Music echoes again in winelands


Soul music will reverberate through the Cape winelands in April this year when the Harvest Festival takes place in Franschhoek for the first time in seven years.

A whole host of South Africa’s leading artists, such as Spoegwolf, Anton Goosen, Loukmaan Adams, Jannie van Tonder, Hannes Coetzee and Mariska Jaars, will be seen at the festival.

The Harvest Festival aims to unite farm workers and owners in the valley with music, food and wine, and to share the rich Cape heritage with visitors from all over the country.

Schalk Joubert, bassist, director and award-winning composer, says that the preservation and promotion of local music will once again get a solid boost during the festival.

“The Harvest Festival is a project that has been very close to my heart for many years and I am proud of the variety of artists who will be performing. The artist list is diverse and impressive,” says Schalk, who will be on stage himself this year and also coordinates the musicians.

The festival takes place at the Solms-Delta wine estate. Traditional Boland music and Cape food are on the menu. Frazer Barry will act as master of ceremonies.

“Frazer himself is a great talent who also does a lot for Cape rhymers and songwriters. He believes folk music does not enjoy the necessary platforms it deserves and says people can now once again look forward to a day when South African cultural traditions can be fully celebrated,” adds Schalk.

The Harvest Festival already took shape in 2008. “This year we are resuming the festival on a smaller and more manageable scale so that it can be a success and so that we can only go from strength to strength in the future.”

The Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday 6 April. Tickets are available at