Soothe your ears with these spoken words and music
V.I.T.O, Elias P. Nel and Jak de Priester help celebrate the Taalmonument’s 45th Festival
The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s (ATM’s) 45th festival year presents an exciting, top-notch programme with music and stories on Saturday afternoon, 29 February 2020. The ever-popular Jaloersbokkies, V.I.T.O, Elias P Nel, The Unknown Dance Crew and Jak de Priester will entertain the guests as part of a full day with many other activities. They all form part of the Taalmonument’s weekend-long celebrations that include children’s entertainment, a fun walk, yoga, jazz concert, rock-tronic concert, poetry class and market on the stunning Paarl Mountain.
Die Jaloersbokkies – as Kaaps as breyani and koesisters, like ghoema and winter rains – will kickstart this event. These true ladies and gentlemen are dressed in outfits reminiscent of the 1950s, and perform nostalgic songs to boot. Next up is Vito Heyn, or V.I.T.O, a young rapper from Namaqualand that is rapidly gaining ground thanks to his original indigenous Nam-Afrikaans lyrics and out-of-this-world style. A first for Afrikaans. He his followed by Elias P Nel, who needs no introduction. This ‘bek sonner brieke’ is a superb storyteller that has everyone hanging on his every word with stories filled with bittersweet and exuberant humour. The Unknown Dance Crew is up next. Armed with gloves and masks, this group of crazy theatrical dancers have surprised audiences time and time again with their unexpected, fast-paced performances on the beat of original musical combinations. Truly unique!
Last but not least, is Jak de Priester. Since this singer and poet’s debut album, numerous number-one hits, accolades, awards, nominations and successful albums have followed – hear for yourself why ‘Jak’ and ‘singing sensation’ are often mentioned in the same breath.
This event starts at 13:00, and is open to anyone with a day ticket. The multilingual, multicultural programme will showcase Afrikaans in all its beautiful forms, reminding speakers and non-speakers of the unique, welcoming spirit of this plucky language. In addition to the children’s playgrounds and outdoor games, some energetic child minders will keep the young ones out of harm’s way with a puppet show, face painting and more.
Day tickets cost R80 for adults and R40 for children under 13 – this includes all activities and performances from 10am. It is available for purchase at the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain, at the Taalmuseum in Paarl (021 872 3441/863 0543) and online via Computicket (www.computicket.co.za). Unfortunately, no own food or drinks are allowed. For details on the 2020 festival program, see www.taalmuseum.co.za/festival-programme-1975-2020/
There is also a 5km fun walk (at 08:00, R30 for adults and R10 for children under 13) on Saturday in aid of the Taalmonument’s literacy project. Saturday’s festival day also follows on Friday night’s, the 28th, rock-tronic music of Akkedis Band – Afrikaans rock with a strong blend of African, reggae and blues influences – as well as Die Heuwels Fantasties’ futuristic electronics intertwined with subtle guitar elements and intelligent lyrics. Beverages and food stalls available; remember warm clothes and blankets.
The Taalmonument manages, among other things, a literacy project, ‘adopted’ a school in honour of Nelson Mandela and sponsors free transport to the monument. By simply attending the festival events, guests support the outreach programmes, so a big ‘Baie dankie!’ in advance. Guests are also encouraged to donate a new or second hand children’s book to the Visitor Centre in support of the ‘Let’s Read!’ project.
For more information on all the other events, apart from the 2020 celebrations, at the Taalmonument, call 021 863 0543/4809, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.