Rapport Winter Opskop

2008-07-14 19:36
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The impressive line-up kicked off with Bles Bridges’s long lost son, Jannie Moolman. His cameo was followed by Idols survivor Bianca la Grange and Jak de Priester, who particularly enjoyed playing to the 5 000 strong capacity crowd. After, an endearing set from Bobby van Jaarsveld plunged a few girls into the throes of teenage love and set everyone else up for the three big hitters: Jody, Dozi & Eden.

A petite Jody Williams transcended her modest stature with larger-than-life vocals and a swinging set of hips. The Cape starlet is still in the infancy of a post-Idols career, though, and the result was a set full of covers from the R&B charts. Not that anyone minded: even in retreading her Idols career she managed to thrill the audience. The cherry on her pie was undoubtedly the finale, when she sung her new single “Kiss of Life” to the packed arena.

Dozi may not be fashionable or look like Colin Farrell, and maybe he would only come a close second to Chuck Norris in an upside down arm-wrestling match, maar hy kan jol. The big man from Standerton not only took to the live stage with gusto, but managed to get quite a few chuckles out of his audience with stand-up comedy quips. All this despite a recent health scare threatening his vocal chords. Dozi fans were treated to his latest treffers from the Wat Kom Nou? album and a bit of Credence Clearwater Revival, but “Ryperd” made only a short appearance, to everyone’s dismay.
People love writing off boy bands, but Eden won’t care, as they are positively huge in some parts of the country. The platinum-selling pop trio instantly changed the tempo at Grand West, inviting the audience to sokkie and swoon as they cast their professionally dreamy eyes across the arena. Their best moment came with their newish hit “Kwart oor vyf”, a Boyzone meets DJ Ossewa number about a guy who arrives just too late to stop a wedding. Shame. It was clear, in any event, who had brought the loudest fans to the event and Eden left the stage with even more of them than before.

A “surprise” collaboration with all the artists at the end of the show turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. It takes practice to make 10 different voices sound good together, and perhaps there just hadn’t been enough before the event. Still, it was soon over and one missed opportunity couldn’t spoil the night for anyone.

When the party does come to you, it seems, entertainment magic happens. After this event, a lot of people will be hoping that the big guns of Afrikaans pop don’t stay away for too long.

- Kep Stander

Arts festivals like the KKNK and Aardklop are all well and good, but city folk tend to prefer the party to come to them. For fans of Afrikaans pop, then, the Rapport Winter Opskop in Cape Town was just what the doctor ordered.

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