David Kramer se bekendheid strek wyer as die Karoovlaktes. Sy weghol-treffers en oorrompelende glimlag in die Volkswagen-advertensies het in die 1980's 'n huishoudelike naam van hom gemaak. Net meer as 'n dekade later het sy musiekblyspele saam met Taliep Petersen internasionale roem gebring met vertonings op die West End en Broadway. Maar wie is die man agter die kitaar en die rooi velskoene? Dié biografie onthul 'n woordkunstenaar wat kan toor met Afrikaans, 'n slim sakeman en iemand met sterk beginsels wat opstaan teen ongeregtigheid. Die boek vertel van sy grootwordjare in Worcester en hoe hy sy stem as kunstenaar gevind het. Dit vertel ook van die uiters private mens agter die "almal se pel"-persona en van die skadukant van skielike roem. Kramer se lewenslange droom om 'n stem te gee aan die randfigure binne die Afrikaanse leefwêreld het die afgelope dekade 'n werklikheid geword namate hy die werk van bruin folk musikante van die Karoo begin opteken het. As musikale antropoloog het hy 'n groot bydrae gelewer om ons verstaan van Suid-Afrikaanse musiek verder uit te brei. Dié onthullende boek bied 'n rare blik op wat agter die skerms gebeur het in die loopbaan en die lewe van een van ons gewildste musikante met 80 foto's .
With his chart-topping hits and legendary part in the Volkswagen advertisements, David Kramer became a household name in the 1980s. Just over a decade later his musicals with Taliep Petersen brought international fame with performances on the West End and Broadway, continuing to this day. In this, the first biography of this famous South African, the man behind the silver guitar and red velskoene is revealed. It shows a restless artist who constantly needs new creative challenges, a keen businessman and a deeply principled person who doesn't hesitate to stand up against injustice. And what many of his fans might not know is that his "almal se pel" persona hides a deeply private person. The book recounts how Kramer found his artistic "voice" and how he realised at a young age that his creative work should be grounded in a uniquely South African experience. His solo albums from the eighties - some of which were banned - are placed in the context of the time and critically analysed. His lifelong dream to acknowledge the contribution of coloured musicians became a reality when he started recording and collaborating with folk artists from the Karoo in the past ten years. This book offers a rare inside glimpse into the life of a true South African icon with 80 photos.
Karoo Kitaar Blues follows South African songwriter David Kramer and slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee into remote regions of South Africa on their quest to find musicians who play an almost forgotten folk music. The film documents their journey into the harsh and arid landscape of Namaqualand and the Great Karoo interweaving musical performance and interviews with violinists, guitarists, piano accordionists and mouth organ players who play what Kramer describes as Karoo Blues. Little is known of the origins of this music. It is the music of shepherds and sheep shearers who are descendents of the original inhabitants of these semi -desert areas. This music has probably evolved in much the same way as the Afrikaans language that the musicians speak '' a blend of indigenous and colonial influences. By the end of the journey nine musicians are invited to Cape Town where they record some of their songs and perform to packed houses and great acclaim. An endangered culture has been given a new breath of life.
Some Like It Vrot .........
- 21 October 2011 - 14 January 2012
"Karoo Kitaar Blues follows South African songwriter David Kramer and slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee on a journey into the 'backveld' of South Africa in search of local musicians who will work with them and develop a show. David and Hannes travel for thousands of miles across South Africa meeting violinists, guitarists and mouth organ players who play the 'old music' - a music which is dying out and which they call Karoo Blues. Like Wim Wenders' film, Buena Vista Social Club , the story interweaves interviews with the Karoo musicians at home in small towns and settlements dotted across the Karoo with two musical strands - the recording of a CD and putting together a concert. However, unlike the Cuban musicians who play to entertain audiences in clubs in Havana, this music is composed in the moment. It is the music of the nomadic sheep shearers and shepherds - descendents of the Khoi - who play their home made instruments to keep themselves company during the long lonely hours in the harsh semi-desert landscapes of the Karoo and Namaqualand . Nine Karoo musicians eventually land up on the Baxter Theatre stage in Cape Town where they play to packed houses and to great acclaim. The film follows their journey to the big city, the recording a CD and shares with them their first experiences of the sea. Karoo Kitaar Blues is an extraordinary record of a music that is dying out and a moving tribute to the people who play it."
Danny Butler, Elton Landrew, Kurt Herman, Ashley Washing, Emraan Adams, Tertia Botha, Iain Vince-Gatt, Saul Radomsky, Howard Harrison, Gavin Norris, Kim Louis, Loukmaan Adams and Jody Abrahams, Craig Mathys
na die verskriklike reaksie op district 6 skryf david, saam met taliep petersen partykeer, nog 'n klomp internasionaal erkende en bekroonde teater stukke: 1990Fairyland, 1992 crooners, 1992 poison (opera), 1994 poison (teater), 1995 kat and the kings, 1996 klop klop en nou ook 2002 karoo kitaar blues
David Kramer - Akoesliese kitare,
banjo, mondfluitjie, sang en
Phil Smiedt - Baskitaar, akoestiese
en elektriese kitare.
Kevin Shirley - Elektroniese tromme.
Eddie Mikinson - Engelse konsertina.
Gary Horne - Saxofoon. Jonathan Butler - Elektriese kitaar, orrel en harmonie op Flaai.
Phil Smith - Sintetiseerder op O Moeder
Produksie deur David Kramer.
lngenieur: Kevin Shirley.
Opgeneem en gemeng by
Spaced Out Sound Studio,
Omslagkonsep: Dion Wessels.
Kuns en Onlwerp: Dion Wessels.
Fotografie: Tony Meinjies.
die opname bring die gevoel van 'n lewendige optrede na jou luisterkamer. met die geklap van hande en gejuig begin die toer deur meneer kramer se musikale wêreld. met 'n mengsel van vertelde grappe in afrikaans en engels word alle onderwerpe besing en beskryf, met 'n heerlike kry-vir-jou glimlag en soms 'n camo-kitaar beweeg jou siel vanself.
The Main Breker: David Kramer
The Jollers: Phil Smiedt; Brian Sepel; Malcom Cassisa, Rob Bevan
The Jivers: Paul Gref, Murray Steward, Jerry Barnard, Marc Maingardt, Jonathan Hopper, Marc Wallis, Dezi Ray, Eileen Butler
Produced by Paddy Lee Thorp and David Kramer
Engineered by Jerry Barnard at B & S Studios, Cape Town
Somewhere in the supermarket suburbs developed by
housing schemes offering The Home of your Dreams in a
choice of three styles: Spanish, Sardinian or Ranch they sit
crouched on reclining, vinyl, television chairs nursing
memories like the last cold carry-pack of the long weekend.
These were the main brekers of the Bo/and bop, the jollers
and jivers of the juke-box jeets who tried to make their
mark on towns that met the embrace of rock 'n roll with folded arms.
This album is dedicated to them. Retired ducktails whose
misguided fantasies of stage and cinema careers have dried
and caked like hair cream under the cold reality of office block neon.
Dedicated to the greying groovers who grow old in the
pinball glow of music-centres. Nodding in time to the
receding beat, their balding heads once echoed like scout
halls with amplified aspirations, but now compute daily,
interest rates on mortgage bonds with calculated dexterity.
On top of imbuia wardrobes in pastel bedrooms with co-
ordinated curtains and pelmets, their bull horned, solid
bodied axes, nestling in red velvet lush, lie waiting to be
picked up, re-tuned and plugged in. - omslag
All songs written and arranged by David Kramer
All selections Musicwrights Publishers
Produced by Paddy Lee Thorp and David Kramer
Vocals, acoustic quitar and mouth harp: David Kramer
Engineer: Marco Celotti
Keyboards: Marco Celotti
Bass: Phil Smiedt, Edi Niederlander
Drums: Richard Devey
Saxophone and flute: Gary Horne
Congas: Zayn Adam
Kramer is 'n storieverteller en hy vertel dit op 'n heel besondere manier. Sy gawe om sy stem
te gebruik om by die tema van sy Iiediies te pas, is merkwaardig. So ook sy gesig. Sy breë
glimlag en seunsgesig lag die een oomblik met jou en die volgende vir die hele mensdom.
- Die Burger
David Kramer is a rare talent. To be extremely funny while infact presenting the pathos of
our situation, requires true heart as well as true artistry. He has both. - The Argus
Bakgat! was recorded at Hi-Z Studios, Cape Town and the live performance at the Barleycorn
Folk Club during September and October 1980.