A special and exclusive music series with Zolani Mahola, Jitsvinger and Native Young awaits music enthusiasts in the first ever Virtual Absa Kuierkamer.
The ever-popular Absa Kuierkamer is presented in virtual form as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK)’s online festival this year.
“Although a visit to Oudtshoorn for the KKNK was not possible this year, Absa brought a variety of landmarks across town to life, with festival experiences and performances festivalgoers would expect to enjoy during the physical festival. The programme of the Virtual Absa Kuierkamer is presented for free, and viewers can enjoy it in the comfort of their own homes,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK.
“The KKNK is equally well-known for its music offering and the beautiful region of the Karoo, specifically the Klein Karoo, which plays host to this festival. For this reason, we are extremely honoured to exclusively host and launch Rootspring’s The Karoo Project on the Virtual Absa Kuierkamer. This series does not only include extraordinary musicians but also boasts the beautiful and magical Karoo as a backdrop,” Theart concludes.
The Karoo Project with Mahola, Jitsvinger and Native Young was recorded by Rootspring Music in the desert landscapes of the Karoo after the first lockdown. This unique experience, created in nature by musicians eager to play music again, captures these soundscapes in their most raw and stripped-down form. Pippa Ehrlich, the Oscar-winning director of My Octopus Teacher, was a consultant on the project. My Octopus Teacher, was a consultant on the project.
Yusuf Ganief, CEO of Rootspring NPC, says their core purpose is to support artists and allow their creative expression to be the voice of conscience, to depict the mood of a nation. “The Karoo Project was born through a need to find ways of expressing this voice during a very challenging lockdown period,” he says.
Mahola’s Thetha Mama is a reminder to humanity to reinvigorate the respect and humility that we once embodied towards Mother Earth. Jitsvinger's Doenit is a head bobbing, high energy piece that speaks directly to one’s inner child and ability to move and let go. Graveyard by Native Young (Yannick Meyer & Mohau) is a deeply personal song about the ephemeral essence of life and mankind’s inevitable return to source – to nature.
“The silence and reflective nature of the Karoo brought out the innermost longing of the artists for peace and our global need to reconnect with nature – with Mother Earth – as Zolani so aptly echoes with Thetha Mama. We recognise the need to explore alternate ways to assist our struggling artists, but also find creative expression that inspires and restores hope in a time of great uncertainty. Our intention is to continue with similar projects, and we are proud to be associated with KKNK and Absa,” Ganief concludes.
Zolani Mahola’s Thetha Mama is now available to view in the Virtual Absa Kuierkamer’s theatre, via the KKNK-website. Jitsvinger’s Doenit will be launched in the beginning of October and Native Young’s Graveyard in the beginning of November.
The Karoo Project is produced by Rootspring in association with the KKNK, supported by Absa and Business Arts South Africa (BASA).
The Virtual Absa Kuierkamer is presented for three months until November 2021 and a variety of free content can be explored at www.kknk.co.za. For more information, also visit the KKNK’s social media pages on Instagram and Facebook.