The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) and Mothership Studios, is presenting a new and exclusive music series from Thursday, 30 July to Thursday, 24 September. Music lovers will be able to enjoy this series in the comfort and safety of their homes, with performances by some of South Africa’s very best musicians and entertainment stars like they have not been seen since the national lockdown.

The Mothership Sessions shows are recorded in the studio of Karen Zoid. “Nothing will ever replace a live concert in a stadium, an arena, or in a theatre, but lockdown has made us reevaluate how we look at things. and this is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s just different. In all likelihood, live shows will not be able to be presented anytime soon, but that won’t keep us from making music for our people. Escape is necessary for survival, and for this reason my colleagues and I want people to sit back and forget about this pandemic that is dominating our thoughts”, says Zoid.

Elandré launches the first Mothership Sessions series on Thursday, 30 July. Born and raised in Despatch in the Eastern Cape, he has stolen the hearts of South Africans with his distinctive deep voice and his debut album Kleindorp-dromer. With his five-piece orchestra, Elandré will set screens on fire.

Other performances in this series to look forward to include Emo Adams Unplugged on Thursday, 06 August. In this exceptional experience with a four-piece band, including piano, saxophone and guitar, Adams’ father, Omar, will also join him for a song or two.

A very special performance is presented by Karen Zoid on her birthday, Monday, 10 August. Zoid is accompanied by her band, as well as Theo Crous, lead guitarist of the legendary Springbok Nude Girls.

South Africa’s top indie rock band, Watershed (Thursday, 20 August) is one of South Africa’s most popular export products. Their performance promises great live music, including some of their iconic songs.

The Afrikaans songwriter Jan Blohm (Thursday, 27 August) is performing the show of a lifetime: captivating, raw and honest, just like his music.

Elvis Blue can be seen on Thursday, 03 September in a soulful show that includes some of his most popular songs such as Die Hemel, Jou Huis, Toe ons Jonk Was and Lighthouse.

On Thursday, 10 September Anna Davel takes us on a journey with acoustic piano, sax and vocal arrangements with melodies that have captivated us for decades. The show will include some of her own songs, as well as songs by some of the greatest legends of our time.

Emerging star, Roan Ash (Thursday, 17 September) combines folk music, blues, country and rock with his soothing melodies and lyrics. His platinum album, Whiskey to My Soul was nominated for a SAMA in the category Best Adult Contemporary Album.

On Thursday, 24 September, Eet Kreef! brings the first series of Mothership Sessions to a crescendo`ing close. This iconic album by Johannes Kerkorrel and the Gereformeerde Blues Band is celebrated 30 years after it was originally released. With aKING lead singer Laudo Liebenberg, a hot band and new arrangements of iconic songs such as Energy, Hillbrow, Hoe ek voel and all the hits that made the original record a cult hit, this show promises many a goosebump moment.

Shows are broadcast online every Thursday evening and will be available for viewing til that Sunday, with Karen Zoid’s show broadcast on Monday, 10 August. Music lovers from across the globe can tune in to enjoy the Mothership Sessions series in high definition. Tickets are sold at a mere R150 – for the entire family to enjoy together – and are available on www.webtickets.co.za, where the shows can also be watched on a very user-friendly platform.

Donations toward the Tribuo Fund can be made with the purchase of any Mothership Sessions tickets. This fund was created to support those involved in the performing arts during the Covid-19 pandemic. More information is available on www.kknk.co.za.