We heard about a little festival called STRAB at another festival, Mieliepop Festival. So after doing some research, and a brief email to the organizers we thought we’d let you in on this little getaway option.
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STRAB – a unique success story about SA music lovers and the Mozambicans of Ponta Malongane
The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues (“STRAB”) experience started in 2003 when a group of 60 scuba divers from the dive school Ocean Ecstasy in Pretoria decided to add some live music to one of their weekends in Ponta Malongane, in the south of Mozambique. It was initially held in August and was known as “The Birthday Bash”.
After much deliberation it was decided to invite the legendary local band Jack Hammer to perform life at the event. The band plays a large variety of music, from love ballads to hard rock in both Afrikaans and English. The fact that all their songs have powerful lyrics and speak to all music lovers made them a perfect choice and added to the success of the weekend.
Only about 120 South Africans participated in the second event and all enjoyed a weekend of fun, scuba and rock & roll. Piet Botha, lead singer and guitarist from Jack Hammer, was so moved by the experience that he wrote a song about Mozambique and insisted that another weekend be arranged. Annerie, owner of Ocean Ecstasy, gladly obliged, and The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues Experience was born. Piet Botha suggested the name which comes for the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean and Home sick Blues”. The combination of sea, scuba diving and music reminded him of something “subterranean”. A professional sound engineer (Conrad Jamneck) and lighting was added to the equation and more than a hundred scuba divers and other music fans joined the third party the next year.
In 2005, the festival stepped up a notch or two, with bands like Southern Gypsy Queen, Scicoustic and Albert Frost being added to the line-up.
In 2006, the STRAB team went all out while still aiming to provide a balance between the number of bands and the number of people that Ponta Malongane can accommodate, while still retaining the relaxed spirit of the beautiful venue. Akkedis, Clark & Van der Hoven, Gian Groen, Janice & the Half Jacks, Die KaalkopWaarheid, Orkez, Riku Latti, Steelkant, STRAB All Stars and The Lost joined the four bands from the previous year, turning STRAB into an exclusive but established event on the musical calendar.
In 2007 Malongane was filled to capacity for the first time. Some people even booked accommodation in resorts nearby just to be able to share the experience and to see the bands perform. Dan Patlansky, Brixton Moord en Roof, No Quarter, Ménage à Trois, Fake Leather Blues Band, Tidal Waves, Gerald Clark + Henry Steele, D-DAY 4-EVER , Natalie Chapman, Couch Potatoes, Kenny & POROROCA played at STRAB for the first time.
Since 2008 STRAB has continued to provide exposure to bands from rock to blues to jazz to fusions of these. We continue to aspire to provide “Original music for original people” (favourite line from our good friends Tidal Waves).
Due to its location, STRAB will always be an exclusive event. The venue does not allow for thousands of people to flock to Malongane and this is how it will remain. Those who attend the festival are committed music lovers and have always supported the festival’s philosophy of respect, love and harmony.
In 2013, the STRAB experience will commence on Wednesday 22 May with a beach party against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. Building on this the official festival starts on 23 May, with a line-up of about 20 bands that will perform on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
We look forward to getting to this festival should time and finances allow us to, we suggest you get up there if you have the means…
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