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Lentelawaai – You should have been there!

3 Sep

It was cold, ironically so. This was after all, a celebration to herald in the time of flowers and sun and swimming and love…

Yup, Lentelawaai, one of the festivals very close to my heart, not only for welcoming spring, but also because they consistently have a really good line-up, and now in it’s 3rd year running, they have still not broken that tradition. It was a great party, with an awesome line-up. They also have an absolutely awesome MC, but I’m not allowed to say that (seeing as that MC was me, hehe).

To take you through the bands in a minute or two, here’s the lowdown:

  • Lentelawaai - Loki RothmanLoki Rothman – Have you seen him perform before? If you have seen Jack Parow perform live, you have (Loki is Parow’s guitarist)… but as a solo artist he really has the potential to be one of the most prolific acoustic entertainers in South Africa. With a good dollop of Spanish influences and good old South African humour with references to popular tunes and a few brilliant originals, one cannot help but be enthralled by this man.
  • Lesse op Vrydae – A brand new Afrikaans rock band. Generally speaking, they were not brilliant. Not terrible, meaning that yes, they do have a LOT of potential. You can hear that as individual artists, none of them suck. In fact, I would LOVE to see them again in a few months, as I do believe that if they apply themselves, work hard and discover their sound, they can very well be an entertaining act. I have great appreciation for the fact that Lentelawaai provides upcoming artists with the opportunity to experience a bigger stage than they might have ever played. Just goes to show that they are not only in it for the money, but for the love of SA music.
  • Naas Veld – What is there to say about this man that any sensible music lover hasn’t said before? Words/phrases like “brilliant”, “amazing” and a “major role-player in the future of South African music” come to mind. I got my hands on his album, and will be writing about that shortly.
  • Pieter  - Die TuindwergiesDie Tuindwergies – Playing a variety of their songs from the older ones till now, the solid combo of some of the nicest musicians in South Africa took the party up to the next level. With the Kopskudkinners singing along and front-man Pieter losing his shirt in spite of the fading sunlight, Die Tuindwergies led us into the 2nd half of the event.
  • December Streets – Tristan (the front-man) is getting even blonder, the band’s getting even tighter and the crowds are falling more and more in love with this Pretoria based band. Personally, I appreciate their artistry even though the music is a bit too girly for me. I would rather sit and watch the crowd than jump up and down to their catchy tunes… If these guys make a point of growing with their fans, they are going to be on the scene for a long time to come.
  • Van Coke Kartel – These guys deserve all the honour they get. Professional from the word go, no bullshit during sound check, no ifs ands or buts… they know that when they walk on stage, they will give their all, and deliver a great show. They had the masses in the palms of their hands, and nobody complained.
  • Jack Parow – With DJ Naeldekoker pumping the beats, and Loki Rothman (remember him from earlier?) rocking out on the guitar, Parow proved yet again that he is the king of Afrikaans rap. Sadly, the cold started taking its toll causing the crowd to thin out a bit.  This did not phase Mr Parow for a second, and the show went 100% until the end.

Lentelawaai CrowdAll in all, this was a thoroughly proper organised festival. The sound was good, the security was professional, access control was effective, bars did what they needed to do and the line-up (as you can see above) was top notch. Now, this begs the question: Why weren’t there more people? Honestly, I expected at least twice the crowd. The marketing was done, the social media and traditional exposure was effective. Where did all the people go?

I  can usually point out with relative ease where an event went wrong. Be it the sound, marketing, line-up, timing or what have you… Here, the cold was a factor and the fact that there was another event on the other side of Pretoria are obviously both contributing factors. They are however, not nearly big enough factors to diminish a crowd size to such an extent. If you weren’t there, please comment and let me know why not. I would love to know.

In summary,  it was a brilliant day of music, fun and lovely people. You should have been there…

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All photos courtesy of Jacques Coetzer. See more Lentelawaai pics on the Zeplin Music blog

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1000 shots Jagermeister with Die Tuindwergies

2 Jul

1000 Shots – 1000 People – 3 bands – 1 Record Breaking Night

Celebrate Die Tuindwergies’ new album with Klopjag, Naas Veld, Jagermeister and a Guinness World Record attempt

Die Tuindwergies, responsible for hits like “Kopskudkinders” and “Opvoeding en Leiding” have just released their latest album, “Terwyl die Donker Wolke Dans”.  On 6 July 2012 at Firkin Centurion they are set to celebrate this with two other phenomenal bands and an attempt to set up a Guinness World Record for the most Jagermeister shots downed by a group of people. 

 

Creating a memorable experience during their live performances has always been a trait of Die Tuindwergies. With this event, they are taking it up a notch by not only including good music in an awesome venue, but also having everyone present participate in an enormous Guinness World Record attempt. The mission is to have 1000 fans attending the event drink 1000 shots of Jagermeister at the same time.

In addition to this epic record attempt, Die Tuindwergies have also embraced social media in its entirety. Everyone attending is encouraged to take part in the online conversation, especially on Twitter, where the hash-tag #JagerDwerg will spread like wildfire. A VIP area has been set aside for various social media influencers. 5 fans of Die Tuindwergies can gain access to this VIP lounge by actively tweeting in the run-up to the event. 

The bands joining Die Tuindwergies for this event are Klopjag (celebrating 10 years on the forefront of the South African music scene) and Naas Veld (former lead guitarist of award-winning Afrikaans rock group eF–eL).

For more information on the event, the record and the VIP TweetUp, go to www.facebook.com/DieTuindwerge and follow them on www.twitter.com/DieTuindwergies

Here’s the link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318103281613224/

Park Acoustics 3 April 2011

6 Apr

The Voortrekker monument has been taken over by hippies, rockers, braaiers and musicians…

OK, in all fairness, it was only for a day, so please ATKV (or whoever instigates offence-taking petition e-mails) don’t get your granny-panties in a knot. Besides, everyone was well behaved and quite chilled.
Mind you, that has always been my take on Park Acoustics, even the events held at the botanical gardens. The people that go to Park Acoustics don’t go there to cause crap. They are there for The Music. Furthermore, it’s a family event.

On that note, allow me to get a bit more philosophical. What impressed me on Sunday, was the wide variety of people that attended. From the usual freaks (amongst which I count myself) that just love attending anything musical, rocking and awesome, through to young families, older (read “kinda ancient”) people and unsupervised teens. It makes my rocker-heart smile to see that ALL young people don’t like the dooshdoosh club crap. There’s an entire new generation of MUSIC lovers that are ready to take the world by storm, and in many ways, they already are…

The day was, as far as I could tell, a major success. I really enjoyed the fact that we could build a few fires and tan a few chops. There’s just something awesome about sharing a braai with long-haired, tattooed rockers on the one side and boerseuns in shorts and Mr Price T’s on the other, while basking in the glory of great music.

On the line-up for the day was Tim Burns, Toby Benko, Die Tuindwergies and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
Although I have to admit that I haven’t ever really heard of the first two, they did provide great background tunes while we were braaiing. As usual, Die Tuindwergies were great. Their songs always seem to take me to places in my mind that I haven’t been in a long time, but I like to be there.  What astounds me of these guys, is that every time I see them, they’re better.
After that, Die Heuwels Fantasties made sweet love to my eardrums. To see a band that is famed for being South Africa’s breakthrough electro-rock/pop act, they sure know how to  transgress the lines into a more live-acoustic vibe. Unfortunately, the rain decided that the show should end prematurely.
Or so we thought. For within 30 minutes the entire party was moved to a less rainy space (read: under roof). There were some sound issues (not gonna elaborate, but let’s just say it could’ve gone smoother), but this is where I raise my hand in an outstretched high5 to the dudes from Heuwels. Many “professional” entertainers would simply not bother to go to the trouble of adapting their show, and to do it in less than ideal circumstances and STILL put up a crowd pleasing, exciting acoustic performance, deserves to be met with the utmost respect. Heuwels, you guys EARN every single compliment you get.

Days like these don’t come cheap, and I for one am grateful to every sponsor (KWV, Wat Kyk Jy, and the rest I can’t remember now (oops)). But thank you guys, YOU keep real music alive and accessible. A special thank you to Wat Kyk Jy for giving me and Henno Kruger tickets to the experience, Griff, you rock!

All in all, it’s difficult to sum up an event like Park Acoustics. You have to be there.
So dear reader, next time, be there.

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All photo’s in this post courtesy of Alwyn Kruger

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