ATKV-Crescendo’s Platformsessies goes Eks’perimenteel this month with their must-attend concert in Stellenbosch this week

ATKV-Crescendo’s Platformsessies goes Eks’perimenteel this month with their must-attend concert in Stellenbosch this week
Sarah Theron

ATKV Crescendo finalists are ready to take to the stage this Heritage Month with iconic Sarah Theron making a special appearance.

Headlining the show this week Friday (16 September) are Jason Baartman and Die Twaalf (Kurt-Lee Hammond) who both made it to the finals of this year’s ATKV Mentor Programme. The duo is from Ceres and Jeffreys Bay respectively and are looking forward to displaying what they have learnt through the ATKV-Crescendo musical development project.

“Performing in front of an ATKV audience remains one of the most wonderful encounters that any performing artist can ever experience. There are always new things happening. Not the ‘hype-type’ new, but the real, ‘genuine-type’ of new. It’s in these moments when the most beautiful magic happens when the audience and the artists become one soul flying together across the borders of familiar comfort,” said Theron.

This series of Platformsessies has been dubbed Eks’perimenteel, a play on the Afrikaans words “ek is eksperimenteel”, and hopes to change the format of the shows without sacrificing the quality that has become synonymous with Platformsessies. According to the creative director of the Platformsessies, Robin Fourie, those in attendance can expect the same quality, the same level of creativity and a fully weighted program.

MCs for the evening are performing artist and poet Gracia Nicholls and actress and singer Marsha Bothma. “Using these artists to accompany hip-hop singers is a unique approach, perfectly aligning with the Eks’perimenteel tagline,” explains Fourie.

“Kurt-Lee and Jason are rappers, but Marsha, Sarah and Gracia are also going to be there which means there is going to be vocals and poetry, a mix that will help introduce the audience to genres they might not usually gravitate towards.”

Platformsessies’ limited range of ATKV-Crescendo wines featuring the performers of each Platformsessies will be available at the event at R150 per bottle.


Venue: The Daisy Jones Bar, Stellenbosch

Date: 15 September

Time: 6pm doors open, show starts at 7pm

Tickets: R150

Bookings: Contact Ronel Vorster – [email protected] / 021 880 1761

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● ATKV-Crescendo is not a talent competition. It is a development programme aimed at equipping songwriters with expertise. The project also focuses on discovering new sounds in Afrikaans and all participants are encouraged to write and sing in their dialect ensuring that there is a constant flow of new talent, songs and sounds in the Afrikaans music industry.

● Auditions are held annually to find new aspiring songwriters. Auditions are offered as far as possible between metropolises as well as areas where people do not have easy access to these types of events. There is also an annual opportunity for digital entries.

● Each person who auditions must do a performance of a song written by him or herself, followed by a one-day workshop hosted by a team of Crescendo mentors. At the end of the day finalists are selected for the mentorship programme, which is presented annually and consists of finalists selected during auditions as well as finalists selected from the digital entries.

● The project places a tremendous amount of focus on human development, and the core of training and development is grounded in two concepts, namely character and integrity.

● After the mentoring programme, finalists are selected for the finals of ATKV-Crescendo which consists of a final workshop of about a week concluded with a launch concert. The launch concert offers finalists the opportunity to share the stage with the mentors. During the week of the workshop, they rehearse with the Crescendo orchestra.

● Part of the training offered is entrepreneurship in the arts and this course aims to empower artists as entrepreneurs to ensure that they can be self-sustaining.

● The team of mentors is selected from a diverse pool of musicians and artists, thus ensuring that each finalist is served with as much expertise, knowledge and relevant experience that each mentor can offer from their reality and frame of reference.