Preserving, reviving and celebrating South African swing music
The Echoes of Sophiatown project is an ongoing initiative of Cape Town Swing to preserve, revive, and celebrate a cornerstone of South African heritage. Named for the Johannesburg suburb and 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 African swing era from the 1930s-50s.
About the project
Our first project milestone, which we celebrated in March 2019,
revolved around the three pillars of music, art, and stories.
In March 2019, we officially debuted the fruits of our 2018 fundraising campaign, which revolved around three pillars: music, art, and history. The launch was appropriately held during the weekend of Mother City Hop, Cape Town's annual Lindy Hop festival, which allowed us to share the music with members of the both the local and international community.
Meet the band
The Pebble Shakers are a Cape Town-based jazz band that specialises in swing-era tunes for the social dance floor. Since forming in 2016, the band has made traditional South African swing music part of its signature sound.
You can catch the Pebble Shakers live playing all around Cape Town or book them for your own event.
The project officially began with the launch of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in September 2018. Check out the campaign video.
The Echoes Journey
Read about the project developments from planning to funding to execution.