South Africa – July 31-August 20, 2017 (21 days) – $2100 adults/$1700 youth
Date: July 31-August 20, 2017
Venue: Nylesvley Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Leaders: Matlakala Bopape, Bongani Magatyana, Patty Cuyler, Mollie Stone
Price: $2100 adult / $1700 youth (high school & university students)
We are hoping to make this and our other international camps more affordable for high school & college student participation by offering substantial youth discounts.
This will be Village Harmony’s ninth study-performance camp in South Africa. You will come away from your 3-week adventure—which will take us from the rural far northeast of the country to the townships of Cape Town—with an insider’s understanding of the musical and cultural diversity of South Africa.
The camp will begin with a week in residence at the Nylesvley Nature Reserve in Limpopo Province, learning and rehearsing our concert program, following which we will begin a two-week performance tour, meeting up with local choirs and dance groups and enjoy the hospitality of home stay hosts both in South Africa’s northeastern quadrant and in the Western Cape.
During our rehearsal week we will of focus on learning South African songs and their dances, including traditional gospel, church chorus, folk and struggle songs. In addition Mollie and Patty will also teach the group an eclectic sampling of American and world music choral arrangements to add diversity to our concert program. Bongani will teach anyone who is interested the basic steps for miners’ gumboot dancing. Eight Sotho and Xhosa singers from Matlakala and Bongani’s choirs will join us as full participants in the camp, enriching the learning experience and the cultural exchange all around.
We will spend the next week touring in the northeast part of the country, staying with local home stay hosts and giving concerts and meeting with other ensembles in churches, schools and community centers, including a choral festival with an overnight stay in Soweto.
Mid-way through our performance tour we will fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where we will be lodged with host families in one of the city’s outlying black townships. Bongani will arrange a week of concerts and collaborations with local choirs in and around the city while we take every possible opportunity to explore the beautiful sights of the Cape.
We will suggest flight itineraries for everyone, but participants will be responsible for arranging for their own transportation to and from South Africa, and for a one-way flight mid-tour between Johannesburg and Cape Town mid-tour. We recommend that you plan to arrive in South Africa at least a day early to adjust to the time change.
Space in the camp will be limited to 25. We will be looking for a balance of teens and adults as well as of men’s and women’s voices in the group. We have reserved some financial aid for teenagers and college students who need help to attend.
$2100 adult / $1700 youth (high school & university students)