There Goes My Heart: The Philadelphia rhythms and Cape Towns early dance orchestras, 1940-1960


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Adam Small Foyer


The story of Cape Town’s early dance bands told through photographs, music and stories from the period. Women in swirling dresses and men in natty suites came together at weekends to dance “lang arm” to authentic Cape music – a mix of swing, “vastrap” and ghoema. “There goes my heart”, one of the hits of the time, was recorded by the Philadelphia Rhythm Orchestra, founded in 1947 by Arend Hendricks. The exhibition by Nuuseum, in collaboration with the Toyota SU Woordfees, uses material from the Hendricks family archive.