Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston, Emo Adams and Die Heuwels Fantasties are some of the headliner acts performing at the ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees 2013, now in its sixth year. Following on last year’s sold-out event, the festival will rock the Franschhoek Valley with rural music, lekker Kaapsekos and good cheer on Saturday 23 March, 2013 at the Solms-Delta wine estate, with over 100 uniquely South African performers on stage.
The ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees gives thanks for and celebrates not only the end of the harvest, but also the real music and culture of the Boland, with its deep heart, soul and history. An event like few others on the South African cultural calendar, the Oesfees brings together farm workers and farm owners from the valley to kuier and vastrap, celebrating their hard work and the Cape’s rich cultural heritage with traditional Boland rural music and kaapsekos. Since 2008, Solms-Delta and the ATKV have taken the traditional harvest celebration to the next level, growing it from a small event to a full house with big name performers, which all music lovers can attend and enjoy. Last year, the Festival was sold out by mid-day with 5000 in attendance.
“In South Africa, we do not always do enough to show our appreciation to the workers of our country,” said Mark Solms of Solms-Delta. “This acknowledgement is the spark that ignited the Oesfees six years ago, and music the catalyst for uniting people of all backgrounds in this day of celebration. Anyone with heart and soul cannot help but be moved by the outstanding and authentic music, rich cultural heritage and spirit of togetherness that pervade the Valley during the Oesfees.”
The ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees is also a showcase for the Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls and an important part of this festival are performances by Solms-Delta’s very own home-grown bands amongst all the top talent. The project seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent. The Solms-Delta music acts range from the Klein-Handjies pre-school choir and “Kaapse Klopse” style walking band to a top wind and percussion band, Langbroeke, with female choir ensemble, Soetstemme. Also performing on their own turf will be the Delta Valley Entertainers, Delta Vastrap Genootskap and Lekker Lekker Delta.
Emcees at the festival will be effervescent 7de Laan duo, Vinette Ebrahim and Christo Davids, who will introduce a host of South African favourites.
RKO (Radio Kalahari Orkes), returns with a repertoire of fun and festive folk tunes, backed by every instrument from guitar to kazoo.
From Cape Town comes Hot Water, called “SA’s most happening band” by the Mail & Guardian, whose music incorporates elements of traditional South African music (such as kwela, mbaqanga, sakkie-sakkie, ghoema, maskandi, and kwasa kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock.
Other popular musical names include Tidal Waves, known as ‘the hardest working reggae band in South Africa’, whose original reggae music is coloured with traditional African music influences, Afrikaans hip-hop/folk fusion band Tribal Echo, renowned spoon-slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee and the legendary Valiant Swart Band, who have been rocking South African stages for more than twenty years.
Music and dance are inseparable partners, and at the Oesfees, they converge in riveting Rieldans performances by senior winners of the ATKV’s national Rieldans 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 Rieldans is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
Kos, Kids and Jumping Castles
No rural musical treat would be complete without the real flavours of the Cape. From the Oesfees kitchen comes Kaapsekos favourites made with local love, like chicken breyani, venison pie, beef afval curry and Cape-style braaivleis with all the salads, along with hand-held treats like samoosas and herzogs. Solms-Delta wines, aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan, are the ‘hiervandaan’ accompaniments to the authentic Boland fare.
When they’re not bopping and clapping to the beat, children under 12 will have access to a special Kiddie’s Area with the look and feel of a Circus Carnival. Operated by Kidz at Heart, the three tents will host carnival games, a circus craft table, face painting, balloon animals and various other activities throughout the day, as well as outside water games and a jumping castle, all overseen by qualified staff.
Tickets to the ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees cost R95 for early birds during January, R120 per person if pre-booked at the farm or online from www.ticketbreak.co.za or on Facebook.com/solmsdelta. Pre-booking is strongly advised, but limited tickets will be available at the gate for R140. Children under 12years cost R20 which includes access to the kiddie’s area. Food, wine and beverages are on sale at the event. For information, see www.solms-delta.co.za or call 021 874 3937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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