25 August 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Shifty Records exhibition opening and concert

Shifty Records, the Alliance Française du Cap & the South African History Archive (SAHA) present:


Exhibition opening and concert

Thursday 03 September 2015, 6.30 for 7 pm

Alliance Française du Cap, Loop Street, Cape Town

Kicking off another Shifty September, a Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, celebrating the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

Shifty Records exhibition banner

 Physical and virtual exhibitions curated by SAHA will draw on historical artefacts from the archives to explore the various ways in which Shifty Records created a musical outlet for South Africans to express their resistance to the apartheid regime, to challenge conscription, and to raise awareness of the plights of detainees, communities under threat of forced removals, and other key struggles for justice within the broader anti-apartheid struggle.

But it wasn’t all serious stuff, as there was also a healthy subtext of partying apartheid into extinction through the power of seditious sounds. Speaking of which, the exhibition opening will feature performances by Shifty artists Simba Morri of Wasamata, Louis Mhlanga of Music ye Afrika and Jannie van Tonder of the Gereformeerde Blues Band.

 TO RSVP to the exhibition opening and concert, please email contact culture.cpt@alliance.org.za or call 021 423 5699. The exhibition will be on display at Alliance Française du Cap throughout September 2015



SAHA has a selection of images from the archives available for press – please contact them directly on 011 718 2564 or email: archives@saha.org.za. Please credit all images as follows (including links):  Courtesy of Shifty Records, archived at SAHA.


For all other information about the Shifty September 2015 programme, please contact:

Lloyd Ross (Shifty Records)


082 783 0649                  


Alliance Française du Cap


021 423 5699