It’s hard writing about people that you know and love. It’s hard telling a story without taking a side. It’s hard stating facts when your emotions play a key role in what you thing and who you are. I’m going to try and tell you a story and I hope you enjoy it, whether I’m being biased or not.
Almost a year ago I had the privilege of meeting the girls from Afrikaans rock band, SAARKIE at the Otterlake Easter Festival. We were sitting around in the early hours of the morning and we met a friend of theirs and we made her coffee. She introduced us to them and from there on we became friends.
Then they got on stage and blew everybody away with their skill as musicians, their vocal ability and highly energetic performance style. From staging their original songs to covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” & Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” nobody at that show was disappointed. As with every festival you tell a lot of people that you’re going to see them again and you rarely do, but soon after that we had the chance to see SAARKIE in a “Versus Gig” in Nelspruit. We said we’d see them again, so we decided that we had to just put foot to the floor and make the drive to Nelsparta.
We didn’t have a lot of money or a lot of energy or patience, but Baas de Beer bought us all soft-serve ice cream on the way and that soothed the pain of our sleepless night and hangover. We got to “Die Stoep” in Nelspruit and I remember Adele looking at the four of us and saying “You guys look, really, really tired”. I said “Yes. Yes, we do. I’ll find a way to fix that though…”
That night we once again witnessed SAARKIE in action and in my humble, biased opinion based on the fact that I’ve been in the music industry for 10 years and that I’ve worked with top local and international artists I have to say that the girls kicked the other band to the floor and destroyed them musically and talent wise. The other band had some great moments but lacked an all round feel of unity.
After that I’ve seen these girls, nay, women perform many times. From acoustic days at the Otterlake Sunday events to opening for Dilana to having to watch them leave to tour the rest of SA. We’ve spent days braai-ing, jamming, swimming and I’ve sat around watching them practice and hone their separate crafts. I’ve rarely come across people so convicted and so full of fervour and commitment to their arts.
In all this time they’ve also recorded their brand new CD called “Reisiger” and they released the first single off that album “Dullstroom” at the end of last year. I don’t know much about the album yet, but I’ve seen and heard some things which I believe will not only boost their career and send it into a new thrilling direction, but I also believe that it will be a fantastic contribution to the Afrikaans music market.
So to see if I’m right, I’m going to attend their album launch at Firkin next week Saturday, the 28th of February 2015. SAARKIE will be on stage at 21:30 and entrance is R40. Merch and the album will be available at the show.
They will also be joining me on the Montage on The Grind Radio next week Wednesday at 19:00 to talk about the new album, the launch and we might even work in a jam. They we’re there last year and we had a blast.
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