Main feature: Live show at Die BoerThis is a passionate, delicately crafted performance of material that's mainly from Ek Herhaal Jou - an album so emotionally uncompromising it has all the more power for its strange simplicity. Even when performing songs where Ingrid Jonker's lyrics could have been taken lightly by some, Chameleon finds the massive pathos in the comedy, molding the seemingly upbeat tune and comedic lyrics to expose the fury behind them in a way that nobody's really done in Afrikaans since David Kramer with Die Verhaal Van Blokkies Joubert and a few isolated tracks on Bakgat.
The live performance has been filmed and edited without flashy effects or audience closeups - the most you'll hear from the crowd is the reverent response of their applause. Chameleon's performance is quite different from his antics onstage with monki-punk band Boo! But in one way it's similar because it's so appropriate to the material.
For more about the material, check out our podcast with Chris Chameleon (you can just download it if you don't want to subscribe to the whole series) and our review of the Ek Herhaal Jou CD (there are clips from the songs).
"OO AA" opens the second half of the live show, and it's a little jarring - more likely to attract you back to the TV to check if your DVD player is skipping than for any other reason. Chameleon can be fairly theatrical. The part tender, part shouty delivery of "Wishboan" is near on the mark. The English songs are definitely more on the camp, performance art side (you know, funny voices and that sort of stuff), though interspersed with moments of touching earnestness.
The earnestness may not have been enough for a few members of the audience, who were clearly expecting mainly Ingrid Jonker set to music (or had lost all feeling in their legs) because a number of ooms and tannies in the audience remain seated for the standing ovation.
The Making Of shows Chris taking the camera round to meet the people lighting, doing sound and filming and otherwise stage managing the live show at Die Boer, Dowwe Dolla and husband's venue. They've also included sound check and pre-show work, to give you some idea of just how simultaneously tedious and terrifying the glam world of rock can be. Plus there's a brief appearance from Twakkie, who introduces the show. Using comedians is a long held tradition for Chameleon (Alyn Adams always announced Boo! back in the day).
Music Videos Great music videos for "As Jy Slaap" and "Die Onverkrygbare" featuring a bare chested Chris Chameleon and interrupted by informative voiceovers in both cases. Both are by Just Push Play and are directed by Albert Venter.
Fans love this DVD, and the music videos are likely to earn Chameleon some new admirers, if they get the TV airtime they deserve.
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