Music plays a central role in the life of the black population. Traditional African music serves to feed the ties amongst each other and expresses the inner life force of the people. Jazz came in from America during the 20th century and overtook traditional music in popularity. The white music culture has a predominantly classical character and can be regarded as a continuation of the European heritage. Apart from the black and white musical traditions, there is the music of the Cape Malaysians. The slaves who came from East Indonesia and Malaysia to South Africa in the 17th century brought their own music. Despite African influences you can still recognise a number of Asian elements in it.
Dancing has always had an important place in African culture. People here dance to express joy or sadness, but it is also a means to fight diseases and chase away evil spirits. Singing and dancing, using traditional musical instruments, is to try to please the Gods to get rich rewards from hunting or war. In the past, loss or gain during an encounter between two tribes was considered a sign of the power of the Gods.
Festivals and public holidays:
Apart from New Year’s Day, Easter and Christmas, the following national holidays are celebrated in southern Africa: Human Rights Day (21st of March), Constitution Day (27th of April), Labour Day (1st of May), Youth Day (16th of June), National Women’s Day (9th of August), Heritage Day (24th of September), Reconciliation Day (16th of December)
There is more than enough to do in the big cities. Most have a large number of bars, cinemas, some theatres, nightclubs and restaurants. Even in the smaller villages you will find nightclubs and bars. There will be dancing all night, mostly under the open skies. You can also visit markets, parks and museums.