I’m really stoked to present to you my new Afrikaans music and poetry project called Die Dahgah Fondasie (The Mortar Foundation). I put this project together in response to the highly successful production of my first festival performance last year at Woordfees (Word Festival), which I did with my friend and spoken word poet Raynard Stander (Reinhart Rymhard). In fact that production was so successful we actually had demand to run it daily for a period after at Aan de Braak Theatre. Unfortunately Raynard had to go away to another province for work and virtually hasn’t been back consistently since.

Dahgah Fondasie with Light

Juju Van Wyk
Juju Van Wyk

That said, I’ve decided to do the festival again this year with a bunch of new and old material and of course with a brand new band – who I believe will be more than capable to achieve the vision I have for this project. Most of all, I’m very excited to feature Juju van Wyk on vocals who I’ve known for almost 7 years now. You might have read on this blog a while ago about Juju’s regular stint at the Soapbox Jazz Jam Session & Open Mic which I curated at Cafe Art at the end of last year. She impressed a great many people with her smokey, spiritual voice and lamentations – which I feel, will contribute greatly to the overall feel and atmosphere of the show. I also have the resident pianist from that same event Thielman Janse van Vuuren laying down the harmony, while jam session regular James Lombard (who is definitely one of my favourites) taking the role of drummer. The music itself will be a mixture of jazz, hip hop, ghoema, pop, soul and rock – so definitely something for everyone

Here is a snippet of how my show went down last year, courtesy of Adrian Rogowski:

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By the way, what do you think of the poster? I did it myself with a little help from my girlfriend Sam.

If you’re interested in attending this event, it takes place at the NEW Aan de Braak Theatre (at Erftehuis opposite the Sasol Art Museum) on 10th March. Tickets cost R80, but can be pre-booked.

Will keep you in the know of further developments.

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