I mentioned before that I started playing bass for Solms Delta’s Musiek van de Caab outreach project last week Thursday, under leadership of Adriaan Brand (also of famous SAMA award-winning rock band Springbok Nude Girls). I initially stood in for last Thursday’s music tour, an indigenous Cape music performance for tourists (I’ve done two of those since) – now, I’m their resident bassist. For the string of gigs I did for them over the weekend, I had to learn something like 10 new songs last Wednesday. Granted, some were quite familiar since I did two session gigs for them over Christmas in 2012 – but still, a memory gap of nearly two years is quite a hole to fill.
This Saturday is their annual Oesfees (Harvest Festival) – Solms Delta’s biggest event of the year. The farm is expecting in excess of 5000 people attending, which will include the public, farmers, farm workers and large media outlets including Radio Sonder Grense/RSG – who’ll be doing a live broadcast and ETV. The event’s headliners include Karen Zoid, Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels, Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen, Loukmaan Adams and Albert Frost.
I’ve literally been on the farm everyday since Thursday either performing or rehearsing for this event. On Tuesday I got hit with another 10 songs to learn – hectic! So it’s been a little touch and go, but admittedly I’m getting there! In the band with me is Adriaan (trumpet, accordion), Nick Turner (guitar) and Carlo Fabe (drums) – all professional music stalwarts in their own right.
I’ll be playing pretty much the whole day from 10am – 8pm and thereafter, I have to rush off to Aandklas for a gig with Brother & Brother, Four a Penny and Sexy Bamboo! I can’t imagine how exhausted I’m going to be after all this. It’s gonna be one long week…end!
22 March – Oesfees at Solms Delta/Brother & Brother at Aandklas with Four a Penny and Sexy Bamboo
27 March – Solms Delta Soetstemme at Fyndraai
30 March – Kuila Expression Session
3 April – Brother & Brother at Bohemia
26 April – Brother & Brother at Roeshdien Jaz’s EP Launch with Siphokazi Jonas, Nassau Auditorium