Where to dance to the beat of African drums

As cosmopolitan as Cape Town is, with its proliferation of shopping malls and trendy cafés, it is most definitely still part of Africa – and home to stimulating ethnic African music. Here’s where to get into the rhythm.

In the heart of Long Street, itself an essential part of any South African adventure, Mama Africa offers a vibrant and authentic African experience that is made all the more magical through music. Every night a live marimba band takes to the stage and rocks the restaurant with a variety of musical stylings till late into the night.

With a wide range of eclectic dishes and lively African entertainment, Marco’s African Place is where the rest of the world meets Africa. Conveniently situated a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s Fan Walk, Marco’s will greet you in true African style for an evening you won’t forget.

Only 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town lies the township of Gugulethu. Here, the Thuthuka Jazz Café offers visitors a night filled with authentic local flavour, with world-class jazz mixed with traditional musical elements. Here you can expect a truly South African experience.

Based in the Cape Town Convention Centre, the Marimba Restaurant often features live music from bands that include some of the finest Congolese, Mozambican and South African musicians.

For an experience that will definitely stand out on your travels, Gold Restaurant in Green Point combines spontaneous, interactive entertainment with a delightful cross-section of African-themed food. Food is served as a set menu, but includes 14 different courses (tapas style), which means that your taste buds will almost certainly meet delicacies they have never met before. With three different performances throughout the course of the evening, this is one entertaining experience!

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