Campaign Update: The perks are coming!

sarahProject, The Journey

Hi folks, Now that the Echoes of Sophiatown album is officially available, we are rolling out the rest of our Echoes gear so your perks are on their way! A couple notes: Shipping AddressesWe are in the process of confirming the international addresses – we know that some people have moved since they donated and others did not give an address. If … Read More

Campaign Update: Echoes of Sophiatown launches this Saturday

sarahProject, The Journey

Hello everyone, We couldn’t be more excited to send this update. After months of music transcriptions, song translations, band practices, research sessions, and design work, the culmination of this campaign is finally here with the Echoes of Sophiatown album launch party this Saturday at the District 6 Museum. As the main event for Mother City Hop (Cape Town Swing’s annual international swing dance festival), this … Read More

Campaign Update: The echoes are getting louder!

sarahProject, The Journey

Hi all you wonderful supporters of this project, We’ve been swamped with preparations in the last few weeks, so apologies for the radio silence. It is definitely over due for an update. 1) TranscriptionsAll 30 transcriptions are complete! We also had the lyrics translated into English so that more people can understand what the songs are about. The list includes 5 … Read More

Campaign Update: 9 days left and we’re almost at 60%

sarahProject, The Journey

Meadowlands was an anti-apartheid song by Strike Vilakezi written in protest to the forced removal of the residents of Sophiatown to the township Meadowlands. It was popularised in the 1950s by artists like Dorothy Masuka and Miriam Makeba. Listen to a short sample of the tune from Thandeka as she shares an update on the campaign.  Song like this one are … Read More

Campaign Update: R13000 raised in under 24 hours + new perks

sarahProject, The Journey

We are almost 24 hours into the campaign and we’ve raised over R13000! A huge thank you to everyone who has shared the campaign or made a contribution.  A special thanks to Simon from Cape Town for sponsoring our first full song, Swazi Stomp. You can check out some samples of the other tracks at www.pebbleshakers.co.za/#echoes. Don’t wait, you might miss … Read More

Campaign Update: We made it!

sarahProject, The Journey

A huge thank you to the more than 200 people from around the world who’ve helped us reach our target! It has been truly inspiring to see the support pouring in over the last few days. Proud to be part of a community that cares about music and history –  and so excited to start work on the transcriptions and … Read More

Introducing: The Echoes of Sophiatown Project

sarahProject, The Journey

Echoes of Sophiatown is an ongoing Cape Town Swing initiative that arises from an urgent need to preserve, celebrate, and revive a cornerstone of South African heritage. Named for the cultural hub that gave rise to some of South Africa’s most legendary jazz musicians, this project seeks to thread together the music, dance, people, and stories that defined the South … Read More