Boer en Skot is an acoustic show with Bok van Blerk (without the rest of his band), Peter Mitchell and Henning Joubert. It is a show that has been performed about 30 times around South Africa and includes most of Bok van Blerk’s popular songs, where he takes the opportunity to tell you more about the song and the writing behind it.
The most interesting thing about the show was Peter Mitchell who asks the audience for random words and made a song on the spot with all the words, which included “Me”, “You”, “Rugby”, “Basket” and a lot of other random words.
Bok van Blerk busy with one of his jokes, impersonating Jonas.
Henning Joubert, the instrumentalist was absolutely fantastic, playing the accordion, a mandolin, and various guitars – all to perfection. In the beginning of one of the songs the string of the guitar snapped, and whilst taking the opportunity (by the cast) to tell yet another joke, he fixed the guitar string, and tuned it in less than probably a minute.
I was extremely tired, after a long week of early mornings and late evenings but the music was quite enjoyable. I did not find the jokes as hysterically funny as most of the crowd did, mainly because it felt like deja vu in that all of it, I have heard on other occasions. Louis Pepler had the exceptional gift of stretching a very simplistic and plain joke out to about 7 or 8 minutes. This was milked to such an excruciating point that I felt like screaming – don’t bore us, get to the punch line!
It was quite enjoyable (even for me who’s by all standards not really a big Afrikaans music lover). The show was held in a school hall and the staff at the school really took some time and effort to decorate the school hall to suit the theme – there was even a stuffed warthog on stage.
Boer en Skot is quite entertaining, even if you go and watch it for the instrumentalist who proves that no instrument is too daunting to play. Although Henning Joubert was supposed to be a back vocalist and instrumentalist, in my biased opinion, stole the show.
For anybody with a love for Afrikaans music (especially the songs of Bok van Blerk) I would suggest that they make a point to go and see this show... even if it means you have to endure Phillip Moolman at the Blou Hond restaurant for a mandatory opening program!
Bok van Blerk, still busy with the joke impersonating Jonas, which felt like an hour later and still not reaching this punchline.