Published on 10 May 2022

Cara Stacey’s latest work as the Standard Bank Young Artist 2021 aims to traverse across stylistic boundaries and is rooted in different musical approaches. For the National Arts Festival 2022, Stacey presents new music that draws on her interests in indigenous southern African musics, contemporary scored composition, jazz and experimental music. In these new compositions, she weaves together electronic sounds, African instruments, free improvisation and new scored music with the help of an ensemble of esteemed players. She draws on influences from Colleen, Clare Loveday, Dizu Plaatjies, and Matana Roberts to Bhemani Magagula and Dan Nichols.

New sounds / ancient tools
In this podcast series, musician and musicologist Cara Stacey interviews leading indigenous music specialists from across Southern Africa about their beginnings, their praxis, and the highs and lows of working in indigenous musics. The series includes Gugulethu Duma (aka D U M A M A), Monthati Masebe, Mpho Molikeng, Bronwen Clacherty, Matchume Zango and Lungiswa Plaatjies.