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Experience hosted by Griffin

2.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We meet at Bridge Books's location in the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel, in the trendy Maboneng district. The hotel was built in 1899, and now hosts a coffeeshop, spa, art gallery and other attractions. Thabiso starts the class with introductions -- learning how to introduce each other in isiZulu, and also in tsotsi taal -- the urban slang that most people in Joburg actually use every day.

Once everyone has had a chance to practice that, Thabiso will introduce ways of talking about music in isiZulu. He plays samples of traditional music, gospel music, township jazz, and contemporary music that you'd hear on the radio. He talks about traditional musical instruments, and how music is performed today.

The language concepts we cover include:
* likes and dislikes
* musical vocabulary
* how to go to a concert
* how to buy music
* talking about playing music

By the end of the session, everyone should be able to request song, and talk about the songs that other people requested.
We meet at Bridge Books's location in the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel, in the trendy Maboneng district. The hotel was built in 1899, and now hosts a coffeeshop, spa, art gallery and other attractions. Thabiso starts the class with introductions -- learning how to introduce each other in isiZulu, and also in tsotsi taal -- the urban slang that most people in Joburg actually use every day.

Once everyone has had a chance to practice that…

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What's included

  • Drinks
From $28
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Griffin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Griffin is an expert in informal markets and in promoting indigenous languages in Johannesburg. He's finishing a PhD on how street trading works in Joburg. He also runs Bridge Books, a unique little downtown bookstore that focuses on African literature, and with books in all 11 official languages. He's written about South African music for several publications.

Thabiso is a social activist, musician, and bookseller. He loves Zulu literature, and exploring the beauty of the language in his lyrics. He loves teaching others to appreciate Zulu in ways that are fun and practical.
Griffin is an expert in informal markets and in promoting indigenous languages in Johannesburg. He's finishing a PhD on how street trading works in Joburg. He also runs Bridge Books, a unique little downtown bookstore that focuses on African literature, and with books in all 11 official languages. He's written about South African music for several publications.

Thabiso is a social activist, musician, and bookseller. He loves Zulu literature, and exploring the beauty of the language in…
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Where you'll be

The entire experience takes place in the Cosmopolitan building, an 1899 hotel that has been reborn as part of the Maboneng district's revival. Bridge Books sits in the garden courtyard, which is also a sculpture gallery.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

paper and pen