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Entertainment Theatre David Kramer Presents Kalahari Karoo Blues

David Kramer Presents Kalahari Karoo Blues

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David Kramer once again presents unusual and old music styles in Kalahari Karoo Blues at the Baxter.

The music is 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.

Watch performances by Ronnie Moipolai

and Hannes Coetzee

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 8pm from 9 to 19 January 2013 only, at the Baxter Theatre, with tickets from R110 to R160 via Computicket.