We chat to local songstress Luna Paige about her new music and upcoming shows

Luna Paige. (Photo: Supplied)
Luna Paige. (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - Luna Paige recently released a brand new Afrikaans single, Groot Is Jy - her first Afrikaans song since the release of her album Storielied four years ago.

Luna, who has been active in the music industry since 2003, has been very busy the last couple of years and together with her new music in Afrikaans, she’s also started a production company spearheading shows such as Korreltjie Kantel, the Lovemore Show and Die Ander Konsert.

We had a chat to find out more, check it out here:

Channel24: You’ve recently released a new Afrikaans single, Groot is Jy, and a video. Tell us a bit more about the song and why you decided to do some Afrikaans music again.

Luna: What seems like the other day I fell in love and felt very overwhelmed by the feeling. I also visited the Karoo frequently and totally lost my heart to the vastness and openness of its landscapes. Being in love in some sense feels like the Karoo to me. It is what the song is about. I wrote the song specifically to be incorporated into an Afrikaans music show I produced, called Die Ander Konsert. I also decided to release a couple of Afrikaans songs through the course of the year – mostly songs which were written for productions I put together, or were inspired by literature I read and of course also to introduce any new songs that find their way into my world. Afrikaans is my mother tongue and it seems inevitable that as I mature it becomes a more integral part of my creative process. I will however be releasing some brand new English music in 2016 as well.

C24: You’ve also started a new production company and it sounds like you will be doing some exciting things this year. Can you tell us more about it and what you guys are aiming to do this year?

Luna: Yes. Iluminar Productions. First and foremost it is a production company that promotes and manages a variety of music productions. At this stage we are essentially promoting Korreltjie Kantel (debut in March at the Woordfees), the Lovemore Show (new music and national tour kicking off in April), Die Ander Konsert (which will be returning to the stage in the second half of the year), as well as various other shows which will be announced when we officially launch the company. We will also be co-hosting a beautiful winter concert series at Cuveè Restaurant on Simonsig Wine Estate (as of the month of May onward).

We also specialise in providing entertainment for corporate and private events and are working on some exciting project ideas for our clients which will also be introduced to the public throughout the course of 2016 and 2017. I am working with music manager, Denise Barnes, who joined forces with me in January 2016. If people are interested in finding out more about us, concert dates and tour details, they can visit our website which will be live for the first time on the 1st of March. www.iluminarproductions.co.za. We are also proud ambassadors of The Health Promoters - a great NPO who deliver a very necessary health and education service to communities who struggle economically.

C24: What is Korreltjie Kantel and how did the project come about?

Luna: Korreltjie Kantel is a music production based on the love affair between poet Ingrid Jonker and novelist André P Brink in the 60's. Last year marked the 50 year anniversary of Jonker’s death, and on 6 February 2016 it has been 1 year since the passing of Brink. I was commissioned to put together an alternative production for the RSG Radio Arts Festival (November 2015), marking the anniversary of Jonker’s death. I recruited 4 other music groups to put music to Jonker’s poems. I approached Hatchetman, Inge Beckmann, Medicine Boy and Nick Turner. The radio audiences loved the show and I decided to take the show onto the stage. Since then the show has expanded, new ideas have been incorporated and the works and words of Andre P Brink have been included into the show (all inspired by the correspondence between Jonker and Brink as seen in the book Flame in the Snow, and Brink’s memoirs titled Fork in the Road). The bands involved in this production are myself, Nick Turner and Hatchetman. The show promises to be really beautiful, but also grooving and musically surprising.

C24: Give us one reason why people should see Korreltjie Kantel.

Luna: If you’re into musical collaborations, beautiful lyrics, if you love poetry and are a fan of Jonker and / or Brink – you will enjoy this show. Of course, if you are a fan / follower of either of the bands, it is inevitable that you will also enjoy the show. The idea is to portray the undercurrents of their love story and create emotive flashbacks into their lives – within the diverse music genres / sounds each band has to offer.

C24: Where and when can people see the show?

Luna: Korreltie Kantel can be seen at the following festivals:

Woordfees (Stellenbosch)
6 March, 12h30 at the venue Laer as Laag (opposite Stellenbosch High School)
12 March, 18h00, at the venue Laer as Laag

KKNK (Oudtshoorn)
24 March at 14h30 at the venue, Laerskool Noord
25 March at 16h30 at the venue, Laerskool Noord
For both festivals you can book your tickets through Computickets.

Upcoming solo gigs:

Luna Paige with Solosang at Die Schuur (Drostdy Museum) in Swellendam
Date: 18 Maart
Time: 19:00
Tickets cost R120 (bring your own picnic basket and drinks)
For bookings phone Moira 082 44 88 166.

Luna Paige at Schoon de Companje, Stellenbosch
Date: 19 Maart
Time: 20h00
Tickets cost R100
For bookings phone 021 883 2187 or visit www.quicket.co.za.

Listen to more of Luna’s tracks on Soundcloud, like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter for more info on her upcoming shows.