It has, since its inception in 2010, become a treasured and favourite happening on the Pretoria events calendar. Die Dowe Digters is a monthly event in the capital city, and functions as a creative platform for both amateur and established artists to perform their work in an intimate environment.
The event, which usually takes place on a Thursday, starts-off with an open microphone period; giving the audience, or any attendee, the opportunity to take the stage. They have their chance to read poetry, perform music, or sing songs of their choice. After this, the proceedings move into the featured act of the night, which usually is a more established musical artist from Pretoria or elsewhere. When the headline set concludes, the night turns into one of the finest shindigs in town. The party afterward usually features DJs playing sweet vinyl or digital sounds into the night.
Die Dowe Digters was started and managed by my good friend Andries De Beer (aka Abjater Ronkedoor) way back when, and bequeathed to me and my close friend, Dominique Dicks, in 2012 when Andries moved to Cape Town. From then on, with a few venue shifts along the way, we managed to grow and develop the event; hosting masterly singers, songwriters, poets and musicians. The likes of Jaco Van Der Merwe (Bittereinder), Kobus De Kock Jnr. (The Black Cat Bones), Bacchus Nel, Donovan Borne (Feed the Wolf, Jack Hammer), Naas Veld, Janie Bay, and Die See.
In 2015, I departed as co-owner and operator before going overseas and to focus on other prospects. My good friends, Dominique and her life-partner, skilled South African guitar virtuoso Jaco Mans, took complete control of the initiative and the monthly events. Together they turned it into something we never could have visualized. They have since featured cosmic performances by acts such as Southern Gypsy Queen, Jamie Acheson, Gerald Clark, Jonathan Peyper Trio, Albert Meintjies, Deon Bakkes & The Stolen Horses, and Pieter De Jager. They have hosted countless poets and open mic artists, and pulled off some of the foremost vinyl spin-off parties in the 012.
These days Die Dowe Digters call Blue Crane Restaurant’s upper bar their home, and good friend, Dominique du Toit, has also joined the skeleton crew. The good show, fine people, pleasurable food and drink, along with the warm and inviting locale, makes for a bucket list activity in my hometown. Even if I say so myself. I still attend diligently as an honorary associate and alum.
The next event is Thursday, 27th September, 19:00. It features Ann Jangle, and the entrance fee is R40. For more information visit the Die Dowe Digters Facebook page and follow Dowe Digters on Instagram. Email: [email protected]