The Base was a popular nightclub at 88 Shortmarket Street in Cape Town’s historical city centre. It opened on 19 August 1987. Shortly afterwards, the venue launched a popular Sunday evening jazz slot known as the Jazz Den, which operated during the tumultuous final decade of apartheid, a period of heightened civil unrest and state repression in South Africa.

    The venue was open to musicians and party-goers of all races, a rarity in this segregated society.Musically, the Base/Jazz Den was a liberated zone. It provided a platform for professional musicians and DJs working across a wide range of musical styles, including punk, folk, hip hop, rhythm & blues and, occasionally, heavy metal, as well as homegrown genres like Mbaqanga, Mbube, Afro jazz and boere rock.

    The Base/Jazz Den truly was a venue for everyone, including disco girls, homeboys, Rastas, jazz-heads, goths and punks.

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