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The Catharina! The Boutique Farm Festival interviews!

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Jirre, ek kan nie wag om hierdie Rasta broers en susters te sien uitfok op stage nie! Kom ons mission weer bietjie in ‘n ander musikale rigting. Die hele evolusie van The Catharina was nogal iets wat ek nie mooi voorheen verstaan het nie. Nou kan julle saam met my verstaan!

The Catharina! Tune bietjie die Watkykertjies. Musiek is al baie jare ‘n groot deel van jou lewe maar dis eers twee of drie jaar terug dat jy voltyds begin musiek maak het? Wat het jou inspireer om so stap te neem? Wat was die beweegrede?
Thanks, Rolbees. Ek glo alles het sy bepaalde tyd. Ek was altyd besig met musiek – studies, teater, dosent. Dit was ‘n hele “journey” voor ek tot Catharina ontwikkel het. Ek het baie jare musiek geskryf voor ek die musiek vir die eerste album begin skryf het. Ek reageer meer op my instink en gevoel. Dus voor 2016 het ek ‘n hele ander pad gestap. Elke maand ‘n stukkie van my salaris weggesit om my album te betaal en tussendeur was ek besig met studies. Dit was alles oor tyd. Ek moes soms besluit: nou het ek net tyd vir my studies anders gaan ek nie klaarmaak nie. So toe alles in plek was het ek drie jaar terug my album vrygestel, my werk gelos en “die droom” nagejaag.

Pienk hare is deel van jou brand en jy heg baie waarde daaraan wat simboliek aanbetref. Hoekom is dit so belangrik vir jou? Kleur jy dit self?
Die pienk hare was eintlik ‘n totale ongeluk gewees. Ek het in 2015 hierdie “mission” aangepak om regtig myself na te jaag en deel van die hele proses was om glad nie my hare te sny nie. Vrouens het hierdie absolute weird thing om hulle hare te sny as hulle deur pyn of teleurstelling gaan en ek het bietjie teen my eie behoefte om dit te doen gestaan. So na twee jaar wou ek myself beloon deur my hare ligpienk te kleur, wat totaal en al in hierdie vibrant pink “gefail” het en dit het sy eie identiteit aangeneem. Ek was heeltemal verlief daarop en omdat dit op ‘n tyd gebeur het wat ek regtig hierdie mylpaal behaal het, het dit ‘n groot plek ingeneem in my brand. It wasn’t planned, it just happened! Ek word tans geborg deur Le Cheveux. Maar neem asb kennis dat die “pienk ongeluk” my eie doen en late was – bokskleur by die huis het gesê ligpienk. Gelukkig het ek ‘n haarkapper wat die brand love en nou is ek in hulle sorg.
Hahaha! Cool stuff! Hoekom is jou verhoognaam (of die bandnaam) ‘The Catharina’? Is dit slegs jou middelnaam in die derde persoon, of is daar iets baie meer beduidend daaromtrent?
Ek voel, soos met alles anderste wat The Catharina betref, is daar ‘n verloop van dinge wat gebeur om tot hierdie punt te kom. As mens nou die besluit neem as solo artist, wat gaan jy jouself noem? Is die keuses: gebruik jou eie naam of kies ‘n nuwe naam? Catharina is my tweede naam, dis deel van my, maar dis ‘n ander ek. My naam Catharina het meer die musiek se wese geartikuleer as my noemnaam. Catharina is tog “untamed and pure”. En die res van die entiteit daarvan het sy eie ontwikkeling ingeneem.

Ek kry ‘n sterk gevoel van persoonlike en innerlike besinning wat jou debuutalbum, The Untamed Pure (2016) aanbetref. Dit het ‘n elektroniese ambient modern-rock sound met synth kitaar, groot dromme en baie spasie. Het jy jou klank dieselfde gehou van destyds af of het jy dit verder laat evolve oor die afgelope paar jaar? Hoe sal jy jou huidige klank beskryf?
Ek dink daar is hierdie ding wat gebeur in mens se musiek wat altyd ‘n goue draad vorm. Maar dat dit ontwikkel, definitief. As ek my nuwe musiek moet beskryf sal ek sê… ek dink dis eerlik, ek dink dit is op die oomblik baie meer “organic”. Dis verseker meer indie as voorheen. Maar ek bly lief vir spasie in musiek, vir ambient sounds en vir seker tromme en perkussie. En dan belangrik vir my is die storie wat met dit gebeur. Die vorige hoofstuk is verby so die nuwe hoofstuk klink anders.

Wat kan die feesgangers by die Boutique Farm Festival hierdie komende naweek verwag as hulle jou show gaan kokkenodge en beleef?
Ek gaan meerderheid van my nuwe musiek speel. Raldo Mattheüs (bass) en Udo Stehle (kitaar) sal my vergesel. Die kombinasie van hierdie twee talentvolle musos se spel saam met my op die keys create lewe in die musiek. Ek dink dit gaan baie rou wees, baie melodies en “vibrant”. En hopelik sal mense die hart van die musiek voel, want dis tog waaroor dit gaan?

Dit lyk asof jy al reeds baie van jou drome en verwagtinge laat waar word het. Wat is die volgende hoofstuk in die storie van The Catharina en watter doelwitte wil jy graag nog bereik?
Daar is te veel! Ek is soms te bang om van die idees te deel omdat nie alles gebeur soos mens dit wil hê nie. Maar op die oomblik is daar ‘n SA toer in beplanning. Ons hou duim vas vir ‘n oorsese toer, sommer hierdie jaar nog. Die nuwe album. En as ek mag groot droom sal ek absoluut teen begin volgende jaar die nuwe album met ‘n vol behoorlike klasieke orkes met dirigent doen. Plus… ek hoop vir ‘n cool collab met ‘n fab SA artist!

Is daar al van jou fans wat op ge-pitch het by jou shows met pienk hare?
Oh gits nee… hahaha! Maar as jy dit aan my vriende oorlaat sal hulle ander mense se hare by my gigs begin pienk maak… Kom ons kyk wat gebeur!

Thanks vir jou tyd! Sien uit na die naweek!
Baie dankie Rolbees en WatKykJy! Ons is net so excited! Sien julle daar!
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Zionruts Family! The Boutique Farm Festival Interviews!

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Jirre ek is nou tempted om weer te begin drink nadat ek met Cito gesels het! Damn!

Next up: the lead singer of a band that has been slowly infiltrating the SA live circuits with unbounded passion and determination over the past few years, bringing their take on roots and reggae music to all of us that love old school roots-rock-reggae music. We have a chat with Rutsman from Zionruts Family.

Howzit Rutsman! You’re one of the few South African reggae bands jamming in de name of Jah, mon. What is it about roots-rock-reggae music that makes the Zionruts Family do what they do, everyday? Why do you love it so much?
Lekker Rolbees! The passion of how reggae draws us into music apart from growing up listening to it, motivates us towards it everyday. The message that reggae carries speaks entirely for what we represent as a band and as a family. So with that being said, I can say reggae loves us naturally and we are just complying with nature!
Seen! Reggae music is viewed by many as music of the past and yet there are still so many fans listening to it around the world. How do you keep your music relevant here in South Africa?
We keep it relevant by always upgrading from the past, going into the future as everything under the sun is coming from somewhere and going somewhere including all the other genres of music as well.

The name Zionruts Family gives us a clue of the way the members of the band relate to each other. Is this just a stage gimmick or do you live life in the same manner? How important is family to you?
We live life in the manner of looking out for each other not only in the band but even with our fans as a family is not only linked by blood but how we choose to treat everyone around us determines the word family to us.

I reviewed your latest album, Life Cycle a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not that easy to get the album online. Will you have albums for sale at the Boutique Farm Festival this weekend?
Yes, definitely! Along with that we also want to say our music is currently in the pipeline of getting it online and should be available by February along with hard copies being sold in all Musica shops.

You are most definitely a good vibes irie band, so how much ‘one love’ can we expect from the Family this weekend?
I love surprises as l never got any as l was growing up, so let’s keep it as a surprise so that we won’t spoil it…

The courts made herb legal for personal use last year. What is your message to the authorities when they decide on how to legislate going forward.
Well, the herb is a tree of life, yet can bring destruction if taken by people with wrong intentions. So as much as we fight for it to be now legalised further, we also put into consideration that there are others who abuse it and tarnish it’s rightful use. So l personally think what was done is good and the best way for everyone.
They must make sure it’s done accordingly with what was granted.

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WONDERboom! The Boutique Farm Festival interviews!

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Ek wag al lank vir die einde van Januarie! Hoeveel maande is in hierdie fokken maand? Goeie bliksem! Maar ek wag nie net lank om my pay te kry nie, ek wag ook vir die Boutique Farm Festival om in volle swang te begin! Daar gaan meer as twintig bands in aksie wees die naweek. Ek het so vier ge-interview om bietjie gees te vang solank. Kom ons begin sommer met iemand wat geen introduction nodig het nie. WONDERboom se Martin Rafael “Cito” Ottooooo!

WONDERboom is one of South Africa’s most long-standing rock groups. If not the longest. In previous interviews you’ve explained that the secrets to your longevity and success lie in the nature of the band members’ relationships with each other. The members of WONDERboom are all brothers and friends and it’s not just a business relationship. How much of this is a conscious choice by the longstanding and newer members? Or is there something more to it? Maybe a creative magnetism (or an energy) that attracts the right people over time, despite departures and tragic losses? Do you think WONDERboom’s creative energy has obtained a life of its own over the years, or is it more a case of the members choosing to be on the same frequency?
Yoh…Very profound questions! Look, we are definitely in a new and revived phase, which is undeniable. Can’t speak on behalf of Jono, but our brotherly attitude is what has kept us going. Now it seems that the sticking-it-out has paid off! We have a beautiful, strong chemistry with our current line-up and anywhere we perform, the magic is there. So, I think the bond is completely natural and it shows in our live performance – we’re like one living organism.
What do you think? Is rock music in South Africa dying a slow death? Clearly, as a rock band (because primarily that’s the main genre you’re known for) you’ve defied the “death of rock music” that’s been prophesized globally for decades now. Overseas, it may have slowed down commercially compared to the eighties and nineties but, I mean, I watched you guys perform Pantsula and Green Fever at Tuks Jool in 1997 for the very first time. It’s 2019 and you’re still here in SA, making great fucking music. What in your opinion must rock musicians in SA do to attract more fans from different genres and cultures? How can they keep it relevant, evolving, alive and make it grow even more?
I sometimes feel that rock has been busy killing itself. Our ears have evolved to such a point that, unless you’re doing something exciting and fresh, rock music can sound tired and done. A lot is caused by lack of imagination in song writing, instrumentation and production. Although I love the Blues and acknowledge its influence in our music, there’s too much of it being regurgitated right now. Probably will be hated for saying this, but how many more ways are we going to repackage the Blues until we move on? WONDERboom have always leaned towards an urban or street culture of rock and that has opened up our scope a bit. Always joke with Martin about approaching our instruments differently, the way a hip hop DJ would, for example.
Your latest album is a great success and after almost two years since its release it’s now well entrenched in the SA rock universe. Your current sets would not be the same without songs like Southern Light, Ooh La La and Praying Mantis. Something you’ve proven and solidified when opening for Guns and Roses last year. What makes a great album in today’s digital world where people can just flick and pick through thousands of tunes on music streaming services?
Thanks for the kind words about Rising Sun. We’re very proud of it. By the way, it’s only been out for just over a year! What makes a great album? The songs. It’s all about the songs. If you can get away with releasing more than four singles off it, I reckon you have something special there. Then the streamers will be playing more than one song, filling up their playlists with a nice new body of gems.

Opening for Guns and Roses. What a mind fuck. What a performance you guys conjured. What a night! Not only was your performance a high standard value-for-money show, but I felt a sense of great pride while I witnessed you raising the bar. What is the most memorable thing you’ve taken away, as a band, from that night?
Thank you so much! Surreal! It was probably our most enjoyable highlight so far. We were blessed to have such a kick-ass team holding us, making us look and sound world class! What did we take away that night? Believing in ourselves and in our music.

Befok! This coming Saturday night you’ll be headlining at the Boutique Farm Festival at Tweefontein Melkery. Kicking off 2019 early and in a big way. Any message for the fans who have yet to plan their weekend?
Guys, that venue, Tweefontein Melkery, is stunning! Such a cool place to host this festival. So much character and vibe. Also, the other bands on the line up are sick. Come party with us!

No doubt WONDERboom will not be resting on your laurels this year. What’s on the cards for the rest of the year?
We’re about to release the official music video for our latest single, In Place Of Something. Then, some cool festivals to look out for this year. Another single release in a couple of months. Santana Sessions 2 will be out soon too. And, of course, back at the drawing board with new recordings.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, bro.  I’m looking forward to seeing y’all in action this weekend.
Pleasure bro! Looking forward to having a tequila with you.

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Tanya Mityushina – Woensdag se warm bokkie

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Jy kon sekerlik die afleiding maak dat Tanya Russies is. Sy is ‘n 25-jarige model wat al werk gedoen het vir Victoria’s Secret maar het ook begin dabble in acting. Sy het al rolle gehad in movies soos Don Jon,  Rise (‘n kortfilm), The Row asook 10 Minutes Gone wat tans in post production is.


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