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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery in association with Music Revival present the internationally acclaimed The HA! Man Show for one performance only this evening (February 20) at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

South Africa’s HA!Man (Francois le Roux) is a highly regarded multi-artistic cellist, who has independently woven waves of spontaneity around the globe since 1992, doing “HA!” performances and workshops in Spontaneous Creativity.

Improvising on the piano since age four, as a church organist at age 10 and since his twenties (uniquely) as a full time profession, he is noted for the way he combines his classical music training with a range of musical influences, to constantly find new ways of expressing true feeling through music. During the ‘90’s, he spent years playing on the streets of South Africa before expanding onto a global performance routine that connects his work to a dizzying array of people, places and performance venues - an inspirational troubadour for the 21st century!

Joining in 2013 as full-time guest performer is Joke Debaere, actress, performance poet and singer from Belgium, flowing in the same spontaneous vein, already eliciting strong responses from audiences.

“Audience members are often left speechless, overcome with deep feeling and unable to describe the HA! experience in regular terms,” says the publicity material. “The combination of a world class instrumentalist (cello and piano) with an encyclopaedic musical language (including classical, African, jazz and oriental influences), the spirituality and unpredictability of momentary creation (all instrumental playing is improvised) and masterful sonic textures (computerized accompaniments) is broadly regarded as one of a kind. Yet the HA! character is at once simple and natural enough to fully engage young kids and musically lay people. In short, for both performer and audience, HA! is a feeling to be felt, a dare to be present and a breathing from the heart.” More information at

The HA! Man Show starts at 19h30 on February 20 in the Tatham Art Gallery, opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Tickets: R60 available from Music Revival on 033 342 3051 or  and at the door. There is secure parking - try the new parking lot on the parliament side of the Gallery

Café Tatham will be open especially for this evening, serving light meals before the concert. Booking essential to avoid disappointment on 033 342 8327.