Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel | on: July 20, 2017

Raga Ecstasy: the Indian Classical Music Event of the Year

5th generation sitar artist Niladri Kumar, accompanied by the incredible tabla skills of Vijay Ghate, will enthral adoring fans in the Mother City this weekend with “Raga Ecstasy” a new concert guaranteed to establish the duo at the forefront of Indian Classical music.

Niladri Kumar – Master of Sitar

Those who have yet to discover the majestic sounds of Niladri Kumar’s sitar are in for a treat. It was at the age of four that Niladri first began playing the sitar. No surprise really as he is the product of five generations of sitar player. Niladri however is more than just a sitar player, he is an unconventional artist who imparts unique nuances on all his melodies.

Heralding a New Era for the Sitar

Instead of shifting between the sitar and the guitar, Niladri created the zitar. The combination guitar and sitar incorporates an electric pickup, a reduced number of strings and a rock sound to transcend the generational and cultural gaps between lovers of traditional Indian classical music, and those who enjoy more rock and lounge sounds.

For all his achievements Niladri Kumar has not only received many prestigious awards but also the recognition of critics, his contemporaries and the masses.

Tabla Phenomenon Vijay Ghate

Enter tabla phenomenon, Vijay Ghate and you have a fully fleshed out musical duo. Vijay learnt to play the tabla at the age of three and officially began his musical career at 16. He travelled the world with talented Indian musicians such as Bismillah Khan, Vilayat Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, and many more.

International Collaboration

Vijay Ghate has the unique ability to accompany a variety of other musical genres. From dance music to instrumental music, his passion for this ancient percussion instrument shines through. So much so that he has successfully collaborated with the likes of Jethro Tull, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Ravi Coltrane, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, and George Brooks.

One Night in Cape Town

The Raga Ecstasy tour will be taking place at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town on Saturday, 29th of July only with tickets ranging in price from R300 to R600 from Computicket. Arranged by Inner Circle Entertainment, the tour is sure to exemplify Inner Circles’ motto of “Shifting the Context of Musical Expression”. Raga Ecstasy is set to be the cultural experience of the year and South African’s craving world music, and Indian classical music in particular, will not be disappointed!

Taj Cape Town offers stylish luxury accommodation in the heart of the Mother City and is home to Cape Town’s premier events venue – The Reserve at Taj Cape Town. As a proud accommodation sponsor of the Raga Ecstasy concert we would like to encourage visitors and locals alike to experience the magic of Indian Classical Music.

For more information on our restaurants, facilities and event spaces, contact us at sales.capetown@tajhotels.com or call us at (+27) 21 819 2000.

 

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,History,Hotel | on: July 7, 2017

The Best of Cape Town, Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Cape Town is famous the world over, not only for its awe-inspiring scenery but for its cultural diversity and rich heritage. For all its drawcards, Cape Town has one very real flaw – there is simply too much to do. You need more than a weekend, more than a week, maybe even more than a month to fully absorb everything that makes Cape Town so unique and easy to love. This is exactly why we thought it best to compile a list of the top five sights around Cape Town, all of which happen to be just a stone’s throw from Taj Cape Town. Isn’t that convenient?

Red Bus City Sightseeing

As with London’s iconic sightseeing busses, Cape Town has its very own sightseeing bus and it just happens to be one of the best ways to see Cape Town. There are several tours to choose from, each with their own themes, routes and stops. There are 17 stops altogether and the buses run all day every day, with one of the first busses for the City Tour departing as early as 09h00 from the nearby Long Street tour office. Tour goers can choose from 12 tours which offer guided experiences through the Peninsula, Cape Point, Table Mountain, downtown, wine estates, the townships and more.

The Evening Show

Because you can watch a movie anywhere in the world, it’s always better to see a live show when you are visiting a new city. Live music and theatre are your best source of local culture and entertainment after a long day of sightseeing.

The Crypt

For those who have never managed to attend the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Crypt is not only the best live jazz venue in Cape Town, it is also just across the road from the Taj Cape Town.

The Cape Town Magic Club

If you are in the mood for a more theatrical endeavour, the Cape Town Magic Club puts on incredible magic shows at the Cape Town Club every Monday evening at 7 pm and at 9 pm. The talented magicians are guaranteed to baffle audiences with their trickery and smooth moves.

The Fugard Theatre Cape Town

Get transported to another time and place at the Fugard Theatre. With shows on Tuesdays to Saturdays, we highly recommend that you catch a show during your stay in Cape Town. A brief 8-minute walk from the Taj will get you right to the front door of the Fugard Theatre.

The Artscape Theatre

This is a theatre complex which is large enough to house an arena, an opera house, a theatre and open-air theatre – leaving endless possibilities when it comes to epic live performances! At any one time, guests can treat themselves to a musical, a pantomime, an exhibition, a ballet, a play, an opera or even a talent competition.

Cape Town Markets

Markets are a great way to take a relaxing stroll and admire the creativity and ingenuity of our fellow humans. Depending on the type of market you prefer, which day of the week it is and where you are located, there is a market in Cape Town waiting for you to explore it. Find community markets, farmers markets, holistic and lifestyle markets, night markets and more to while away your time in Cape Town.

The Museum Mile

Cape Town’s rich history is nothing to be scoffed at. Mired in wars and slavery, ours is a history to be learnt from rather than repeated. The Museum Mile is the collective name for the network of museums within the Cape Town city bowl. Grouped together are galleries, historical houses, a maritime centre, a planetarium, a castle, the slave lodge and various other museums, each with something unique and interesting to offer. Together these pockets of preserved history map out a description of life in the Cape Town of old.

Table Mountain

Last but not least, of course, is Table Mountain. Not merely for the sake of a cliché, but because the mountain will pull you into its orbit whether you allow it to or not. This unavoidable and magnificent landmass is not only beautiful from the view in your hotel room but it also provides an utterly inspiring view of Cape Town from above. No trip to Cape Town is complete without a bit of time on the mountain and the cable car is one of the best ways to get up there.

With all that is to be seen and done, Cape Town visitors are spoilt for choice. One thing you don’t need to spend time thinking about though is where to stay. Taj Cape Town is dusted with a generous, wall-to-wall coating of luxury and it’s conveniently close to all of the above-mentioned sights and activities. To book accommodation contact: res.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 

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