There are 'DarkieMentary' screenings, with a particular focus on documentary films concerning Africa and the African Diaspora, and live music nights showcasing sounds from across the continent. On weekend days head to the 'beach' out back to enjoy Joburg's many days of sunshine.
The venue itself is a bright spot on a rundown Brixton corner filled with quirky items of African memorabilia that speak to the jumbled narrative of history and memory in South Africa. There are old posters of the two Bobs – Marley and Mugabe – vintage radios and movie projectors, gig posters from legendary early '90s Joburg clubs, old vinyls – including the racy Springbok cover records of the apartheid era, vintage furniture and items of African curiosity that owner Sifiso Ntuli picked up during his years in political exile from South Africa. Before opening Roving Bantu and his nearby guesthouse Sifiso ran the hottest music venue in Brixton and has amazing knowledge of South Africa's music greats.
The Roving Bantu Kitchen is very easy to spot as the entire front of the building is painted with an intricate graffiti mural featuring the portraits of numerous African cultural heroes.
You can also book a Roving Bantu Tour of Joburg led by Sifiso, whose tours focus on culinary traditions and collective memory taking in the history and culture of Joburg's less glamorous and famous areas such as Brixton, Fietas (a victim of apartheid’s forced removals) and pan-African Yeoville, as well as parts of Soweto. During the struggle against apartheid Sifiso spent many years in exile and has a unique and often hard-hitting perspective on contemporary South Africa and its path to democracy. His tours are refreshing for their frank approach to history, the winners and the losers and everyone in between.
Tours start from the Roving Bantu Kitchen and Sifiso can act as driver or you may choose to drive yourself. On the first Sunday of every month you can also join the Roving Bantu Brixton-Fietas Heritage Trek, a 6.7km guided walk through this lesser known part of the city which ends back at the Roving Bantu Kitchen with live music and a three-course Afrosoul food lunch (costs from R350 including lunch).
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 72 223 2648.
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