"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso
An escape to an oceanic ambiance and a home for many.
For many people of Pretoria this is the norm, to Capetonians like myself, it’s the dreadful thing we call TRAFFIC. This evenings starter, served on the M1 highway a swarm of aggressive multi-coloured cars. As we rush from Sandton to Pretoria at 6pm on Friday evening, we knew this expedition was not going to be short lived.
On arrival you hear the mesmerizing melodic sounds of the marimba. Lost and confused as we enter we find our way into a theatre-like looking venue, an intimate setting perfectly set for live music. The live music, smokey room, rowdy crowd and ambiance took me to a place, an unknown era, I felt alone but also felt the warm fellowship of everyone I had ever met in my life. A sense of connection through music and a space where stories were shared and the joyful sound of laughter was infectious.
As I distance myself from this epoch I exit the theatre world and enter a Caribbean like part of Railways Café. Bon fires, flickering in the night and soft sounds of Cuban music in the background, the only thing missing was the ocean. It was this specific part that took me home and had me reminiscing for days. The smell of the ocean, the taste of memories and the feel of "Die Strandloper" Langebaan, West Coast. This was my favourite part of the night. I stood next to the warm fire and for a minute, my thoughts had escaped me, I was transported to my time at "Die Strandloper", the sound of hungry seagulls, the sound of the waves hitting up against the rocks, the one time my troubled mind was at ease. As the nostalgia decays I return to the theatre filled with bathtubs in the walls and crates for chairs, I hear the sweet sounds of Maddy Behrens; who performed her own original material. I appreciated this as Maddy told us a story through her music, her story. The type of story that forces you to get out of the surreal world and "face the music".
The Fragments follow and we are greeted by their newest member Emma Mollett. Emma fits in perfectly with the group and caresses us with her sweet tone. The fragments kept us entertained with their acoustic indie folk tunes and genuine connection with the audience.
The evening was beautifully summed up with the sounds of I, The Delicate and Werner Bekker, I realize that I am surrounded by a group of diverse and talented musicians, this was pure bliss.