What is January without the famous and beloved The Rockets at the iconic Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain? After another extremely unpredictable year, it’s reassuring that they are performing once again to properly celebrate the summer and new year. If you have not yet witnessed this energetic pop group in person, then Friday, 28 January 2022, is a night not to be missed; if you already know them, no encouragement is needed. Furthermore, their concert is partly in aid of the Let’s Read! literacy project for children, and visitors are asked to donate any children’s books for this purpose.
The Rockets are more than just a group; they’re indeed a musical institution. They have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans, and they continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances. Amongst others, the group was honoured with a Ghoema Lifetime Achievement Award, and their sold-out 50th Anniversary show received a SAFTA award for the Best Music Show Production.
The Rockets have many a CD under their belts and are old acquaintances on many radio stations – the songs of their latest Afrikaans album, Sonskyn, are also regularly heard. Old and young love the soothing voices of Jerry Watt (lead guitar), Donovan Dyers (bass guitar), Franko Speake (keyboards), Ricardo Philander (drums) and Manuel Losper (lead vocals) as they bring music, from the past to the present, to harmonious life.
The show commences at 20:00 in the Garden Theatre – just in time for a stunning sunset – on the soft lawn at the foot of the monument. Guests can come anytime between 17:00 and 22:00, and have a look at the monument which is an exceptional, symbol-laden sculpture. Visitors are welcome to explore the scenic surroundings via footpaths, and have access to secure parking, a shuttle service, outdoor games, children’s playgrounds as well as an outdoor poetry exhibition. Unfortunately, no dogs or fires are allowed.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets and drinks (no glass) or to order picnic baskets in advance at the ATM Koffiehuis via 082 216 2510 or email@example.com – this new coffee shop will also be selling refreshments during the event. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or cushion, torch and a mask. See taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols.
Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available at Computicket and the Taalmonument at R120 for adults R80 for children under 13. If there are any left, they will be on sale at the gate from 17:00. More on The Rockets at rockets.co.za.
For more information on all the other exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also many resources for school and research projects. THE LANGUAGE MONUMENT AND LANGUAGE MUSEUM ARE OPEN TO VISITORS. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.