Wind farm helps Ceres band to shine on national stage
A recently formed band has been sharing a festival bill alongside some of South Africa’s top musical talent with the support of their local wind farm.
Basic Aim, from Ceres in the Western Cape, performed their eclectic set of golden oldies, jazz, modern R&B, reggae and local Afrikaans songs for this year’s National Arts Festival, which was staged online due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Guitarist and manager Julian Hails, who founded the band with his son, frontman Warrick, in July 2019 to showcase local talent, revealed how funding from the nearby Perdekraal East Wind Farm allowed them to professionally record their 40-minute ‘Country Quarintine’ gig and join the pay-per-view vFringe line-up.
He said: “Despite all the challenges of recording in lockdown, it was and still is an awesome experience to be part of our country’s first ever virtual festival and we are grateful for the support from Perdekraal East Wind Farm and everyone else that has supported us.
“We hope that next year we will get to perform to a live audience.”
The long-running festival, which is usually hosted by the Eastern Cape town of Makhanda and bills itself as Africa’s biggest annual celebration of the arts, featured jazz legend Gloria Bosman, the critically acclaimed Thandiswa Mazwai and Joburg chart-toppers Mi Casa among this year’s “11 Days of Amazing” headliners.
Its vFringe runs throughout July and was developed by NAF organisers to help local and emerging artists generate an income. Acts can host pre-recorded work on the website without any registration fee, and receive 90% of the income from ticket sales.
- The 110MW Perdekraal Wind Farm has been developed, is being constructed and will be operated by Mainstream for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. When commissioned later this year, it will have the capacity to generate 368 800 GWh/year of clean, renewable power into South Africa’s national power grid, equivalent to the annual energy needs of 111,118 homes.