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Cape Town-Column with Gerda

HELLO WORLD!

(Editor: Gerda Osborne is speaking in her Cape Town-Column about the cosmopolitan South African Mother City.)

My name is Gerda Osborne, I live in South Africa, in Cape Town the Mother City with a mixture of different cultures and stunning scenic views, with friendly people, where there is always something to do. It’s an amazing city.

    © Gerda Osborne lives in South Africa, in Cape Town the Mother City. She is dealing in her Cape Town-Column with the spirit of this cosmopolitan city.

© Gerda Osborne lives in South Africa, in Cape Town the Mother City. She is dealing in her Cape Town-Column with the spirit of this cosmopolitan city.

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Pieter-Dirk Uys – Comedian in interview

„Freedom of speech means we have the right to opinions“

(Editor/ Autor: Serge Aka)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Als Frauen verkleidete Comedians, wie Hape Kerkeling in Deutschland, sind in fast allen westlich-orientierten Staaten vorzufinden; auch in Südafrika. Pieter-Dirk Uys ist am Kap dafür bekannt, dass er sich in die Rolle von impulsiven Damen begibt und mit Zynismus, Ironie und Provokation auf sein Gegenüber einwirkt. Insbesondere um seine Rolle als Evita Bezuidenhout/ Tannie Evita lieben ihn die Südafrikaner.  So stellte er einmal die These auf, dass Frauen zurück in die Küche müssten (siehe das unten abgebildete Video). Der in Kapstadt geborene Comedian kritisierte auf einer literarisch-künstlerischen Ebene das Apartheidregime und machte sich somit zum Gegner der weißen Minderheitsregierung.  Mit Mut und Ehrgeiz engagierte er sich als Evita immer wieder gegen die Apartheid, sodass er eines Tages sogar den  persönlichen Lob von Nelson Mandela erhielt. Mit Berlin verbindet Pieter-Dirk Uys viel Zuneigung, da ein Teil seiner Familie aus der Bundeshauptstadt stammt. Das Erlernen der deutschen Sprache, so verriet uns der Comedian während seines Berlin-Aufenthaltes exklusiv, wird angestrebt, um dessen Shows eines Tages auch in Deutsch anbieten zu können. Wir freuen uns, dass auch diese Person des öffentlichen Lebens den Fragen des Portals „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ zur Verfügung stand.

© Pieter-Dirk Uys - South African comedian with German ties

© Pieter-Dirk Uys – South African comedian with German ties

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ the South African comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys. Mr. Uys, how did you get in comedy? Was it a dream of your childhood or the result of a challenge?

Answer: It was more a challenge to try and fight the fear of authorities and politics, apartheid. There were various ways to fight it and I just thought to fight it with humor might involve many people because a lot of politics was very stupid and needed to be pointed out.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are known as a satirist, who has the gift of gab. You love to play female Characters. Your performance is inspired by desperate first ladies. How do you choose them and what message do you want to communicate?

Answer: Well there are so many interesting women in politics, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel,…I mean there is a sort of really they offer themselves as theatrical characters. I think in this case it is very interesting to look at women in politics, their strength in a world of men, how they use their body language, make-up, hair to get away I think they are very successful in politics and it is very theatrical, I think the audience finds it funny and interesting to see a man suddenly become a female character.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: With your character Evita Bezuidenhout you have criticized during Apartheid the racial segregation between white, black, colored and asiatic. How have the reactions of the government and the white public to your shows been?

Answer: You know the old days I was censored and there was a lot of police harassment to trouble which was expected. In the democracy we have freedom of speech, so within the framework of that I had a very successful career. There are some of the politicians that are uncomfortable with what I say, but that is ok I don´t mind, I don´t particularly want them to be a fan, I mean they give my material and in case they do like what I say they can resign.

Evita Bezuidenhout: „Women should be go back to the citchen“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Don´t you fear for your life?

Answer: No no no, you know I keep on saying if you fear for anything, you can´t tell the truth. If I don´t tell the truth I am going to be fearful because a lie is serious, the truth is serious enough, you don´t have actually to lie more to make it entertain.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In the past, you interviewed the most famous hero of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. He told to you following phrase: „You are one of my heroes“. Which feelings did you have at that time?

Answer: I mean first of all I am sitting in a character as Evita, and there is Nelson Mandela talking to Evita but saying to me you are one of my heroes, I think it was wonderful, it was such a great. The man´s humanity and its humor is extraordinary and I have been blessed with my friendship with him and it is something that changed my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: About this friendship, can we say that it is something you have been expecting before?

Answer: Well, for most of his life he was in jail and he was away, but he used to see my videos in prison, there used to show videos on robben island and so, I used to get messages from Winnie Mandela, from Nelson through Winnie. So I was looking forward to meeting him when he came out.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Mr. Uys, you know the public figure Desmond Tutu too. He is still condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine as „Apartheid“. What is your opinion in this matter?

Answer: Freedom of speech means we have the right to opinions and I think he was right to talk about that aspect, he was very verbal during Apartheid about cultural boycott. I personally was not very convinced about cultural boycott during apartheid, because the culture that was not sent to South Africa was in fact the culture that would have destroyed Apartheid. I was glad that he brought it up, so that the companies of which ninety per cent were young black people had to think about that. How do they feel about going into a place where Palestinians are not allowed to go? But Desmond Tutu always leads in its criticisms and his prayers; he is a very special human being.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: What do you feel when you come to Berlin knowing that your mother is originating from this place? Do you have ties to Germany and German comedians or even a German part-identity?

Answer: I do not have ties to people here other than friends, but I feel very familiar here in Berlin. Having been here many times and doing show here makes me feel well, that is why I want to come and live here for a year and really learn the language, so that I can also perform in German language.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which dreams would you still realize in your private and professional career?

Answer: One of my dreams is to establish my German language to the extent that I can also do a performance here. You know also the year use to have 365 days whereas my year has only two days, today and tomorrow. Today is the most important day and I do not want to look across tomorrow and ignore what today has to offer.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Does it mean you do not plan the future?

Answer: Of course I do plan years in advance but in pencil so that you can rub it out and write again. It is very important to plan but also very important to listen and to see how quickly things go. Look at Egypt, in a week has completely changed from one thing to another. It is very exciting.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: So you live the present?

Answer: Of course.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Pieter-Dirk Uys, South African Comedian, thank you very much for this interview!

Reflection on the psyche – Roger Ballen in interview

„For me the dark side has always been a source of light and energy.“

(Editor: Anne Schroeter)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Roger Ballen zählt zu den bekanntesten Fotografen Südafrikas.  In New York geboren und in Johannesburg nun lebend,  begann Ballen mit dem dreizehnten Lebensjahr mit der Kunst der Fotografie. Seine Mutter arbeitete für die renommierte Fotoagentur Magnum Photos. Ballen fotografiert jene Begebenheiten, die bei den meisten Betrachtern ein beklemmendes Gefühl auslösen dürften – eine Reflektion in die dunkle Seite der eigenen Psyche. Roger Ballen ist ein Künstler, der sehr viel Anspruch an sich selbst stellt. So ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass dieser Mensch für seine Fotokollektionen meist über fünf Jahre braucht, bis diese in Form eines Bildbandes veröffentlicht werden. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ ist überaus erfreut, diesen interessanten Top-Fotografen interviewen und darüberhinaus exklusiv einige seiner eindrucksvollen Kunstwerke im Portal abbilden zu dürfen.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German gateway to South Africa – the in New York City born and in Johannesburg living photographer Roger Ballen. You are known for your impressive arts in South Africa and abroad. Why did you start to photograph and what does it mean for you to catch the reality in pictures?

Answer: I bought my first camera when I was thirteen. By that stage, in the early sixties, my mother had been working for Magnum for some years. Through her conversation, and particularly her collecting, I was exposed to the work of many photographers – some of them now considered historically important. In this milieu there was a complete belief in the value of photography; and particularly in its ability to capture and convey meaning in a socio-documentary context.

© Photographer Roger Ballen from Jo´burg

© Photographer Roger Ballen from Jo´burg

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you choose your themes? Do you even choose them or do they come “naturally”?

Answer: My themes are multiple and ultimately very difficult to describe in words. Most of my projects take approximately five years to complete and are then published as a book. The projects evolve over time and it is next to impossible to predict the course the images will take.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Would you approve, if I say, that your photographs are scary? And if you do, why do you still take them, rather than happy and content photographs?

Answer: I believe that if a person find my images scary then that individual has been affected in a very positive way. The images have penetrated into the ’shadow side‘ the place of the psyche that we are scared to confront, to come to grips with. Most people call it the dark side. For me the dark side has always been a source of light and energy. I often mention to people that one cannot find light without knowing the dark.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which reaction do you expect from people that look at your photographs, especially when they usually have nothing to do with arts or photography, from ordinary working class people?

Answer: It is very difficult to know exactly what anybody else feels. My intentions in taking these images are to better understand myself. I do not take photographs to mimic what other people might experience or to predict how they might react. It is just not possible  for me to understand how others will relate to my images.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which messages are you promoting in your photographs?

Answer: As I get older, the meaning of the human condition is rooted in the realization that ‚knowing more is knowing less.‘ We are doomed to leave this world without any clue as to why we were here, where we came from, and where we are going. This is a fate of utter marginalization.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You have often been accused of exploiting people for your photographs. What would you answer to people who say that?

Answer: I believe that my photographs are more psychological in meaning. The images represent a psychological culture. At the same time they emanate from my own psyche. I have never considered myself  a photo journalist or a politically orientated photographer. Many of my images represent a universal sense of marginalization, alienation and the inability to cope with the chaos around us. The reason that these images still have meaning to people who know nothing about South African history is that my viewers feel that an aspect of themselves is being reflected in the image.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In 2010, you have been in Berlin. Which impressions do you have collected from Germany and Germans?

Answer: It is always difficult to generalize about a culture. Nevertheless, I have been very impressed with the cultural dynamics of Berlin.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Roger Ballen, photographer from Johannesburg, thank you very much for this interview and for  providing of your arts!

2010sdafrika-interview with photographer Zanele Muholi:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/exklusive-interview-with-zanele-muholi/

Simphiwe Dana – between tradition and modernity

Singer in conversation with the German gateway to South Africa

(Autorin/ Editor: Anne Schroeter)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Simphiwe Dana ist jene südafrikanische Sängerin, die afrikanische Klänge mit afroamerikanischen Musikrichtungen wie Jazz, Gospel oder Hip Hop erfolgreich kombinieren und längst zum Weltstar aufsteigen konnte. Die Symbiose von Tradition und Modernität katapultierten die Sängerin, die der Ethnie Xhosa angehört, zur weltweiten Bekanntheit.  Simphiwe Dana ist sich ihren Verpflichtungen für Familie und Mitmenschen bewusst und weiterhin voller beruflicher Ideen. Auf der Berlinale war sie die Hauptdarstellerin im Film „Themba“. Darüberhinaus entwirft sie ihre eigene Modekollektion; ganz im Sinne von African Design. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ ist erfreut, auch diesen bemerkenswerten Superstar interviewt haben zu dürfen.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ Simphiwe Dana, singer from South Africa. You are from the Transkaai. How did your childhood differ from your childrens childhood?

Anwer: My children’s upbringing is a world apart from mine. Growing up we didn’t have modern amenities like electricity, telephones, water taps. What we did have were, star lit night skies, sprawling forests and calm rivers, and gardens that we had to interact with from an early age. These were our playground and our source of survival. We told each other stories by candle and fire light. We ate from the same bowl and all slept together on the floor. My children are getting a privileged education, though it doesn’t do much for their sense of identity, it does a lot to equip them for the future.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You knew that you wanted to become a singer for a very long time. Why did you study two other courses first, before eventually becoming a well-known artist? Why did you not study music straight away after leaving school?

Anwer: I am the first born of a family of four siblings raised by a single parent on a nurse’s salary. I felt responsible for the progress of my family as per our culture. So I studied something that would bring me quick returns to support myself and my family.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You design your own clothes and write the songs yourself. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Anwer: I draw my inspiration from the human condition, starting with my own, across lifetimes.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You acted in the movie “Themba”, which describes the life of a young talented boy, caught in a vicious circle of HIV/AIDS, abuse, loneliness, etc. How “realistic” is that story in contemporary South Africa?

Anwer: Sadly this story is very realistic, though it is not as prevalent as women and girl child abuse.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How did you like acting? What is the difference in acting and singing when it comes to expressing yourself?

Anwer: Acting is as emotionally draining as when I write songs alone in my studio, the difference is that with acting you’re doing it infront of other people. I wouldn’t compare acting with singing, only with song writing.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Are there any political messages in your songs? Or do you just live your culture and personality while singing?

Anwer: I sing about the human condition, my main concern is this. Unfortunately politics affect people and so I may seem political because of this but I’m not.

Simphiwe Dana with her song „Nderedi“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You have been many times in Germany. What does it mean for you to perform in Germany and before German audience?

Anwer: I’m very appreciative of the German audience. They embraced me and made me popular in Europe. Their attentiveness during my performances have helped grow so much in the spirituality of my musicality.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Simphiwe Dana, musician from South Africa, thank you very much for this interesting interview and for your career all the best!

Gareth Cliff about „kleptomania“ in government

TV star about his disapointment in South African politics

(Autor/ Editor: Martin Hiebsch)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Gareth Cliff ist in gewisser Weise das südafrikanische Gegenstück von Dieter Bohlen. Er ist im TV-Business aktiv, sitzt als Juror bei der Fernsehshow „Idols“ (= DSDS) und äußert sich gerne provokativ und ziemlich hart. Einen Unterschied gibt es jedoch – Gareth Cliff kritisiert auch die Politik des Landes, die ANC-Elite um Präsident Jacob Zuma. Die Eigenbereicherungen, die fehlende Motivation der Politiker die Probleme Südafrikas wie HIV/ AIDS, Korruption, Arbeitslosigkeit, Kriminalität oder Armut anzugehen, sind ihm ein gewaltiger Dorn im Auge, sodass er einen offenen Brief an die Regierung verfasst hat. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ konnte mit Gareth Cliff dessen Brief sowie seine Wahrnehmung von Deutschland erörtern.

© Gareth Cliff, Entertainer

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Hello Gareth Cliff and welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“! Your “letter to the government” kicked off a wave of reactions and was read thousands of times. While you were quite popular in South Africa before, but now you have become famous in many other countries too. Did you expect this result?

Answer: No, I simply put into writing what I am sure many South Africans feel. The government needed to be told some cold, hard truths.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In your letter you talk about very well-known problems in your country such as the bad education policy, corruption, unemployment and poverty. Like many others, you criticize the government for doing more for themselves than for the people. Why do you think the reputation of the current government is so bad? And why do people have the feeling that their elected representatives can not solve the problems of South Africa?

Answer: There seems to be a bout of kleptomania going on in government, and I blame the ANC’s policy of deployment – where the party deploys loyal cadres to powerful and important positions without consideration to the job that needs doing, the qualifications of the person being deployed, or the urgency of the task. Too many of those people then occupy the position with a sense of entitlement and pillage the office of any value.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you think that another government could solve problems like unemployment or the HIV-epidemic? In your opinion, what has to change within the South African society to approach those problems?

Answer: I think most governments try to address societal problems, even ones that are not of their doing. I’m not interested in ANOTHER government. This is the one we have got, and we deserve more from them. Having said that, civil society isn’t playing enough of a role. South Africans are apathetic and expect government to solve all their problems for them. We need to meet them halfway.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: People express their resentment in strikes and protests. Do you think that the situation could escalate sometime in future? If not, what is your picture of the country in, lets say, 10 years?

Answer: Yes, I imagine that if these problems are not urgently addressed, people will become violent, rebellious and ungovernable. New leaders will emerge and threaten national stability and the government of the day. All the more reason to take these issues very seriously indeed.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Lets leave South Africa and get on to the topic of Germany. Name three things, you think of, when you hear the word Germany!

Answer: Friedrich der Große; Wagner, beer.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a South African, you are probably not a soccer fan. Soccer is huge in Germany! Did you follow the performance of the German Team during the World Cup 2010?

Answer: I’m a huge soccer fan. I have been watching the World Cup since 1990 and have not missed a single game. I think Germany were fantastic and most unlucky to lose to Spain when they did.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: The audience of your breakfast show is growing fast and you are getting more and more popular. Are people recognizing you on the street and do you like to get recognized?

Answer: Ha ha ha. Yes, but having been on TV for ten years means I’m not shocked or surprised anymore.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You got famous through a radio program. Do you want to stay at your broadcaster 5FM or could you imagine switching to a TV channel?

Answer: Well I think one can do both.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Gareth Cliff, entertainer and presenter, thank you very much for this interview!


Website of Gareth Cliff:

http://www.garethcliff.com/

The Parlotones – Band und Weinproduzent

Deutschland ist ihre zweite Heimat und deutsche Fans sind wie Südafrikaner

(Autorin/ Editor: Anne Schroeter)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

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.

© The Parlotones

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.

Website of The Parlotones:

http://www.theparlotones.net/

Freshlyground – Südafrikas Musikexport

Freshlyground im Interview über Bandgeschichte, Musik und Deutschland

(Autorin: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Wer sich mit südafrikanischer Musik beschäftigt, der stößt relativ schnell auf „Freshlyground“, einer äußerst heterogen Band in vielerlei Hinsicht. Mit Afropop konnten diese Musiker (Zolani Mahola, Simon Attwell, Peter Cohen, Kyla Rose Smith, Julio „Gugs“ Sigauque, Josh Hawks und Seredeal „Shaggy“ Scheepers) den Geschmack vieler Musikfans aus Südafrika und dem Ausland treffen, sodass Freshlyground als Südafrikas Musikexport bezeichnet werden kann. Wir durften mit der Band sprechen.

© Freshlyground

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wir wollen bei „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ die populäre Band „Freshlyground“ begrüßen. Lasst uns zum Anfang zurückblicken: Freshlyground wurde 2002 gegründet und Ihr seid alle aus unterschiedlichen Generationen und habt verschiedene kulturelle Hintergründe. Erzählt mir etwas über diese multikulturelle Konstellation, wie habt Ihr Euch kennengelernt und warum wolltet Ihr die Band formieren?

Antwort: Wir haben uns alle um das Jahr 2002 in Kapstadt getroffen. Sieben Leute von uns sind in der Band. Wir haben verschiedene kulturelle Wurzeln und kommen aus verschiedenen Teilen des südlichen Afrikas sowie aus Mosambik und Simbabwe. Wir sind zudem unterschiedlichsten Alters, sodass dieser Mischmasch zur Vielfältigkeit unserer Gruppe beiträgt.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Hat Euer Name „Freshlyground“ eine besondere Bedeutung?

Antwort: Ich denke, dass wir in den 8 gemeinsamen Jahren mehr und mehr zu unserem Namen gekommen sind … bestrebt einen Sound zu schaffen, der einzigartig und sogar noch mit unserem Kontinent – Afrika – verbunden ist.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wie würdet Ihr die Musik beschreiben, die Ihr macht?

Antwort: Afropop…ein Mix aus verschiedensten Elementen, jedoch unter einem starken afrikanischen Einfluss und einer Sensibilität für Pop.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Versucht Ihr mit eurer Musik eine bestimmte Botschaft zu vermitteln? Oder ist das Hauptziel die Leute unterhalten und Ihnen ´´eine schöne Zeit zu geben„?

Antwort: Wir versuchen nicht etwas spezielles zu machen, aber ich denke, dass wir sehr sozial und politisch bewusste Individuen sind. Beschäftigt mit Situationen um uns herum und wie diese uns betreffen. Und ich denke, dass diese Themen in unserer Musik widergespiegelt werden. Ebenso wie die Liebe zu sich selbst und zu anderen. Wir möchten unserem Publikum einfach eine gute Zeit bescheren … dass die Leute mitsingen … und tanzen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Ihr seid derzeit einer der berühmtesten, wenn nicht sogar DER berühmteste und erfolgreichste Musikexport Südafrikas. Ihr habt bereits einige Preise gewonnen, reist durch die Welt und Ihr habt mit Shakira den Song zur diesjährigen Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Südafrika aufgeführt. Habt Ihr jemals solch einen Erfolg erwartet und was denkt Ihr ist der Grund dafür? Warum lieben die Menschen Eure Musik so sehr?

Antwort: Ich denke nicht, dass wir diesen Erfolg erwartet haben, jedoch haben wir sehr hart hierfür gearbeitet und Gott segnete uns auf diesem Weg mit Glück. Ich denke wir sind aufrichtig und das ist auch der Aspekt, weshalb wir so viele verschiedene Menschen erreichen.

Freshlyground in Concert, Song: Ma´Cheri

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Freshlyground – Ihr seid eine multikulturelle Band, die in unterschiedlichen Sprachen singt….Eigentlich scheint Ihr Südafrika, die sogenannte Regenbogennation, zu repräsentieren. Seht Ihr Euch als ein Musterbeispiel für das südafrikanische Volk oder seid Ihr eines für sie?

Antwort: Ich bin nicht nicht der Meinung, dass jemand über alle Menschen stehen möchte. Und wir machen einfach das, was uns Spaß macht sowie ist es eine wunderbare Sache, wenn somit so viele andere Menschen glücklich gemacht werden.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wo seht Ihr Freshlyground in ungefähr zehn Jahren und was sind Eure Ziele?

Antwort: Ich denke, wir würden gerne eine komplette Unabhängigkeit erlangen wollen.Vielleicht die Fähigkeit ein paar Monate im Jahr zusammenzukommen, um Musik zu konzipieren und einige Auftritte zu geben. Uns selber glücklich und zufrieden zu halten, ohne sich bis zur Erschöpfung verausgaben zu müssen. Es gibt noch so viel, dass man erreichen kann…Weltherrschaft!

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Welche Rolle spielt Deutschland und die deutsche Öffentlichkeit bei euren Bandaktivitäten?

Antwort: Das deutsche Publikum hat uns in den vergangenen vier oder fünf Jahren super unterstützt. Und wir verweilen während unserer etwa 3-Monatstournee in Europa oft in Deutschland.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Freshlyground, Afropop-Band aus Südafrika, vielen Dank für das Interview – ngiyabonga, danki and ke a leboga!

2010sdafrika-Artikel zum Musikprojekt „SHOUT SA“, an welchem auch Freshlyground beteiligt ist:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/musik-elite-sagt-kriminalitat-den-kampf-an/

Webseite von Freshlyground:

http://www.freshlyground.com/

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Interview with Freshlyground  about band story, music and Germany

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Who is dealing with South African music, will encounter rapidly „Freshlyground“, an acutely band in many senses. With Afro pop this band (Zolani Mahola, Simon Attwell, Peter Cohen, Kyla Rose Smith, Julio „Gugs“ Sigauque, Josh Hawks und Seredeal „Shaggy“ Scheepers) is meeting the taste of many music fans from South Africa and abroad. Freshlyground could be tagged as South Africas music export. We had the possibility to speak with this band.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome the popular band „Freshlyground“ on our German gateway to South Africa, „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. Let us start at the beginning: Freshlyground came into existence in 2002 and all of you are from different generations and have diverse cultural backgrounds. Tell me about this multicultural constellation, how did u meet and what was the reason you wanted to form the band?

Answer: We all met in Cape Town around 2002. There are seven of us in the band. We are from diverse cultural backgrounds and different parts of Southern Africa as well as Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We are also of varying ages so all this mish mash contributes to the diversity of our group.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Does your name „Freshlyground„ have a special meaning?

Answer: I think that over the 8 years we have been together we have more and more become our name … wanting to create a sound that is unique and yet also routed in our continent, Africa.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How would you describe the kind of music you are playing?

Answer: Afro pop….a mix of many different things but with a strong African influence as well as pop sensibility.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you try to convey a certain message with your music? Or is your aim mainly to entertain the people and to ´´give them a good time„?

Answer: We don’t try to do anything specifically but I think we are very socially/politically aware individuals. Concerned with situations around us and how they affect us. And I think that these themes do crop up in our music. As well as a strong message of love of self and others. We also just like to give our audience a very good time … a good sing along … a great dance.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are currently one of the most famous, if not THE most famous and successful music „export„ from South Africa. You have already won several awards, you are touring the world and it was you who made the song for this years world cup, which you performed together with Shakira. Have you ever expected to have such a success and what do you think is the reason for it? Why do people love your music so much?

Answer: I don’t think we expected the success but we have worked very hard for it as well as being blessed with good luck on the way. I think we are sincere and that is why we appeal to so many different kinds of people.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Freshlyground – You are multicultural and you sing in different languages … Actually you seem to represent South Africa, so-called rainbow-nation, do you see yourselves as a kind of example for the South African people, or would you like to be one for them?

Answer: I don’t think anyone wants to be everything for all people. And we are mearly doing what makes us happy and it is a wonderful thing that it makes so many other people happy as well.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Where do you see Freshlyground in about 10 years time and what are your aims that you still want to achieve?

Answer: I think we would like to achieve total independance. Perhaps the ability to come together just for a few months a year to write music and do a few shows a year. Keep ourselves happy and fulfilled while not burning out. There are so many things we can still achieve…..world domination!

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which role is Germany as well as the German public taking in your band activities?

Answer: The German audience has supported us fantastically for the last four or five years and we spend about 3 months a year touring in Europe and a lot of that time is in Germany.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Freshlyground, afropop band from South Africa, thank you very much for the interview – ngiyabonga, danki and ke a leboga!

Website of Freshlyground:

http://www.freshlyground.com/