4 - 6 March, 2011

 

Dear friends

 

It is again that time of the year to leave the city for a while, for a visit to the Groot Marico Bushveld, only two  hours drive from Gauteng, but in a totally different universe.

 

For only R300 per person, the weekend programme includes meals, performances  and activities, and you also have a choice to attend only part of the weekend. Better still, quite a number of  accommodation places agreed to a substantial  discount for our weekend guests.

Anthony Paton will be performing as Oom Schalk Lourens. 

 

With him is a twenty foot mamba named Hans, who will follow Anthony to the Groot Marico, but will not be attending the performance of H.C. Bosman.  (He will rather wait under an ordinary thorn tree outside).   

 

It’s not that Hans doesn’t like H.C. Bosman, but the strong line that the writer takes against Chrisjan Lemmer’s honesty makes Hans feel awkward.  Chrisjan Lemmer is Hans’s best friend and Hans swears that he has never heard Chrisjan tell a lie. 

 

Come to Groot Marico and judge for yourself who to believe.

The programme:

 

Saturday morning 5 March

 

Guests meet around the fire on the Bosman terrain for a breakfast of roosterkoeke, homemade jams and cheese, moerkoffie and boerewors.

 

The morning programme consists of Bosman readings and a  poetry performance 

by Croc E Moses.

 

On  Saturday afternoon guests have a choice of a variety of activities - mostly at no charge. What a bargain!

 

At RiverStill Guestfarm there will be drumming sessions, a Sound Journey, a discussion group by Croc e Moses, and guests can swim in the river, hike along the river, walk the labyrinth, picnic and just relax.

 

Individual bookings can be made for Sound therapy sessions and head and shoulder massages.

 

A visit to a mampoerfarm is also on the menu.

 

On Saturday evening it is again time tor stories, music and good food and the performance by Anthony Paton will include " In The Withaak's Shade" and "Recognizing Blues", by the writer, HC Bosman. It will be complimented by an item by members of the HC Bosman Literary Society as well as our local boeremusiek orchestra.

 

On Sunday morning there is an early morning nature outing  conducted by local tree expert dr Koos Olivier and sound journey, coffee and rusks , and then the music concert in the natural amphitheatre by the Sur Bandits, who will play instruments like the harmonium, tabla, santoor, bansuri, mridungum and ghatam - an experience to look forward to.

 

A substantial lunch ends the weekend.

 

The above performances, activities and meals for R300 per person for the weekend, and as mentioned, guests can choose to attend  only part of the weekend as well.

 

To book  for the weekend and enquire about accommodation, contact Santa on info@marico.co.za

 

Santa van Bart

Groot Marico Information Centre

014 503 0085 or 083 272 2958

www.marico.co.za

 

A Row of pebbles

 

 

More info about the performing artists:

 

Anthony Paton is the Deputy Director: Website, Editing and Copywriting Editor for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and Dinokeng Projects.  He was born in Durban in 1962 and attended Rosebank Primary School in Johannesburg and Pretoria Boys High School where he matriculated in 1980.  He holds a BA in Fine Arts, a HDE (Art and Zulu) and a Masters in Tourism (all from Wits) and a Higher Diploma in Game Ranging from Allenby College.  His hobbies are birding, photography and chess.  He intends to run the Comrades Marathon this year, running for the first time in green number 8752 which he was awarded after he last ran this epic race in 1997.

 

His interest in Bosman came from his father Jonathan Paton who trained English teachers at Wits for more than 30 years.  Jonathan once interview Mrs. Lake who was the widow of H.C.Bosman.  Lionel Abrahams who was instrumental in popularizing Bosman was a friend of both Jonathan and Anthony Paton.  Jonathan acted in about a dozen plays including performing South Africa’s first ever production of Ubu Roi, which he played opposite Kate Turkington under the direction of Malcolm Purky.  Anthony’s sister Pam Mills was also in several of Malcolm’s other plays including Woozebear and The Goat that Sneezed which were written by Pippa Stein and featured sets by William Kentridge.  Anthony has not appeared on stage since 1975 when he received commendation for his role in the Rosebank Primary School play.  Anthony is also the grandson of Alan Paton, the author of Cry the Beloved Country.

 

Anthony is married to Marcelle, and they have two children, Berick and Nina.  They have a house in Newlands and a farm in Maanhaarrand. 

 

At “Bietjie Bosman”, Anthony will perform In the Withaak’s Shade as Oom Schalk Lourens.  He will also read The Recognising Blues a lesser known story about the young Bosman himself.   

 

On Not Being There- two page story by A.J.Paton about the death of Alan Paton, HC Bosman and Patrick Mynhardt (amongst others).

 

The Recognizing Blues- a self-portrait of Bosman c. 1930 as a dagga-smoking young man in central Johannesburg.

 

The Truth Lies with Chrisjan Lemmer- a short account by A.J.Paton on how Oom Sakkie van Aswegan found the grave of Chrisjan Lemmer in Madikwe Game Reserve (it’s a true story, I swear).

 

In the Withaak’s Shade- the quintessential Bosman story of Oom Schalk Lourens’s encounter with a leopard.

 

 

The Sur Bandits will perform at the Biekie Bosman weekend on Sunday morning, the 5th of March.

 

Here is the information on the line up of instruments and musicians which comprise “Sur Bandits”:

 

Instruments include:

 

Harmonium – A harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument similar to a reed organ. Sound is produced by air, supplied by foot-operated or hand-operated bellows, being blown through sets of free reeds, resulting in a sound similar to that of an accordion.

 

Tabla - is a popular tuned Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in North Indian classical music.

 

Santoor - The Santoor is a stringed instrument, indigenous to the Kashmir valley as a folk instrument. In ancient times it was known as "Shata-tantri-veena", or hundred stringed lute. The Santoor is made of maple or walnut wood, shaped like a trapezoid, and the strings are steel. The Santoor is played with a pair of curved mallets made of walnut wood.

 

Bansuri – is a transverse alto flute of the Indian Subcontinent made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to the love story of Lord Krishna and Radha, and is depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 AD.

 

Mridungum - An Indian percussion instrument, a two-sided drum whose body is usually made from a hollowed piece of jackfruit wood.  It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble.

 

Ghatam – is a specially made clay pot. Used as an accompanying instrument in concerts. Produces a beautiful, crisp and metallic sound.

 

Musicians include:

Ashish Joshi (Tabla, Santoor, Other percussion)

Dillen Ramjee (Mridungum, Ghatam, other percussion)

Priyesh Bhana (Vocals, Harmonium, Bansuri)

Bharat Gordhan (Vocals, Harmonium) –

 

BIOGRAPHY

Imagine a drummer turning to poetry. That's croc E moses. Mysterious clever fool. Born in sub arctic Canada, he has now been based in Swaziland and South Africa for more than half his life.

His performance is rhythm driven. It is word music, the music of word, talking song. His delivery borders on incantation. With oodles of poly-rhythms, a soothing accent, and lots of word play, he draws his audience into many different ways of experiencing words. You will be inspired to listen! He takes lots of risks in his content and with his imagination. He draws upon exposure to extremes. His work is serious, sensitive, deep, sometimes profound, but equally flippant and possibly humorous! It is inspired work and it rubs off. He aspires to levity, to lift whoever is willing to listen.

Over the last ten years he has independently produced and published a volume of poetry (TWILIGHT SUNBURN, 2004), a music CD (MELLOWDRAMA, 2006) a book (THROUGH, 2008) and a Live CD (INCITE THE IN SIGHT, 2010). To date he still prints, binds and trims his first publication (TWILIGHT SUNBURN) by hand. He has offers this as a bookmaking demonstration in his workshops.

In 2008 he was awarded a grant from the Centre of the Book (Cape Town) to print and publish his second book (THROUGH). He was also commissioned to write the opening song for the eTV documentary “Welcome Nelson” which was screened at the 20th anniversary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s release in February 2010.

He has performed at festivals, conferences, schools, open mics, fund raisers, dinner party’s, exhibition openings and solo gigs mainly in South Africa, but also as far as New York, Dublin, Copenhagen, England, Mozambique, and Swaziland! Highlights include:

2011 Featured Poet in Children of Hope Documentary, Durban, South Africa

2010 Badililsha International Poetry X-Change, Cape Town.

2009 Support act for Linton Kwesi Johnson, Cape Town, South Africa,

2009 Poet On Strike Tour, Southern Africa

2009 Magic Word at the Junction, Cambridge UK

2009 Kgotla Youth Conference Durban, South Africa

2008 Bushfire International Festival of the Arts, Swaziland

2007 Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK

2007 The Aldeburgh Music Festival, UK

2003 The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, New York City, USA

2002 The Herman Charles Bosman Literary Festival, South Africa

2001 Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa music, the music of word, talking song. It borders on incantation. With oodles of poly-rhythms, a soothing accent, and lots of word play, the audience is drawn into many different ways of experiencing words. You will be inspired to listen! He takes lots of risks in content and imagination. He draws upon exposure to extremes.

His work is serious, sensitive, deep, sometimes profound, but equally flippant and possibly humorous! His show constellates between poetry, music, dance/drama and an element of ritual. He has crafted strings of words to draw the audience into an experience that uses words to help us glimpse and taste a state of being beyond words. He delivers in such a way as to try and inspire listening. The heart of the show is always about presence.

The content varies. There is a lyrical playful and light poem about a donkey named Mr. Flabbergaster (who wears dungarees). There is some more abstract free association material. There is some global and African state of affairs commentary. Other themes deal with consumerism, politics, the esoteric and of course love!

Some extracts by croc E:

“It’s hard to stay soft…when the future isn’t what it used to be”

“Mischief is a team sport”

“Do you risk or do you rust”

“The only revolution left is tree like, so let roots take wing”

“Do you plant, do you have a plant, do you love your plant,

do you know your plant is in love with you”

“Our hearts are a puzzle not peaced yet”

 

 

A Row of pebbles

 

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