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K-Day Kicks off Summer

2008-11-20 11:31
Putting crowd pullers - Idols winners Jody Williams and pop rockers The Parlotones - at the beginning of the line-up was a clever move by KFM - by lunchtime, the field at Lourensford Wine Farm was packed to bursting point, and the early birds who put their picnic blankets at the front were being benignly trampled underfoot by excited and friendly punters.

K-Day boasted a line-up that put Afrikaans chick-power rocker Karen Zoid in the line-up next to the schmaltzier-than-thou Thabo Mdluli, next to Watershed, followed by Jamali - who lets face it, are a site for sore eyes, specially now they've got male backing dancers to set them off. It's nice to see people mixing it up like that.

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- Freshlyground sings M'acheri (broadband)
- Watershed & Jamali (broadband)
- Thabo Mdluli duet (broadband)
Freshlyground always amaze me with their ability to pull in and kick ass. You think you've seen them one too many times… but you never have.

And Johnny Clegg, thankfully, has stopped giving lectures on Maskandi and started playing music again. By the time he hit the stage, dead on schedule, with the light softening and the bar closed (to many's indignation) it had been a worthwhile day of music, and a party to announce the start of one of the best things about being South African - live music outdoors in beautiful, safe places.

Everyone was waving their hands in the air. Except for those rushing to their cars loaded with picnic baskets and tired kids, to get the jump on the parking queues.

- Jean Barker

p.s. If that sounds good, look out for our coverage of music happening in your city. Kirstenbosch's Summer Sunsets, and events at Emmerentia Dam in Jozi and Durban's Botanic Gardens are the big ones to look out for in our Gig Guide.

11 000 people, many of them children, and the rest merry enough from beer and wine to behave like children, in a meadow in the hot sun, plus a few DJS? It sounds like a nightmare, but with great music and jumping castles in the mix, it's actually really fun.

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