Wind farm helps Ceres band to shine on national stage

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.

Watch Basic Aim's Country Quarantine Live show, available on-demand until the end of July for R40, here, and view clips from the set on the band's Facebook page.

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