Zoid to de­liver a rock­ing good time

De Waal Park free con­cert will see singer­gui­tarist per­form some songs in Afrikaans

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODVIBES - WENDYL MARTIN

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.

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