PJ POWERS HEADS UP THE LEGENDS STAGE AT SPLASHY FEN 2019
Splashy Fenners can look forward to yet another historical performance at this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival, as the Legends of the Fen showcase is set to entertain and excite the crowds with its diverse and crowd-pleasing (not to mention seriously famous) line-up.
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Don Clarke, convener of the Legends of the Fen show, with his partner Dicky Roberts, has been crafting, managing and hosting the popular Legends showcase for three successive years. Adding to the rich historical relevance that Splashy Fen has both for locals and Fenners from afar, Legends of the Fen provides a casually creative platform for those who once played to the crowds at festivals long gone.
Paying tribute to 30 years of great quality South African music, it is a fitting tribute to those who have helped build the iconic festival into what it is today – particularly as the festival celebrates its Pearl Anniversary this Easter.
The showcase, starting at 12 pm on Sunday the 21st of April, will open with a solo set from the legendary and mercurial Jack Mantis. He will be followed by LEGEND IN THE MAKING, a new feature that celebrates younger, greener artists on the rise. This year, the exceptionally talented Rorke will entertain the crowds with his wizard guitar skills and songwriting abilities.
Needing no introduction, Roly Struckmeyer and his 3-piece band will take to the stage, followed by the ubiquitous and fabulous Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters who have become something of an institution at Splashy Fen - with their quirky act and wonderful music, loved by all.
After the hairy boys, we introduce something quite different for the stage; The Meditators - an amazing reggae band from Durban, who are fast growing their enormous reputation with a mesmerizing brand of roots reggae.
Finally, our Coup de Gras…PJ Powers herself! Don Clarke has had an association with PJ for many years, starting with her massive hit of his reconciliation song Sanbonani, back in the late 80s.
More than a legend on the stage, PJ is a monumental South African icon who stands alongside the stalwarts like Mango Groove and Johnny Clegg. Once the singer with hugely successful group Hotline, she went on to become a darling of the people with a solo career that, to this day, just keeps on rolling. Thandeka, her Zulu name given to her by the people, means “the loved one”. And that she is!
“We will be performing our “must have” song Hey-Na-Splashy,” says Clarke. “And we will definitely take up the opportunity to join PJ on stage for Sanbonani, as we promise to offer Splashy Fen fans something truly special once again.”
The 30th edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival takes place in the rolling foothills of beautiful Underberg, over the Easter long weekend from Thursday the 18th of April to Monday the 22nd of April. Fans can still purchase tickets online at splashyfen.co.za for R890 per person for the full 4-day festival, and day passes will be sold at the gates throughout the duration of the festival.