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 Activities,Cape Town | on: July 14, 2017

Tick All The Boxes on the Whale, Wine and Wors Tour

An image of a tail of a whale at hermanus through taj hotel

When you think about Cape Town the first thing that usually comes to mind is Table Mountain, after which your mind probably wanders to things like wine and whales –Throw in a traditional South African dish called Wors (an Afrikaans word for a type of sausage) and you have the makings of a great day out on a Whale, Wine and Wors Tour.

A Full Day of Food, Fun and Wine

Twice a week, on a Tuesday and a Thursday, a minibus sets off on a day trip for the Whale, Wine and Wors Tour run by ‘Wine Flies’. Leaving at 7:00 am, returning at 6:00 pm, this tour is available from August to December and takes tourists and locals to three awesome spots just outside of Cape Town – Stellenbosch, Grabouw and Hermanus. For R820 per person, the tour includes all tastings, pairings, lunch and transport.

First Stop Stellenbosch

In one of South Africa’s oldest towns – Stellenbosch, tour goers get the opportunity to peruse old style trade shops and taste wine at the magnificent Middelvlei Wine Farm which overlooks the Bottelary Hills.

Boerewors Pairing in Grabouw

Grabouw is home to the famous Grabouw Butchery in Overberg, which is best known for its boerewors (‘boer’ is the Afrikaans word for farmer so in essence it is a farmer’s sausage). Here you can sample handmade ciders and wines paired with delicious biltong and mouth-watering boerewors.

Lunch in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

The next stop on the Whale Wine and Wors Tour is the magnificent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the Hermanus wine route. Lunch is served followed by a port and chocolate pairing at vegan restaurant Eat, Love, Life on Spookfontein Farm.

Whale Watching in Hermanus

While lunch settles, the tour makes its next stop at one of the world’s best spots for land-based whale watching – Hermanus. Here you can marvel at the sight of whales breaching and blowing before heading off to the next wine tasting.

Last stop Wildekrans Wine Estate

The last stop on the tour is the wine and grappa tasting at the award-winning Wildekrans Wine Estate which overlooks the picturesque Walker Bay.

Door to Door

So take a day off and become a tourist in your own city or, invite an out-of-towner to join you on the Whale Wine and Wors Tour. With so much to do close-by as well as on a variety of day trips, there’s no excuse not to explore all the fun and unique things Cape Town has to offer. If you need more ideas of enjoyable excursions in and Cape Town, don’t think twice about chatting to the concierge team at Taj Cape Town. They can advise on walking tours, scenic flights, cycling trips and so much more. For more information and bookings contact: concierge.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 

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