This Saturday is CAPITAL CRAFT BEER FEST 2016 and we are super excited about drinking beer, listening to good music and eating some yummy food. One of the bands that will be on stage entertaining us this Saturday is none other than the folk rock group Radio Kalahari Orkes. We got to catch up with them for a quick chat, this is how it went down:
Interview: Radio Kalahari Orkes
MA: Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today?
Hi Rachelle! Thank you! We are all lekker!
MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Radio Kalahari Orkes and tell us who plays what in the band?
RKO is a 6 piece band featuring:
Alicia van Dyk is our STRONG female vocals and plays the Accordion/Trekorrel. We have Wynand Dawel on the Fiddle/ Viool (this oke can play -tjoe, Friso Woudstra on Guitar/Kitaar, Bradley Cooper on Drums/Dromme, Castanets (wat?) and Barry Steenkamp on Bass /Bas. Ian Roberts, the front man, sings and tickles the Mouth Organ / Mondorrel (you think you funny with your jokes hey?) and Penny Whistle.
MA: How/Where did you guys meet up to form Radio Kalahari Orkes?
The RKO got together initially in Johannesburg 10 odd years ago to make a music video for EMI of a song written by Dan Roberts, “The Crying Shame”. EMI liked the video so much they asked if a CD was possible. Dan Roberts, Rian Malan & Ian Roberts delivered songs & we began recording. Months later the 1st CD “Stoomradio” was launched. From there on it has been steady progression.
MA: Can you give us a short background on the name Radio Kalahari Orkes?
EMI wanted Kalahari Orkes, but at the time we were pitching a TV series based around a Radio Station called radio Kalahari. The idiotic TV stations didn’t take to the idea, but we transferred the name to the band. There you go!
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
RKO remains an open book with regards to where we take our “sound inspiration” from. Each songwriter has their own idiosyncrasies in music tastes and preferences. Then the entire band work towards a common goal: Optimum development of the song to its final form. So it is a team thing and any sound is possible.
MA: What have been some of your highlights as a band over the past few years?
Not being invited to Sloppie Koppie for four years in a row… heh he jokes jokes. we have had ever increasing audiences the past few years. To a trained theater actor like me, this is a constant high.
MA: Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
My, (Ian), hero locally is Dollar Brand or Abdullah Ibrahim. His music speaks right deep to my soul. For jnfo on the local scene: There’s got to be all sorts of animals in the zoo. There are certain monotonous repetitive elements in the Afrikaans music scene that I find really irritating. If that “Wahka doef doef” would go away I wouldn’t mind but it won’t so who cares?
MA: You guys will be playing at Capital Craft Beer Fest this year. Are you excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set on the day?
Fantastic!! We are also excited about playing at the Capital Craft Beer Fest. What better thing to nucleus a festival other than jovial Beer? We will do most of our more “lively” numbers…and delve into the wacky dance music of the almost forgotten genius of Afrikaans music: Dave De Lange who was re-discovered & re-worked with love by Rian Malan. Watch out ekse!
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Lately we have been working on our first new CD for five years. It was publicly funded to a degree, and is an exciting varied compilation of different styles crafted and honed by the entire Orkes. It WONT be boring.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
Facebook is best: https://www.facebook.com/RadioKalahari/