David Kramer headlines at 5th OesfeesHilltop Live
SA legend David Kramer returns to the annual Franschhoek Oesfees, the harvest festival and showcase for rural music of the Boland and beyond.
He will be joining headliners Theuns Jordaan, Emo Adams and Chris Chameleon at Solms-Delta wine estate on Saturday 24 March.
Striking a significant note in the Boland’s cultural calendar as the region’s first full-scale harvest festival, the Oesfees was the realisation of a dream shared by Solms-Delta’s Mark Solms and Richard Astor.
They recognised the need to give thanks for the harvest, and to include all who participated in it.
The Franschhoek Oesfees was the result: an authentic, inclusive, non-commercial musical celebration, with complementary tickets given to workers of Franschhoek Valley farms.
David Kramer, the award-winning musical comedic talent behind District Six and Kat and the Kings, was a key attraction at the first Franschhoek Oesfees held in 2008.
Since then, the festival has grown substantially, both in its depth and range of performers, and number of attendees, with over 4 500 expected to attend this year.
“The Oesfees has held a very dear place in my heart since that first day of lekker sounds four years back, when no one knew beforehand how it would resonate,” said Kramer.
“The incredible team of talent scouts behind the festival has brought many musical gems to the forefront, all representatives of our national heritage. I am very proud to return to what has become one of South Africa’s musical highlights.”
Alongside Kramer is a host of top entertainers, including Chris Chameleon, a two-time SAMA winner who has mesmerized local and international audiences with his four-octave voice and vocal acrobatics; all-round singer and funnyman Emo Adams, who stars in Kyknet’s Jou Show; and Karoo-born singer Theuns Jordaan, whose rumbling bass renditions of Afrikaans classics as well as his own compositions have wowed audiences nationwide.
Other performers include Afrikaans hip-hop/folk fusion band Tribal Echo, legendary spoon-slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee, Cape Jazz players Hot Water, local female boereorkes the Kaapse Affodille, alongside Solms-Delta’s very own home-grown bands, ranging from the Klein-Handtjies pre-school choir and “Kaapse Klopse” style walking band to a top wind and percussion band with female choir ensemble. Performing on their own turf will be the Gramadoelas, Delta Valley Entertainers, Delta Vastrap Genootskap, Delta Optel Band, Lekker Lekker Delta, Delta Langbroeke, the Delta 4 & 5 and the Soetstemme female choir.
“The festival is a showcase for our Music van de Caab programme, which encourages unknown and unrecognized talents to soar, by making music that comes straight from the heart,” says programme manager Adriaan Brand. Brand is a member of the well-known rock band Springbok Nude Girls, and currently runs the Solms-Delta based Rural Music Development Initiative.
The musical heritage initiative focuses on both academic research and performance, and falls into the grander vision of the Delta Trust established by the Astor and Solms families.
The trust seeks to contribute to nation-building on a local scale, through a variety of social and cultural programmes.
“This Oesfees is extra exciting for us as we will be launching a Music van de Caab Heritage Development Project showcase album, which after the Oesfees is the next best thing any music lover could listen to,” says Brand. It is a 13-track collaboration between Brand, Nick Turner of Sons-of-Trout fame, Cape jazz legend Les Javan and many other talented musicians, with performances by the various Solms-Delta farm bands.
Watch for a blend of original compositions and traditional folk tunes, with cameos from “a few famous people,” teases Brand.
Complementing the Oesfees line-up are several musical finds from Brand’s Music van de Caab field trips into the Kalahari, including Auntie Susanna Draaier, an Afrikaans and KhomaniSan songstress in her early sixties, and Oom Andries Bok who, well into his seventies, still delivers region specific versions of well-known traditional songs.
Music and dance converge in riveting riel dance performances by junior and senior winners of the ATKV’s national rieldance competition at the Taalmonument in Paarl.
It is thanks to the encouragement and support of the ATKV for this entertaining and culturally valuable dance form - with roots in Khoe and San ceremonial dances, which was nearly extinct five years ago - that rieldance is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
“Afrikaans, one of the strongest indigenous African languages, creates exceptional opportunities to contribute to nation building in South Africa,” said Japie Gouws, ATKV Group CEO.
“As the ATKV’s focus is the promotion of Afrikaans and the creation of an inclusive African culture site, we believe in working with partners to explore the potential of language and culture activities. Our cooperation with Solms-Delta is an ideal opportunity for us to action these goals.”
Mark Solms adds: “When you see the radiance in the faces of both performers and audience members at the Oesfees, you know that there is a miracle taking place under the farm’s shady oaks; one that couldn’t have been imagined just years ago. We are thrilled to play a part in restoring pride to the hard-working members of this community and beyond, and look forward to many more years of what has become an annual tradition.”
With all that song and dance, spectators need not look far for some great kaapsekos to keep them energized.
Food stalls will be dishing up traditional favourites like bees afval, chicken and veg breyani, braai bord, a full range of halaal foods, snoek en patat and wildspastei, which can be enjoyed picnic-style on the farm’s beautiful grounds, complemented by Solms-Delta’s own wines, with music-inspired names like Langarm, Vastrap and Cape Jazz Shiraz. And kids are more than welcome at the Oesfees, which features a Kiddies Area complete with games and equipment.
Presented in association with the ATKV, the 5th Annual Oesfees takes place on Saturday 24 March from 9am to 9pm at Solms-Delta Wine Estate - Delta Road, off the R45, Franschhoek Valley.
Tickets cost R95 for early birds, R110 per person if pre-booked (at the farm or online from www.ticketbreak.co.za Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for R130, gates open at 9am and close at 9pm.
Free entry for children under 12yrs if accompanied by their parents. Tickets exclude food and beverage coupons, which are available for purchase at the event.
For information, see www.solms-delta.co.za or call 021 874 3937 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on facebook.com/solmsdelta and Twitter @solms_delta. Twitter hashtag #oesfees
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Solms Delta Wine Estate
Dates: Saturday, 22nd March 2014 - Sunday, 23rd March 2014