“Thank you to Werner and Seleke
for their absolute professionalism at the Urth Market. When the power went off (lightning strike on the power tower 🙂 they kept the show going !!” – Risna Opperman, Owner of Urth.
February’s Bloemfontein rainfall was something to behold. I considered a new venture – growing rice – for a few minutes, and then decided against it after strong, black coffee.
Urth’s Pre-Valentine’s Friday Evening Market attracted rain clouds, as did almost every day of 2017’s month of love (why don’t we love in other months as well?) We set up under a low, louvered roof as the clouds kept building. The diverse array of stalls stood scattered throughout the Urth grounds under a
rainbow assortment of gazebos.
The market got underway with Werner FM, followed by SelekeSongs and a collaborative ZeBroz75 set. A 7-year-old boy, Werno, sat down on a chair right in front of us, started tapping his feet, shaking his shoulders and clapping his hands on his needs. Lovely percussion. I gave him a shaker, turning him into a band member! The young man jammed with us until he left with his parents.
After the 3 opening sets, improv happened to make music for the Miss Valentine Rose 2017 pageant, and then …
… the rain came down, lighting struck the power tower,
wrapping the entire premises in darkness. We rushed the sound equipment inside. Had a beer, as a farewell drink … but then it became clear that the people didn’t want to leave, and more people were joining the party!
I strapped on my djembe and guitar, Seleke donned his instrument and we started meandering – minstrels – from table to candle-lit table.
“Hi, may we be your minstrels …?”
“You are welcome.”
“Okay, and what would you like to hear …?”
An unforgettable, romantic evening at Urth Café.
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