Deutschland ist ihre zweite Heimat und deutsche Fans sind wie Südafrikaner
(Autorin/ Editor: Anne Schroeter)
The Parlotones ist die international erfolgreichste Band, die Südafrika zurzeit zu bieten hat. Den endgültigen Durchbruch schafften sie in Europa zur WM 2010 mit der Beisteuerung des Titelliedes, der Live-Übertragungen der ARD (The Parlotones – Come Back As Heroes). Sie werden als Südafrikas Coldplay und Radiohead bezeichnet, überraschen jedoch auch mit Einzigartigkeiten. So haben sie zum Beispiel einen Rotwein (Giant Mistake) herausgebracht – weitere sind in Arbeit – und zur Amtseinführungszeremonie von Jacob Zuma (Präsident Südafrikas) gespielt. Obwohl die Euphorie der WM in Südafrika nachgelassen hat bzw. ganz verschwunden ist, spürt man die Nachwehen des Großereignisses deutlich. Endlich konnte man der Welt beweisen, dass man in der Lage ist solch ein Mega-Event zu organisieren. Mit diesem neu erlangten Selbstvertrauen und dem infrastrukturellen Fortschritt sei es nun möglich die gesellschaftlichen Probleme des Landes anzugehen.
Im September und Oktober tourten sie durch Europa und waren insbesondere von Deutschland begeistert. Denn hier spielen sie vor deutschen Fans, fühlen aber, als wären es Südafrikaner. Alle Konzerte waren ausverkauft und eine nächste Tour ist für April nächsten Jahres geplant. Dann werden sie wohl wieder die warme südafrikanische Sonne vermissen. Dafür aber auch unvergessliche Konzerte, vor hoffentlich immer größer werdenden Publikum spielen. Aber bevor sie abreisten, hat auch diese Band einen Zwischenstopp bei „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ eingelegt.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Hello and welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“! You said that your tour is going fine and that you are enjoying yourself. So I was wondering whether you are noticing any differences compared to the tours you did before in Germany and Europe. I mean, now everybody knows at least one song, which is “Come Back Home As Heroes”
Answer: Yes, sure. The audience has doubled, maybe even tripled. And the audience actually sings along to the songs. It has been amazing. It’s incredible and we hope to double it again next time.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are travelling on a bus together while being on tour. How is it, living on a bus for so long and with the same people?
Answer: It stinks! It is actually the same thing we have been doing for years and years. Just that the vehicle gets bigger. At first we started with a car, then a van. And it is more comfortable when someone else does the driving. We get along with the other band. Basically we play the show, hop in the bus and the next morning you wake up and you are in another town. So, all we really do in the bus is sleep.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: What do you miss when being far away from home for so long?
Answer: The sun! But we miss ordinary things like friends and family. There is no routine while being on tour, so we miss the comforts of home. And some people think that we have been away for years and years and buy Biltong, saying “I bet you have not eaten this in a long time”. But come on, we have only been away from home for two weeks, but thank you.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are playing together for quite a long time now, so what has changed about playing together? Is there anything about your music that has changed, or about the relationships amongst each other?
Answer: Well, one thing that definitely changed is that we can actually play our instruments now. We could kind of play when we started, but it wasn’t really good. And the bond has gotten a lot stronger. When you spend so much time together, you can just become either enemies or friends. And we chose the friends route.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You played many shows all over the world. Is there any show that is special to you? A show that was different than any other show you played, so far. And why was that show so special?
Answer: The best show we have done is in Johannesburg, Coca-Cola Dome. A big, massive arena that not a South African band has ever headlined. And we went to headliners and pulled all those people on our own. It was a very proud moment. And not many people thought that we could pull it of, but we did. But generally every gig is special on its own. There is not really a show that stands out above the rest, we enjoy them all the same. This tour has been really cool, the crowd has been singing along and all the concerts have basically been sold out. Especially in Germany, because Germans come to the show, and not all South Africans. And we are pretty excited having pulled so many new German fans to our shows.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You also played at the inauguration ceremony. How did it feel, since it was a completely different audience?
Answer: In fact, most of them liked us, but there were parts of people going “Change, change, buuuh”. We were a rock band, playing in front of a predominantly African crowd. It was very strange. But it was cool. Heads off to the Government for actually calling up a diverse line-up, incorporating all cultures even though the audience didn’t get all of it. But it was a good gesture.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You released a wine, something that surprised me, because I went to a shop, asking for the official World Cup wine, and they said that they did not have that, but they had a Parlotones wine. And I was surprised, because it is not really what you expect from The Parlotones. So, why wine? Usually Musicians would decide to design their own clothes, or release a perfume.
Answer: We love wine. In an interview they asked us what would your dream-property be and we said to own a small wine estate in Cape Town and to release a boutique wine. A fan of the Band read this and asked, well would you like to create you own wine and we said we would love to. And you know it’s not just a sticker on the bottle of wine. We set it and blended it. So it was very hands on and what you drink is actually what we create. And we own a portion of the company, so it is not like an endorsement, but something we have ownership on.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You played at the Opening of the World Cup. Do you think that the World Cup actually changed something about South Africa? Or did it just create happiness for four weeks and then everything went back to normal?
Answer: The euphoria only lasted during the World Cup. But a lot of positive was taking out of it and will win, now that we know that we can achieve big things and that we can certainly tackle the problems that exist in our society. Good things remained, there is still progress, there is still spending on infrastructure, there is still development. And that is good for the Nation. The World Cup sped it up. And there is still a lot of investment that goes into the country.
ARD WM SONG 2010
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In an interview you once mentioned that you wanted Germany to be your second home. Why Germany and why a second home?
Answer: The people are warm. After South Africa, besides parts in England this was the first place where we were achieving success. And the crowd felt like we were playing to a home audience. Though the crowd was smaller, but the way people reacted. And we expected that if we step down to the audience everyone would be South African. And we were very pleased when they were actually Germans. And every time we have been here, we always had a good time.
2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Thank you and enjoy your last show tonight.
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