South Africa’s Super Group Welcomes Loandi Boersma [Interview]
An Interview With Loandi Boersma
This September, 10 of South Africa’s local rock legends will once again unite as one in the battle against cancer, in support of the Vrede Foundation. For the 3rd annual Blood Brothers, South Africa’s first rock supergroup features 6 brand new members, including the lady of rock ‘n roll, Loandi Boersma, to perform at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg.
I had a quick chat with the Loandi to discuss the event. Here’s what she said:
Hi and thanks for talking to DPC about this year’s Blood Brothers event! You are the lead vocalist and bass player in Cortina Whiplash, a prominent local band producing merciless rock ‘n roll. I think you ladies are doing a damn fine job, but tell me more about the group and why you think it plays an important role in the growth of this genre in SA?
Cortina Whiplash started almost 10 years ago, after paying in a band called Rokkeloos together, we just fell in love with the creative outlet. The feeling you get when, after years of rehearsing and practicing, a show finally becomes something that’s bigger than you. We fell in love with connecting to the crowd, each other and ourselves. I think we play an important part in the growth of the SA music scene because we like to push our own boundaries and we try to give the crowd a unique experience.
As women, we encourage other women to pick up an instrument or a paintbrush or whatever it is that’s going to help you find your own voice to be yourself and that nobody should ever make you feel ashamed for that.
That’s amazing and I completely agree! So, how were you asked to be part of Blood Brothers and why do you think they chose you?
I received a phone call from Nicol, one of the organisers one morning asking me if I would be interested in joining the Blood Brothers. My answer was an immediate YES! I think they chose me because they recognize me as a part of the South African rock scene. Even though my music is not as commercially successful in South Africa as some of the other artists, we work hard as a band and have had the opportunity to play in places like Reunion Island and Angola.
Now in its third year, and you being one of the new members, how do you think this year will be different to the previous events?
I think it’s going to be bigger and better to be honest, they have changed the venue to one of my favourite clubs, The Good Luck Bar which has a lot more personality than a Casino theatre. The crowd definitely will experience a more intimate show and with this very interesting mix of artists, people can definitely expect a mind blowing evening!
Do you all know each other and, if not, is there a gathering before the event to introduce everyone?
I have been a part of the scene since I left high school basically. Before I joined my own band I went to watch every possible show I could. So, yes, I pretty much know most of the members on a personal level. Apart from rehearsals, we are also planning to have a lekker braai so everyone can discuss the show in a relaxed environment and make a few last decisions.
Sounds good! And when and where do you rehearse for the show? And is it difficult to get everyone together?
We rehearse in Midrand at Chis van der Walt’s, Tampora Studios. It is always difficult to plan around everyone’s busy schedules, but the guys are professionals and extremely talented, so that makes the job easier.
The event is held annually in support of the Vrede Foundation. Can you tell us a little bit about the cause and why it is important to you?
The Vrede foundation was founded Herman Pretorius, a late friend of mine, who had a huge influence on the South African music scene. He was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer, secondary lymph cancer and tertiary lung tumours in 2008, he was only 28 years old. The foundation raises awareness of cancer specifically in young people. For me it’s extremely important because you get to be a part of something that that can make a real difference in people’s lives. I believe that our highest purpose in this world as human beings, is to look after and help each other. Plus I get to work with world-class musicians.
Every year the group covers many famous songs, if it is not too much of a secret, can you share one or two of tracks that you guys are performing this year or even artists you are covering?
We have a very exiting program this year, I will be taking you to the Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. That’s all I’m going to say.
Haha, sounds good! So, how important is Blood Brothers in creating a “sister/brotherhood” between local artists, and showcasing talent to South African audiences?
I think that it is extremely important. We have incredible female talent in this country, and the Rock scene is still very male dominant. The guys are doing such a positive and wonderful thing, I would love to see more ladies starting their own bands, and in creating this “sister/brotherhood” I feel like we can inspire more females to do so.
Will the group record a new song or anthem this year? If so, what can we expect?
We have recorded a brand new single “Breathe” that has got all the flavours of each artist. The song turned out quite a powerful piece.
Lastly, do you think they should add more ladies to the line up next year?
Absolutely. I would love to see some females on drums and bass.
Thanks, and all the best with the preparation!
With 3 hours of non-stop rock ’n roll, the battle lines have been drawn. Pick your side, buy your
Date: 30 September 2017
Venue: The Good Luck Bar, Johannesburg
Entrance Fee: R200 (Early Bird Limited), R250 (Online & Door)
Time: 2PM – 90s Pre-Party | 8PM Blood Brothers
Book Online: Plankton http://bit.ly/2tfDo6b
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2t3IFcI
Photos: Leigh Taylor Photography