The iconic Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s 45th festival year kicks off on Friday, 28 February 2020, with a booming night of rock and electronic music – brought to your ear drums by Akkedis Band and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
First up is Akkedis’s Afrikaans rock, infused with African, reggae and blues sounds, to get everyone in the party mood. The Dennis-twins, Arthur and Rudolph, strummed their first chord at the age of 12 after being exposed to everyone from Neil Young to Bob Marley. When Adrian John Graham joined the group, their sound progressed into the timeless rock South Africans have known and enjoyed for over two decades. They average four shows a week and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Whether in Zulu, Afrikaans or English, there’s nothing these guys can’t do.
Hot on their heels follows Durbanville’s Heuwels with their futuristic electronics, intertwined with subtle guitar elements and intelligent lyrics. Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Greeff, Sheldon Yoko and Fred den Hartog are revered for their unique music and their energetic live performances, and have gathered a large and wide fan base since their inception in 2008. The Heuwels has played at all the major festivals in South Africa and has shared the stage with notable international acts, including Kings of Leon. They have also toured to the Netherlands, Belgium and UK. Keep an ear open for their latest singles, released in December 2019.
Beverage and food stalls as well as secure parking will be available; please remember to bring warm clothes and blankets. The concert starts at 19:00, but the gates open at 17:00 which gives visitors enough opportunity to take a closer look at this historic sculpture while the summer sun sets. There is also an outdoor exhibition of poems in the Groen Galery, children’s playgrounds and beautiful views of the Cape Peninsula and Boland Mountains. Alas no fires, dogs and own food or drinks are allowed.
Tickets cost only R150 for adults and R70 for children under 13. It can be purchased in advance at the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain, at the Taalmuseum in Paarl (021 872 3441/863 0543) and online via Computicket (www.computicket.co.za). More on Die Heuwels Fantasties at www.dieheuwels.co.za and on Akkedis Band at www.facebook.com/AkkedisSA.
Friday evening is part of a weekend-long festival of music, stories, children’s entertainment and a market on the beautiful Paarl Mountain. There is also a fun walk, yoga, jazz and poetry class to ensure everyone enjoys celebrating one of Africa’s youngest languages. The multilingual, multicultural program with amongst others Jak de Priester, Lungi, Jaloersbokkies and V.I.T.O will showcase Afrikaans in all its beautiful forms, reminding speakers and non-speakers of the unique, welcoming spirit of this plucky language. For details on the 2020 festival programme, see www.taalmuseum.co.za/festival-programme-1975-2020/
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 programs, 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.