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David Kramer's Kalahari Karoo Blues is coming to the Baxter Theatre next year

Published: 16 November 2012

David Kramer's Kalahari Karoo Blues, will be presented at the Baxter Theatre for a limited season in January next year.

In Kalahari Karoo Blues, an exclusive concert for Cape Town, Kramer is once again presenting the unusual and sometimes very old music styles from the far corners of Southern Africa - the Kalahari, the Hardeveld and the Klein Karoo. From the one stringed Kalahari 'segaba' of Oteng Piet, the upside-down guitar styling of Ronnie Moipolai and the incredible teaspoon slide playing of Hannes Coetzee, Kramer will be on stage exploring the connections of ancient stringed instruments to their modern counterparts. Ronnie Moipolai, who like Hannes Coetzee, has become a YouTube cult figure with his upside-down left hand "katara" styling and his flamboyant bass-string technique has to be seen to be believed. It will be the first time that Moipolai will perform outside of Botswana.

More than a decade ago, Kramer presented a concert series called Karoo Kitaar Blues, bringing for the first time to the stage a group of musicians who played music and instruments from a bygone era. David had met these somewhat eccentric folk musicians while making a documentary film on guitar players of South Africa and he was fascinated by the way they tuned and played their instruments.

Kalahari Karoo Blues performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 20:00 from 9 January to 19 January only, at the Baxter Theatre, with tickets from R110 to R160 via Computicket. Special discounts of 10% are available to Senior Citizens and block bookings of ten or more, and to Students via the Baxter box office an hour before the show, upon presentation of valid ID.

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