage”

Artscape Theatre is Cape Town’s principal centre for the performing arts. Every year, they travel to the rural areas of the Cape bringing with them art, entertainment and performing. In this episode, the programme’s coordinators describe the unifying effect that the Arts have on people and how this is such a necessary development in a country once divided.

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Artscape Rural Outreach: Performers

Season 6 Episode 4

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00am

“I remember when I decided to go and do music at UCT. My father took me to all the shebeens….he’d say, ‘See that guy sitting there? He’s a musician”

“I think it’s a great initiative…there’s a lot of people who are not exposed to Art…. when we come to these rural areas people are so overwhelmed and they enjoy it so much they don’t want us to leave”

Performing is some kind of magic; just ask singers Alistair Izobell and Fancy Galada; dancers, Vurswill Seconds and Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni; marimba player, Bongani Sotshononda, and saxophonist, Donveno Prins, as they prepare to dazzle small town audiences as part of the Artscpae Theatre outreach programme. An enchanting development where Artscape Theatre’s top performers travel to the rural areas of the Cape, bringing with them art, entertainment and performing. They describe the pure joy that unfolds as they perform to audiences who have never experienced the magic of the Arts.

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And You Don’t Stop: Hip Hop in SA

Season 6 Episode 3

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00am

“I got into Hip Hop because it was revolution…something that could feed and fuel my anger….I could dance on the dance floor, sweat it out, leave it all there, then I could deal with life again”

“A lot of MCs you hear them, “We all can blow up”. No you can’t, not in a Capitalist system. The Capitalist agenda is always to choose a few to represent their agendas….unless you create an alternative, you figure out your own way to tour the world, to create income for yourself and there’s a limited amount of income especially here in Cape Town”

Hip Hop music originated in the 1970s, in the streets of The Bronx, New York; providing a much needed voice and platform for disenfranchised youth. Today, Hip Hop dons a new guise; devoid of its original ideals and corrupted by the capitalist society which it now speaks from. We asked South African Hip Hop artists, both seasoned and budding, to talk about what Hip Hop means in a South African context. Featuring Emile YX?, Metabolism, Sibanac, Miss Celaneous and Andy Mkosi.

 

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The Rosa Choir Project

Season 5 Episode 38

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“It’s all these languages being brought together and the history with it…we’re learning just through singing…it breaks down tremendous barriers”

A famous musician once said,  “Music can change the world because it can change people.” In Cape Town, people are notoriously divided; economically, geographically and culturally. The most shocking aspect is how normal this all seems to its natives.  The Rosa Choir Project aims to change this insane normality with the power of music.

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Mzantsi Risers Part 1

Season 4 Episode 52

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:00pm

A theatrical dance and music programme for Langa kids.  An unmarried girl tells her mother she’s pregnant. They act out the scene with gut-wrenching reality, the language and scene taken from their everyday experiences. In another act, a women discovers that her husband is having an affair with a woman who is in their church congregation. His denials are classic but she manages to nail him by finding a voice message on his phone…. Non actors performing with a passion these true-life situations make for riveting viewing. The participants discuss how acting has enhanced their lives and where they would like to go with it.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 2

Season 2 Episode 3

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 1

Season 2 Episode 2

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.

 

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Ntonga Music School

Season 2 Episode 1

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 7:30pm

At the Ntonga Music school in Gugulethu, Poke, an old jazz musician, teaches local kids the basics of music.

 

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A tribute to Joe Mthimka

Season 1 Episode 18

“I have this great desire to see ourselves starting to appreciate ourselves…I know how brilliant African culture and African wisdom is”

“I’m one of those people who left school, willingly, not because I was a dumb student but because in my way of thinking I was way ahead of the system, or as we used to call it then, it was the rat race…..getting polished up and primed to go and work in the machinery of White supremacy…and I just felt I didn’t want my mind stifled”

Born 1948 murdered February 2009 Joe Mthimka was a jazz musicologist who promoted local talent and sported a huge collection of rare local jazz music. Shortly before his death he shared his views on the political situation in South Africa.

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Musicians

Season 1 Episode 5

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 5:00pm

 

 Porky, Sekhiwe, Mxolisi, Mephisto, Lungile and Victor reminisce about making music during apatheid, talk about what has changed post democracy, life in the townships, the youth and xenophobia.

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