11 January 2015
22 February 2015
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Primarily known as an exceptional guitarist, Tony Cox writes many of the songs he performs himself, and the experience of listening to him is like a personal encounter. Last night, we had the privilege of hearing some of his own songs. Named Songs of Sixty, this his latest show consists of bluesy yet rhythmic songs about life: about joy and sorrow, love and loss, politics and parenting, nostalgia and dreams. It is a glance into his inner, private world.
Sawaya matches a fascination for the human form with a remarkable ability to represent very real human emotions. His figures are often in motion or transition, some light-hearted and playful, others quite serious, even creepy. ‘Gray’ depicts a man’s hands and face as he tears through a smooth wall, mouth agape as if calling out or gasping for air, an image symbolic of Sawaya’s decision to break away from being a lawyer and ‘let out’ the artist so long suppressed. In contrast, another piece – a large grey hand holding a tiny red object between its forefinger and thumb – is simply called ‘Untitled’. The explanation next to this piece is short and playful, asking the viewer to decide what it is.
Situated on Harfield Village’s vibrant restaurant strip in Second Avenue, Zapata has rapidly become a neighbourhood favourite. Not only that, it’s now attracting people from all over Cape Town and drawing them into the Southern Suburbs – lured by the delicious smells of enchiladas, burritos and the promise of a really good margarita.