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2008-02-27 06:10
This past weekend saw Afrikaans legend Koos Kombuis on stage alongside Chris Chameleon. I must admit, I expected leagues of fans in their white bakkies and their portable chairs. It is Koos Kombuis after all. And new Afrikaans toy boy Chris. But it was pretty empty. Maybe the threat of rain made the legs go weak and people decided to stay indoors instead?

Anyway, Koos is a true legend of South African music. Rainbow bandana on his greying head and a trusted bottle of rooi wyn on a stool next to him, he smells as comforting as old furniture. Sure this furniture may be garish and old fashioned to some. But Koos represents an age and an ideology that many still bow down to. His political stance is what won him his fans. His coy sense of humour is how he has kept them. "Robert Mcbride" goes down a storm, and soon the barefooted hipsters are front stage, slowly shaking their buns to his irreverence.

Next up was former Boo! frontman Chris Chameleon. I know Chris well from the dark days of Roxy’s, when his make up and unique munki punk antics made him one of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Unlike most bands of yore, Chris has lived up to his name, and morphed into a respectable, suit wearing Afrikaans seuntjie, singing songs to a market who are fiercely loyal to their heroes. A clever, clever move, for a guy who once only played to skinny white English kids with ten cents in their back pocket. He’s impressive, immensely. Not only a gimmick, Chris has genuine talent – he writes songs that make boere meisies cry.

Emmerentia is a peaceful and chilled place to spend a Saturday afternoon. You can crack open your booze of choice, take in some Vitamin D and thank the lord that you're not standing in a queue somewhere in a mall trying to pay for something you don't really need. Wine and music and sunshine taste far, far sweeter.

Catch Arno Carstens, Louise Carver and Harris Tweed on Saturday March 1 and the Choral Encounters (featuring the likes of Kahn The Parlotones and HHP) on March 8. The massive Blues Jazz Festival finale on March 15 spotlights local favourites like Jim Neversink, Syd Kitchen and Robin Auld alongside international folksy lady Michelle Shocked. Get your picnic basket out of the attic and wipe off the dribble. It's time to party!

- Painter Jane

Saturday Afternoons in Joburg are usually pretty dull. You either go out for lunch, to the local pub or spend meaningless amounts of money at the mall. Mall brain drain is a sickness. I hate mall culture. It’s so American. I feel like a teenager with a fake American accent when I walk down the Sandton boulevard. So it is with much relief that Old Mutual has given us something new to do: partake in a mini music festival vibe at their Encounters/Summer Concerts staged every Saturday at the Emmaren publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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