Jannie du Toit and Leon Gropp
Leon Gropp, founder member of the instrumental group CH2, and Jannie du Toit, pioneer of Afrikaans music, will present a joint feast of music and song on April 8 at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria under the title SMULPAAP. They thereby declare that they are like minded gourmets: avid addicts of music and language.
Musicians’ paths often feel like being on an exciting ride like a carousel or sometimes a mountain pass – roads that keep winding through ups and downs, where one can drive through a valley without any view and then suddenly surge to a high peak and see a stunning panorama. There are other cars as well from time to time, flashing between the greenery for a moment and then disappearing again.
Jannie and Leon are musicians who often wave at one another in passing – at festivals, in studios or on tours through the Karoo or elsewhere. They have great respect for each other’s work and have long realized that they have a lot in common: a passion for life, for beauty, for good taste, for music and for language . They are at different points on a similar journey, both putting the emphasis on artistic excellence as opposed to some other preferences that might have prevailed. Now the two are joining forces, getting into a double carriage of a carousel for just one evening. They plan to serve their gourmet dishes together, as the Afrikaans bard, Langenhoven, would say: share joy to make the joy bigger.
They are assisted by Jannie’s established ensemble of Susan Mouton (cello), Chanie Jonker (piano) and Theuns Botha (drums) as well as Leon’s regular pianist, Marcel Dednam. The work of poets and musicians such as Van Wyk-Louw, Christa Steyn, Koos Doep, Lucas Maree and Jacques Brel will be heard, but the emphasis is on Leon and Jannie’s own material – mainly new compositions from their pens and guitars: food for the connoisseur. Come feast at the Atterbury!
Artists: Jannie du Toit, Leon Gropp, Susan Mouton, Chanie Jonker, Theuns Botha and Marcel Dednam