Zoid to deliver a rocking good time
De Waal Park free concert will see singerguitarist perform some songs in Afrikaans
ROCK favourite Karen Zoid will take to the Edwardian bandstand at De Waal Park tomorrow afternoon for what is set to be a family-friendly show. And you don’t have to pay a cent to see her. The South African Music Awardwinning rocker will be playing an acoustic set as part of the Friends of De Waal Park’s Summer Concerts in the Park series.
The Good Weekend chatted to Zoid between a busy recording schedule for her new album – which will be recorded in Afrikaans.
About the concert, she said: “We will tell stories and play hits. The songs will be sung as acoustic songs. People will probably come with their kids and will just be finished ( tired) with 2011. It is a casual event aimed at the family.”
And being a mother is one of the reason why she agreed to perform.
“I’m a mother and I love taking my son to performances when I can. I love picnic concerts where people can lie on the grass. It is a part of the South African lifestyle. You can’t do this in India.”
Zoid believes acoustic performances come with their own challenges.
“The De Waal Park concert kicks off two months of acoustic performing for me.
“It leaves you to work with raw songs and they are challenging to play.
“With delay pedals, the audience don’t pick up on mistakes. But when it’s just voices, you laugh and carry on.
“It’s good for the brain. When I play with my band, I have a beer before. But if it’s acoustic, I have water and coffee so I can concentrate.”
She will use the concert to introduce the audience to some of her new work.
“Every show has to be different. I will perform some of my Afrikaans and English songs and some new material. Since June, I have been working on my new Afrikaans album, which should be released next year in April. I am going to play one or two new songs from the album.”
The response to her new work so far has been good, she says, but she is still nervous.
“South Africans are polite. It is difficult to write in Afrikaans. If you put an English dictionary next to an Afrikaans one, the Afrikaans one is smaller. There are some words that are not used so much any more.”
So far, she has recorded six tracks for the new album but she envisages a 12- to 14-track album.
“I am forcing myself to write. This is the first album in eight years that I was able to do over a long time. Working in my mother tongue, I have been able to focus on emotions… It is funny though, when you speak in your own language, you can be more expressive.”
She has also been experimenting with different sounds beyond her guitar and rock voice.
“I have been using delay pedals and played with the piano. It sometimes sounds operatic.
“I am concentrating on the emotion of the message. If it is a sad song, it must be a tear-jerker. If it is an angry song, it must be a bloodboiling one… It’s a big production album.”
The chairman of Friends of De Waal Park, Michael Bosazza, says they are thrilled to have Zoid perform at the park.
“The reason we started the concert series is because we have a bandstand. And bandstands need music.”
For updates from Karen Zoid, follow her on Twitter@karenzoid. The Friends of De Waal Park can be followed @dewaalpark.
The Summer Concerts in The Park series take place on certain Sunday afternoons until April 1 next year.
Zoid’s performance starts at 3pm but concertgoers are encouraged to arrive from 2pm with their own picnics as no food or drinks will be on sale. De Waal Park is on Molteno Road with entrances there and in Upper Orange and Camp streets.
READY TO ROLL: Expect loads of riffs, but not any raffs, at Karen Zoid’s concert in De Waal Park tomorrow.