A friend of mine raves about the Oesfees, I thought I would check it out this year and see what it is all about……
Elvis Blue, Radio Kalahari Orkes and Emo Adams are some of the headliners taking centre stage at the ATKV Oesfees (#ATKVoesfees), to be held on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at the Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek. The eighth annual Oesfees, South Africa’s most authentic harvest festival which takes place on Human Rights Day weekend, is a feast of real Boland music and culture, and features over 100 uniquely South African performers.
An event like few others on the South African cultural calendar, the ATKV Oesfees celebrates the end of the harvest, bringing together farm workers and farm owners from the Franschhoek Valley to kuierand vastrap, along with thousands of other music lovers who enjoy a day of rural Cape sounds and flavours, under the estate’s shady oak trees.
Launched in 2008, the Oesfees has grown from a small farm celebration to a popular regional festival with over 5000 in attendance in 2014. “While now a large-scale event, the ATKV Oesfees is still as authentic as ever, touching all who perform and attend, with the power of music and gratitude,” said Mark Solms co-owner of Solms-Delta. “We are especially delighted that this year’s Oesfees falls on Human Rights Day – there couldn’t be a more appropriate day on the calendar to enjoy this unifying celebration,” said Solms.
Japie Gouws, managing director of the ATKVgroup says, “The ATKV Oesfees has shown from the very beginning that its impact is exponential, not only by showcasing acts of good existing and new talent, but also by demonstrating the potential for nation building through language and culture. Year after year the spirit and quality of the festival amaze people, and it can be said without fear of contradiction that the festival is one of the highlights on the South African culture calendar.”
The festival is also a showcase for the Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand who rose to fame with the very successful rock band Springbok Nude Girls and an important part of this festival is the 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.
Emo Adams – Love him!
The Solms-Delta music acts range from the Klein-Handjies pre-school choir and “Kaapse Klopse” style walking band, the Delta Valley Entertainers, to a top wind and percussion band, Langbroeke, with choir ensemble, Soetstemme. Also performing on their own turf will be the Papier Langarm Orkes and Lekker Lekker Delta.
Tuned Up from Morning till Night
Hannes Coetzee, a much-loved, long-standing Oesfees favourite, will be on-stage again this year. His finger picking style – “optel en knyp” combines with his unique teaspoon slide technique and he ranks as one of the most unusual slide guitarists in the world.
Performing at the Oesfees for the first time will be Elvis Blue, platinum selling singer and songwriter and Idols South Africa winner, and maverick Afrikaans singer Koos Kombuis. RKO (Radio Kalahari Orkes), returns with a repertoire of fun and festive folk tunes, backed by every instrument from guitar to kazoo. Funnyman Emo Adams, who stars in kykNET’s Jou Show met Emo has been performing on stage and television for over 15 years and has also made many appearances on the Oesfees stage.
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, joins the line-up.
Besides being a platform for established artists, the ATKV Oesfees has, over the past several years, introduced unknown cultural gems from some of South Africa’s most remote rural areas, including the Richtersveld.
This year’s Oesfees has extra meaning as it is the first at Solms-Delta since the establishment of the farm’s Music van de Caab Centre, which gives visitors yet another interactive experience with the music of the rural Cape. Opened in 2014, the centre is an integral musical piece of the heritage pie that has characterised Solms-Delta Wine Estate since the three hundred year-old Delta farm came under the stewardship of Solms, and is also the only museum in the world dedicated to Cape music.
Kaapsekos and Kids
What’s a rural music festival without tasty, soul-satisfying home-cooked food? From the Oesfees kitchen come Kaapsekos favourites made with local love, like waterblommetjie-bredie, snoek en patat andkoeksisters as well as all the salads, along with hand-held treats like samosas and hertzoggies. Solms-Delta wines, some aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan are the ‘hiervandaan’ accompaniments to the authentic Boland fare.
A total family experience, the ATKV Oesfees caters for children too with the secure Kidz Zone, where parents can sign in their children between the ages of 2 and 12 for fun, supervised entertainment and play. Arm bands for both children and their parents will be issued and children will not be allowed to leave the zone without their parents. There will be a wide selection of arts, crafts and activities, from balloon modelling and face painting to crafts and carnival games, floor games and croquet on the lawn.
Tickets are available online from www.plankton.mobi for R120 (adults) and R35 (children 2-12 years – includes access to the secure ‘sign-your-kid-in’ Kidz Zone), or at the gate for R150 on the day. Members of Gemeenskap, Solms-Delta’s community-based wine club, can purchase tickets for R99. Entry for children under 2 years is free. Gates open 9am; musical acts from 10am – 8pm.
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