The routes that bind stars of the present and the future

The routes that bind stars of the present and the future

By Ian Bredenkamp

Cape Town has seen its fair share of events of late. Lately we’ve hosted the Cape Town Carnival, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Race, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and this coming weekend the Cape Town Jazz Festival. All these events pump millions of rands into our economy and employ many people. Some of the world’s biggest stars are jetting into the Cape to play the stages in and around the CTICC this weekend as part of the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Music fans can look forward to seeing the likes of The Brand New Heavies, Jill Scott, Kirk Whalum and Buena Vista Social Club, all of whom are on the bill. Local heavyweights include Mi Casa, Jimmy Dludlu and Claire Phillips. The bad news? It sold out weeks ago. The good news? There’s always next year!

These big events draw unlikely participants sometimes – Danny K was in the Cape last week for the Two Oceans Marathon, for instance. Danny recently took up running and this was to be his first race.

I caught up with him before the mini marathon and he was excited for his 21km debut. He says his newlywed wife, Lisa, has been very supportive of his new hobby after he was inspired to take up running by long-time friend and collaborator, (and also newlywed) Kabelo Mabelane. Danny also brought me his new song, ‘Brown Eyes’. It has a cool pop sound that’ll remind you of Justin Timberlake and 1980s era Prince. Take a listen to it on www.soundcloud.com/j23-records. Danny tweeted after his race, saying “I’m hurting in places I never knew existed, and I’d do it all over again tom – well maybe not tom”. Follow him on Twitter @dannykmusic.

I’ve spent the past six days in Oudtshoorn at the annual Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) enjoying some of our country’s best live entertainment offerings in theatre and music, catching some visual arts along the way as well.
I was bowled over by a production called ‘#Checkityt@Route62’. The show is the brainchild of celebrated Capetonian showman Pedro Kruger. He wanted to unearth and celebrate the God-given talent of youngsters who live on the R62 – the road that leads from Worcester to Oudtshoorn, which is a popular route to travel to the KKNK.

Kruger sent emails to High Schools in Worcester, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, holding casting calls in the respective school halls. He unearthed incredible local talent, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds and created a showcase for them at the KKNK.

These new stars include an 11 year who plays piano like a maestro, a teen who’s mastered a robot dance, a young girl who delivered a goose bumps-inducing drama recital and many more. The show gives one hope and optimism for the younger generation of South Africans. I asked Kruger if he’s planning to take the show elsewhere too  – he says he’s putting his feelers out for a possible Cape Town run.
Please go and see it if it does roll around in these parts– it makes shows like ‘American Idol’ and ‘SA’s Got Talent’ pale in comparison.

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