Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: March 26, 2014


Top local musical artists are set to fill the streets of Cape Town with music as the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival kicks off on the 27th of March 2014.

The four day music festival will be taking place at an array of venues in the Cape Town CBD with an amazing line-up of top local talent. The festival itself aims to empower Cape Town performers by creating a platform for all new artists to express their talent. The goal is to encourage and foster the development of musicians as well as preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Mother City.

Taj Cape Town is especially excited to be a part of the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival hosting musicians at two of our exquisite venues:  The Twankey Bar and The Reserve at Taj Cape Town.

Twankey Bar Line-Up:

Casual yet elegant, The Twankey Bar is a wonderful mix of everything you would want in one place: Craft beer, the freshest Guinness in Cape Town and an all-day menu of tapas and homely dishes.

Thursday 27 March 2014


Emily Bruce (13:00-14:00)

Emily has roots in gospel, R&B, funk and soul and 13 years’ experience as a classic jazz singer.  

Alvin Dyers Trio (16:00-17:00)

Guitarist Alvin Dyers has a signature sound that blends elements of Latin, African and jazz.

Sweetnelfjord (19:00-20:00)

Swartznelfjord is collaboration between three of Cape Town’s funkiest, most skilled experimental musicians.

 Friday 28 March 2014



Gerald Clark Band (13:00-14:00)

Gerald Clark’s album ‘Sweepslag’ was nominated as the best Afrikaans Alternative Music Album at the 2009 SAMA awards.

Jeremy Olivier (16:00-17:00)

Jeremy has performed with some great international artists, such as George Benson, Katherine Jenkins,  Jonathan Butler and more recently Daniel Bedingfield. 

Kevin Floyd Band (19:00-20:00)

The Kevin Floyd Band was formed two years ago and brought a fresh sound to the Cape Town music scene.

Saturday 29 March 2014



Keenan Ahrends (13:00-14:00 and 16:00-17:00)

Keenan Ahrends is a Cape Town based jazz guitarist who studied jazz performance at the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Nick Turner Band (19:00-21:00)

Nick Turner brings a fresh blend of traditional African, ghoema and reggae inspired beats made for a uniquely South African experience.

Sunday 30 March 2014

Byron Abrahams duo (13:00-14:00)

Bryon Abrahams band, District Six, fuses African folk themes with European influences.

Dan Shout Quartet (14:00-15:00)

Dan Shout is a respected, sought-after jazz musician based in Cape Town who is most renowned for his jazz-fusion project SHOUT.

The Reserve at Taj Cape Town Line-up:

Situated in the restored Art Deco masterpiece that is the old ABC Building, The Reserve at Taj Cape  is the premier banqueting and events venue in the Mother City, providing a lavishly appointed events space for up to 400 guests.

Thursday 27 March 2014


Jeremy Douglas (17:00-18:00)

Jeremy Douglas draws from a mixture of 80′s productions coupled with blues and folk instruments.

Sui Generis (18:00-19:00)

Sui Generis specialises in all genres from Classical, Classical cross-over, Straight Ahead, Dixie, Hard Bop, Swing, Blues, Latin, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk, African and South African.

The Rudimentals (20:30-21:30)

The Rudimentals thrive on defying compartmentalisation into a particular musical genre and are really proud that their brand of music carries the unique South African label.  

Grassy Spark (21:30-22:30)

Grassy Spark fuses elements of reggae, ska, rock, Latin, old-school R&B and more, creating a modern and refreshing, foot-stomping, spine-jiggling sound.

Friday 28 March 2014


Saudiq Khan (17:00-18:00)

Saudiq Khan is one of the only solo concert flamenco guitarists in South Africa who collaborates with other guitar genres and performs with top players.

Sterling EQ (18:00-19:00)

Sterling EQ brings together in a breathtaking showcase of stylistic fusion and the four-piece supergroup has performed at South Africa’s most coveted events.

Al Bairre (20:30-21:30)

The Al Bairre band is a Cape Town based five-piece classic indie pop band, which combines cello, violins, guitars, keyboard, ukulele and drums.  

Beatenberg (21:30-22:30)

Beatenberg is a new band in pop music from South Africa whose members all studied music at the University of Cape Town.

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Tickets to the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival are available via Computicket.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and hosts a number of fine dining events in its highly acclaimed restaurants and venues. Email the restaurants reservations team at book a fine dining experience at one of our venues or call us at 021 819 2000.

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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: March 17, 2014



In 2013, the Inter Hotel Challenge brought ten of Cape Town’s most luxurious and most socially aware hotels, together in a celebration of good wine, excellent food and exceptional home grown talent.

This year, the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge will be launching in three cities in March as the initiative extends to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal with a total of 21 hotels on board. The original inter hotel challenge was created to provide the opportunity and inspiration for the most talented, creative trainees in the South African hospitality industry to achieve success in South Africa and abroad.

From small beginnings to successful careers, the hotel industry in South Africa has played a large role in the upliftment, training, mentoring and nurturing of thousands of trainees who represent our rich multi-faceted cultures, each with its unique culinary heritage. These Chefs and Wine Stewards have gone on to make a name for themselves as authors, starred on television and made an impact through social networks as ambassadors for our hospitality industry.

It’s this culture of mentorship and upliftment which will form the focus of the evolving Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge which partners their superb wine estates alongside 21 top participating hotels in the Cape, Johannesburg and Durban.

Candidate Chefs and Sommeliers are to present a well-balanced three-course menu, which will include the use of Rio Largo olive oil, Khoisan Sea Salt and a main course being versatile pork with a total cost of R150. The starter, main and dessert are also to be paired within the range of the partnered wine estate. Judges will then evaluate the pairings at the regional cook-offs in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

The Cape Town launch of the Inter Hotel Challenge will be taking place out our very own conferencing and events venue – The Reserve at Taj Cape Town – on the 18th of March. The Regional Cook-Offs will continue in June at the South African Chefs Academy on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th with the finals taking place on the 19th.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and hosts a number of fine dining events in its highly acclaimed restaurants and venues.  The Reserve is the latest addition to Taj Cape Town’s event venues located within a beautifully restored Art Deco building. Experience the splendour of a golden age at Cape Town’s premier conference and banqueting venue.

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