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By BRUCE DENNILL
Parklife Gourmet Food And Music Festival / Emmarentia Botanical Garden, Johannesburg
There’s a pleasing trend in South African music festivals that is seeing stronger line-ups curated for specific audiences – rather than the hit-and-miss strategy of piling a bunch of artists onto a schedule and hoping that at least a few will hit the mark – and also charging ticket prices that feel appropriate rather than apologetic.
Parklife 2019 featured a mostly guitar-driven collective, bar the lone house and pop inclusion of Lady Zamar, who was both popular and confident enough to ensure that her set didn’t feel like an anomaly sound-wise. Sandwiched between festivals celebrating Afrikaans and urban music respectively, it also featured artists performing exclusively, or at least predominantly, in English.
Setting the bar unreasonably high at the outset, a relaxed, genial Werner Bekker showcased the range of techniques – percussive lap slide (if that is a…
To read the complete pARTicipate review visit http://www.brucedennill.co.za/music-review-parklife-festival-2019-convincing-curation-or-fine-focus-fulfilled/