ATKV-Crescendo’s Platformsessies music production set to pay tribute to South African musical icon, Anneli van Rooyen, with a must-see concert later this month in Stellenbosch

ATKV-Crescendo’s Platformsessies music production set to pay tribute to South African musical icon, Anneli van Rooyen, with a must-see concert later this month in Stellenbosch
Anneli van Rooyen

ATKV-Crescendo the musical development project, where they mentor up and coming Afrikaans artists, is set to host a celebration in honour of South Africa musical superstar and legend, Anneli van Rooyen this month.

On Friday 19 November, ATKV-Crescendo will pay tribute to one of the greatest legends born out of the project with a must-see musical celebration in her honour titled: Platformsessies, die Anneli van Rooyen episode.

Anneli van Rooyen took part and won ATKV-Crescendo in 1979. She is most probably one of the biggest legends ever discovered through the project

For ATKV-Crescendo Project Organiser, Morne van Staden, this upcoming show is a “full-circle” celebration “to say thank you to Anneli van Rooyen”.

“It only makes sense, that the first tribute show that Platformsessies will produce, is a tribute show to Anneli van Rooyen, because she ensured through her music and character that ATKV-Crescendo and brands such as Platformsessies exists and continues to creates platforms and opportunities for other artists, such as the cast who will be performing in the show, who are all Crescendo-family members, whether it’s as finalists or mentors or even both.”

He adds: “We as ATKV-Crescendo, through Platformsessies, which was created to provide an equal platform and a place of equalisation for artists, want to celebrate the artist and person that is, Anneli van Rooyen through her music. It is a natural evolution and besides her music and legendary status, Anneli is a phenomenal person, with whose heart, soul and being the values of the project still resonates.”

Get ready for an evening of Anneli van Rooyen like never before, with some of Afrikaans music’s most talented musos’ including Anna Davel, Jodi Jantjies (who released her debut album recently), Hilton Mandela Andries as well as Melissa van der Spuy. The show will be hosted by Robin Fourie and Whaden Johanne, who will also be performing.

Robin Fourie, who is the creative director and brand ambassador for ATKV-Crescendo and Platformsessies, says the audience is in for a treat with this “once-in-a-lifetime tribute concert”.

“There will be duets and mashups and hopefully it will give a new feel to the songs we are so familiar with. It’s going to be heartfelt, intimate and genuine – we promise that it is going to be very mesmerising,” he says.

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Ticket prices: R150 per person
Date:  Friday 19 November 2021
Time: 18:30pm (doors open at 17:00pm)
Dress code: Smart Casual / Cocktail wear

A cash bar will be available.

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Crescendo is not a talent competition – it’s a development program 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 own dialect. Through this method, the project ensures that there is a constant flow of new talent, new songs and new sounds to the Afrikaans music industry.

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

Each person who auditions must do so a song written by him or herself and where physical auditions are presented, followed by a one-day workshop hosted by a team of Crescendo mentors, and at the end of on the day, finalists are selected for the Mentor Program – the mentor program is presented annually and therefore 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 words or traits, Character and Integrity.

After the mentoring program, the finalists are selected for the finals of Crescendo – these groups are then invited to a final workshop of about a week, which concludes with a launch concert. The launch concert offers finalists the opportunity to also share the stage with the mentors and 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, which aims to empower artists as entrepreneurs and 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 as well as relevant experience that each Mentor can offer from their reality and frame of reference