The Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS)

presents a film screening, discussion and musical performance featuring


The Uprising of Hangberg is a film documentary by Dylan Valley and Aryan Kaganof, with original music score by Stellenbosch University music student Natasje van der Westhuizen. The documentary provides shocking footage and eyewitness accounts of the attempts by the Western Cape Provincial Administration and the City of Cape Town to evict residents from their homes in Hangberg, Hout Bay, in September this year (see Kagablog). The Rastafarian community in Hangberg is central to the narrative developed in the film, which also documents Rastafarian Nyabingi chanting and drumming (the traditional music of the Rastafarian religion) from Hangberg. The Uprising of Hangberg is a tour de force of activist documentary film making. It does not only succeed on artistic and technical levels, but also as a political intervention enabling a marginalized community to speak of their oppression and trauma.

In a gesture of support for the plight of the residents of Hangberg, the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS) is screening The Uprising of Hangberg in Kayamandi on 2 December 2010. Stellenbosch is home to what is probably the most important community of Rastafari in South Africa, and DOMUS has arranged for the Stellenbosch Rastafarian community from Cloetesville to open proceedings at the screening with a performance of Nyabingi chanting and drumming. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the film makers, after which the Hangberg reggae band BLAZE will perform.

Date: 2 December 2010

Time: 18:00
18:00 - Introductory performance of Nyabingi chanting and drumming by the Cloetesville Rastafari community
19:00 - Screening of The Uprising of Hangberg, with question-and-answer session
21:00 - Performance by BLAZE, reggae band from Hangberg

Venue: AmaZink! Eatery, Masithandane Street, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

From the R304 travelling from Stellenbosch to the N1, turn left toward Makupula Rd (the second road leading into Kayamandi from Stellenbosch), turn left into Makupula Rd, take the third left turn into Masithandane Street. Map

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The screening of The Uprising of Hangberg, a film by Aryan Kaganof and Dylan Valley:

On 21 September 2010, Cape Town Metro Police officers entered the Hangberg township in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, to forcibly remove several township residents and destroy their homes that were built above the determined firebreak. Aryan Kaganof and Dylan Valley created the documentary film, The Uprising of Hangberg, in response to the events of that day.


DOMUS presented a screening of the film on 2 November 2010, at Amazink Restaurant in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The screening was well-received, and a lively and fruitful discussion followed between members of the public, and also members of the Hangberg community that were in attendance.


In the spirit of DOMUS’s involvement with, and promotion of different expressive cultures, a financial contribution was made to enable the local Hangberg reggae group Blaze to record a DVD at Milestone Studios in Cape Town.



These images are taken from the DVD recording by Blaze.




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