Guitar camp in the Great Karoo

NIEU-BETHESDA will be hosting the inaugural Great Karoo Guitar Camp, with Steve Newman and All In One, next weekend.

The event will feature the talents of Errol Dyers, one of the originators of the sound that has become known as Cape Jazz, and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Hilton Schilder.

All In One was formed when these three South African musical icons first shared the stage in an improvised session at the Ubuntu Festival held to celebrate the 91st birthday of former president Nelson Mandela in 2009. The three aural conjurors have since recorded an album of the same title and taken audiences on a musical journey stretching from the slopes of Table Mountain to the heart of the Kalahari and, now, to the Great Karoo, reflecting the quiet refrain of days gone by touched by strains of joy and reflection.

The quaint Karoo hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda has, over the past few decades, developed a reputation as the home of outsider art in South Africa, with Helen Martins’s world-renowned Owl House drawing both local and international visitors.

More recently the village has hosted some of this country’s top musical talent, who have lent their voices to the growing opposition against plans by government to allow controversial hydraulic fracturing. Steve Newman performed the first anti-fracking fundraiser in the village in 2011.

The cost of the Great Karoo Guitar Camp from Friday to Sunday is R1600. This includes the workshops, the meet-and-greet potjiekos and free entry for the workshop participants to the All In One concert on Friday night.

The musicians will present three parallel sessions on the Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Every participant will have the opportunity to work with each musician, who will cover tricks and techniques, as well as an introduction to harmony, scales and chords.

For more information, contact (049) 841-1642.

Leave a Reply