RADIO KALAHARI ORKES has released a brand new video for BOBBEJAANVLEI – the first single from their new album set for official release in March 2017, entitled MAMBA!.
RADIO KALAHARI ORKES (RKO) describe themselves as revivalists. Think Pete Seegar, Gillian Welsh, Hooray for the Riff Raff, etc. in the country sense, but RKO also borrow freely from Cajun, roots country, gypsy, New Orleans and African township styles. Roots musicians of the general melting pot, they delve into the past for inspiration but are no mere re-producers; they write their own material which often appears as if it was from some forgotten and re-imagined era in the past that didn’t exist – a parallel universe. Their motto is:
‘100 Jaar Agter Die Tye, Maar Steeds Op Die Spoor.’
BOBBEJAANVLEI is such a song. Based on the old time dances and Settees of boeremusiek whilst going further back to the European and American styles which influenced boeremusiek, BOBBEJAANVLEI is a dance song (think polka, gavotte, langarm, etc.) and is reminiscent of an Irish/Breton fiddle tune using the typical AABBAA structure of the celtic style.
The video, a concept of simplicity for a timeless song, features a young gentleman who wants to go to the dance with local legend Minnie. It was shot in the style of Norman Rockwell’s paintings which were done in a similar period to where this song could have originated in (in a parallel universe). Rockwell comes from a more innocent era and the words of the song have a small town feel about them.
The band came up with a completely new settee for the video which like their radio station, ‘Radio Kalahari’ may not actually exist, but at the same time feels familiar, like a gavotte. The video was styled by Molly Roberts with make-up by Lily Roberts, Ian’s nieces. Three of Ian Roberts’ vintage Bellini guitar collection – guitars he learnt to play on in the 60s, made of plywood and “guaranteed not to crack” – were also used in the making of the video. When you hear the song, at the end there is a distant voice singing the refrain of the song as if from Radio Kalahari. This is Rian Malan, the author, singing his original version.
MAMBA! is set for official release on 1 March 2017 at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. Buy your tickets HERE!