An all inclusive folk festival

2016-09-20 06:00
Empangeni’s Qadasi will be performing on Thursday 29 September and Saturday 1 October.

Empangeni’s Qadasi will be performing on Thursday 29 September and Saturday 1 October.

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The Blah Blah Bar in Gardens will be celebrating Heritage Month with an Interplanetary Folk Festival from Monday 25 September until Sunday 2 October.

As the festival’s name implies, the festival is focused on an inclusive theme of South African Folk that reflects the vibrant diversity that is synonymous with South Africa’s many flavours and music tastes. Each artist on the bill was handpicked to reflect this. Qadasi, MXO and Luna Paige are some of the artists on the line-up who will be performing at Blah Blah for the first time ever.

The festival’s aim to challenge the idea that folk music is narrative-based, made by hippies using acoustic instruments, and singing in English.

“From the outset, Interplanetary Folk will be as inclusive as possible, in the hope of changing the perception of what folk music is, and drawing new audiences. Hence you will find that we have invited Maskandi, Afrikaans, ethno-country and many other diverse practitioners to join our line-up of the usual Folk suspects,” says Carsten Rasch, owner of the Blah Blah Bar and organiser of the festival.

Some of the artists will also host comprehensive music workshops at the venue everyday between 14:00 and 16:00 from Tuesday 27 September until Saturday 1 October.

The opening night will feature performances by Riku Lätti and Churchill Naude, MXO & Sliq Angel and Ottoman Slap from 18:30 with the Simon van Gend Band, Luna Paige and Mxo and Sliq Angel on stage on Tuesday.

Wednesday sees performances by Roxton met Herki, Dizu Plaatjies and Mr. Cat & the Jackal, followed by Laurie Levine & Josie Field, Guy Buttery and Qadasi on Thursday.

Laurie Levine, Josie Field and Guy Buttery are back on the Friday night with Paige Mac, before Steve Newman and Hilton Schilder, Anton Goosen and Qadasi perform on Saturday.

Gert Vlok Nel and Derek Gripper will close the festival on Sunday 2 October. V Tickets for the festival are available at Quicket.co.za. Visit www.facebook.com/BlahBlahBarCPT for more about the festival.

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