Blik kitaar twangs on

09 October 2014 - 02:08 By Jerome Cornelius
Singer-songwriter David Kramer opens the Music van de Caab museum at Solms-Delta wine estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape. With him is Johannes Coetzee who specialises in playing the guitar using a teaspoon held in his mouth as a plectrum
Singer-songwriter David Kramer opens the Music van de Caab museum at Solms-Delta wine estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape. With him is Johannes Coetzee who specialises in playing the guitar using a teaspoon held in his mouth as a plectrum
Image: ADRIAN DE KOCK/4ROOMZ.COM

Ghoema drumbeats and gospel tunes wafted through the air yesterday at the launch of a new centre dedicated to Cape music.

The Music van de Caab museum, on the Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek, Western Cape, is the first of its kind in South Africa.

A small exhibition area features touch-screens showing interactive displays, each with its own audio, and a display case containing instruments such as the bow lute and an oil-tin blik kitaar.

Curator Tracey Randle said the museum looked at the origins of Cape music.

"There are Khoi and San influences, and the instruments they might have played are on display here, such as leg rattles made from Springbok ears or moth cocoons," Randle said.

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