Celebrate life at the Taalmonument

The rich South African and indeed African jazz tradition is the soothing focus of the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s (ATM)’s balmy sunset picnic on Saturday, 19 February 2022, when famous jazz stars pay tribute to this international style of music that is rooted in the continent and its people. Chadleigh Gowar’s orchestra with Zeke le Grange, saxophone sensation, and Jason Ward, percussion master, promise to take the audience on a musical journey as the sun melts away behind the iconic monument.

The rest of the talented and experienced group consists of Roderick McKay on piano, Lee Ludolph on guitar and Damian Kamineth on drums. The evening’s jazz repertoire also includes local, original and Afrikaans items, as well as dance music that will keep you on your feet throughout the evening. Beforehand, guests can view the monument, a symbol-laden sculpture without equal. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the gardens and temporary exhibits; there are outdoor games and playgrounds for the kids.

Gowar is a recipient of the Gold Standard Bank Ovation award from the National Arts Festival 2021, and bass guitarist on kykNET & kie’s popular ‘Koortjies saam Jonathan Rubain’. He is also known for his long musical association with the South African gospel group Dumisani as well as the Cape jazz artist Ramon Alexander. Le Grange not only represented South Africa in foreign competitions, but performed with many local and international artists such as local icons Jonathan Butler, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masekela and Judith Sephuma. Ward has already made a name for himself among the musical elite and legends by performing with, among others, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela, Ernie Smith, John Hassan, Black Coffee and Mi Casa.

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 mz@colegson.co.za – this coffee shop will also be selling refreshments during the event. Dress warmly and bring a torch, and a mask. See taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols.

Entry is only R100 per adult and R80 for pensioners, students and children under 18, and the show starts at 19:00. Tickets are available from Computicket and, if there are any left, from 17:00 at the gate on the day itself.

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.