Calling all artists!

Our first major milestone of the Echoes project is coming up with the official debut of the transcribed music at the Mother City Hop festival on 23 March. As part of the celebration, Cape Town Swing will be co-hosting an exhibition of artwork inspired by the music, musicians, stories, and spirit of the South African Swing Era at Youngblood gallery.

We are now accepting applications for artwork and all are welcome to submit.

BRIEF We are interested in visual artwork inspired by the themes of preservation, celebration, and revival of South African swing from Sophiatown, Alexandria, and District 6 (the music, dance, stories, culture, and spirit). This may include, but is not limited to, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.

For more inspiration, listen to samples of the different songs here.

DEADLINE 8 February

VENUE Youngblood gallery, 70-74 Bree Street in Cape Town

HOW TO APPLY Download the application here.

EXHIBITION Opens 7 March, First Thursday

NOTE If your piece is selected there will be a R250 administration fee.

CONTACT For more information, contact Ina from Youngblood ( or Sarah from Cape Town Swing (

About the Project

The Echoes of Sophiatown project is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and reviving the original South African swing music of the 1930s-50s. Read more about the project here.


Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg

Campaign Updates

We have made some exciting progress since our crowdfunding campaign ended in October 2018, including song transcription, lyric translation, and our artwork curation. Read more here.


Hear it Live!

There are plenty of opportunities to hear this music performed live by the Pebble Shaker Jazz Band. Check out their upcoming gigs and catch a show.