From now until 19 January, you can rock out to the sounds of the one stringed Kalahari ‘segaba’ of Oteng Piet, the upside-down guitar playing of Ronnie Moipolai or the teaspoon slide efforts of Hannes Coetzee. These are just three of the performers in David Kramer’s new concert called Kalahari Karoo Blues, on at the Baxter Theatre.
Kramer’g gig is all about exploring Southern Africa’s musical heritage. The Solms Delta wine venture, under the stewardship of neuro-pyschoanalyst Mark Solms, is all about taking on the South African wine industry’s not entirely illustrious past and so a natural fit.
Before last night’s show, a chance to taste some of the current release Solms Delta wines, the stand-out for me being the Amalie 2010, a blend of 48% Viognier, 33% Roussanne and 19% vine dessicated Grenache Blanc, barrel fermented and matured for four months in French oak. There’s nothing obvious about the aromatic or flavour profile – suggestions of apricot, spice and some herbal character – but there’s nice texture counterbalanced by tangy acidity and the finish is long and savoury. Suitably original in last night’s context. Score: 17/20. Farm price: R110.