Music Musts: Too cool for school

Music Musts: Too cool for school
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

Have you ever wanted to time warp back to your school days for nostalgia’s sake? Well, this Thursday, my fellow Kfm presenters and I are heading to Camps Bay High to take-on the learners in a variety of activities, from soccer to general knowledge (and yes, I’m slightly petrified).
It’s been a quite a while since I was in school. I’ve visited my alma mater – SACS – a few times, but more as a guest of the school to judge competitions, and not as a guest in a competition! Let’s put it this way: I’m secretly crossing my fingers that I can be the goalie in the football match and that all the questions asked are ones I know from watching shows like ‘QI’, ‘The Weakest Link’, and ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’

I’ve got to say, I do have rather fond memories from my school days; from playing rugby like a boss (for the D-team), to being the gory lead character of ‘Sweeny Todd’ in the school play (which earned me full colours for drama), to singing in the choir (especially when we teamed up with the girl schools), to the cruel schoolboy pranks we’d play on our teachers (we had a somewhat short teacher whose whiteboard markers we’d hide on top of the board every time he left the classroom), to chanting the war-cry at school matches (and scaring the living daylights out of the opposing team).

If I had to summarize what we had back at school in one word, I think it’d have to be the Afrikaans word for spirit, “gees!”, and I’ll tell you where a lot of school gees will be happening over the next few weeks: at the V&A Waterfront. Why? Well, because there’s a high school band-slam taking place every Friday in February (and let me tell you now that you should get ready to be wowed, because I’ve seen a few of these type of events in the past and these kids really know how to rock!)

This Friday, February 7, San Souci, St Josephs Marist College and Bergvliet High will be performing at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. Then on Friday, February 14 (“Single Awareness Day”, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day), Wynberg Boys, Milnerton High, and SACS will take to the stage; Friday, the, February 21 will feature Somerset College, Heathfield High, and Wynberg Girls competing; and Friday, February 28 will see Westerford, Rustenberg and Settlers square off. On all days the bands start playing from 6pm and entrance is free. The winner of the band-slam will be announced on March 7 (…and of course, I’m putting my money on SACS, who’s Senior Jazz Band won the competition last year).
Another place you’ll find a whole lot of gees is the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival at the Grand Parade on Darling Street, which is taking place this whole weekend, Friday to Sunday, February 7 to 9.

Some of my favourites on the line-up include: Crazy White Boy, DJ Black Coffee, Haezer, and Jullian Gomes & Culoe De Song.
Tickets range from R200 (for a day pass) to R500 (for a weekend pass), and are available at
If you thought that was all the gees one could fit into a weekend, I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint you, as gees will be flowing free at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl this Saturday, February 8, because Elvis Blue will be performing as part of the Summer Picnic Series in aide of the “Laat ons Lees!” reading project for children. The event kicks-off at 8pm and tickets are R120 for adults and R50 for children under 18 years (if pre-bought at, or R130 for adults and R60 for children if bought at the gate. For more information, call 021 863 4809.
So, get into the gees, feel young again, and enjoy a rocking weekend.

Twitter: @JonathanDuguid