The SU Woordfees 2017 proudly presents
Music from Africa usually travelled via the slave traders routes and then back to our continent. This is the story of the two productions Al lê die berge nog so blou and also Naledi berge nog so blou. “Blues is the ancestor of many of the music genres of today. These include rock, soul, gospel and jazz,” explains bassist Schalk Joubert who is responsible for the concept, production and direction of the two productions.
Schalk uses the same core of musicians for both productions – these include Nick Turner, Ramon Alexander, Albert Frost and Kevin Gibson. The lead singers were not only chosen for their popularity with audiences, but also because they are open to new experiences and are ideal for communicating the message clearly. Zolani Mahola and Francois van Coke perform in Al lê die berge nog so blou, while Katlego Maboe continues the story in Naledi berge nog so blou.
According to Schalk it is clear to see the distribution of music if you follow the slave trade. “Blues originated in Africa, and was taken to America by slavery. There it permutated and eventually returned to Africa. The Alibama is one example of how it followed a unique direction. From the Blue Note in New York over the blue waters all the way back to Bloubergstrand!”
The ‘second episode’ focuses on the different styles in influences that are unique to the African continent, especially the smorgasbord of cultures and styles found here in South Africa. Schalk clarifies that name of the show, “We jokingly say that we are looking for the oldest songs in Africa.”
The mainstream recognition that came the way of Al lê die berge nog so blou surprised Schalk, but he is encouraged that so many people from different backgrounds appreciate a show that was by no way intended to be mainstream. “Honestly, I think that everyone can find something in these productions. The production is very informative without ever becoming a lesson. The main focus is entertainment,” according to Schalk.
And, in answer to what the future holds, Schalk muses, “There are always another mountain to cross.”
Al lê die berge nog so blou will be performed on the 6th of March at 20:30 at the Spier Amphitheatre, with Naledi berge nog so blou the following evening, the 7th of March, also at 20:30. The production runs for 70 minutes. Tickets are R150, R130 or R100 beforehand and R170, R150 or R120 at the door.
For more information or for an interview, contact Frieda le Roux at the Woordfees offices on 082 742 4156 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The SU Woordfees is held from 3-12 March 2017 in Stellenbosch. The complete festival programme is available on our website, www.woordfees.co.za.
Al lê die berge nog so blou
Musical Director and Production: Schalk Joubert
With: Zolani Mahola, Francois van Coke, Pietman Geldenhuys, Nick Turner, Schalk Joubert, Ramon Alexander, Albert Frost and Kevin Gibson
Naledi berge nog so blou
Musical Direction: Schalk Joubert
With: Ramon Alexander, Albert Frost, Kevin Gibson, Schalk Joubert, Koos Kombuis, Katlego Maboe,
Peter Mitchell and Nick Turner
’n Breytenbach Centre and SU Woordfees-coproduction.
Composition and direction: Juanita Swanepoel