The stars to shine at the Taalmonument

ADAM, Early B and Irene-Louise van Wyk promise a magical, musical summer evening

An evening of star-studded musical talent under the stars awaits everyone who makes their way to the Afrikaans Language Monument on Paarl Mountain when ADAM, Early B and Irene-Louise van Wyk turn the summer evening on Saturday, 16 February 2019, into a magical musical event. A unique combination of pop, folk and rap, combined with energetic stage personalities, promise an unforgettable, entertaining evening. Furthermore, their concert at the monument is in part in aid of the Let’s Read! literacy project for children, and visitors are asked to bring and donate any children’s books for this purpose.

Irene-Louise van Wyk kicks off the proceedings at 19:30. She has not only performed with some of the country’s leading artists, but her musical hits have also been on top of the hit parades of many radio stations for several weeks. She has already established herself as a strong artist who has to be taken seriously thanks to her album ‘Sjampanje’ and two Ghoema nominations in 2018.

Thereafter it is the turn of rapper Early B, who released his debut album, ‘Aangename Kennis’, in 2018 in which his acerbic humour takes the mickey out of everyone and everything. He has become a regular face at the country’s biggest art festivals and concerts in the last decade, and is especially famous for his hit ‘Cerebellum’, which earned him a Ghoema Prize in 2017.

At 21:00 ADAM’s famous three men – Reynardt Hugo, Hugo Ludik and Kyle Grant – are on stage. This super-popular group has already won numerous prizes and all the members have also made their marks as actors in a variety of TV shows and plays. Their latest album, ‘Bewe’, came out in 2018 and has since been widely praised, especially for its positive message of hope with, amongst others, the single ‘Kalmeer’.

The show is in the Garden Theatre – a smaller, more intimate brother of the famous Paarl Amphitheatre – on the soft lawn right at the foot of the monument. Visitors are welcome to explore the iconic monument and scenic surroundings via footpaths while the children entertain themselves at the playground. Bring your own drinks (no glass) and picnic baskets, or order one in advance at the delicious Volksmond restaurant on 021 863 2800. Coffee, light refreshments, pizza, wine and beer will also be on sale.

Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available at Computicket and the Language Monument at R150 for adults, R140 for students and R70 for children under 13. Bring a blanket or pillow and warm clothing. Safe parking is available (a shuttle service transports visitors to the gate) and entry is controlled. Unfortunately, no dogs or fires are allowed.

For further information regarding this and other events (such as the full moon and stargazing picnics), call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za and www.facebook.com/afrikaansaalmonument. The last concerts at the Garden Theatre this season include Leah & Karin Kortje (23 February) and the Taalmonument Choir Festival (15 March). More on ADAM at www.adamband.co.za and on Early B at www.earlybmusic.com.