The HA!Man: 29 July 2016

Francois le Roux, aka the HA!Man, is no unknown in South Africa and the Eastern Cape. He has regularly visited East London in particular with school performances, house concerts and appearances at various public venues over the past 15 years. He is now joined in his global travels by partner Joke (“yo-kuh”) Debaere, with whom he now more than ever presents a unique stage phenomenon, as they operate independently and lead on by personal networking. For those who still do not know, the core of the HA! performance is spontaneous creativity. To the “HA!Man” – a multi-instrumentalist with a classical background – this is more than just another improvisation session. It is a quest for the origins of the creative impulse and a return to artistic skill that is not only acquired, but embedded in one’s bones and subconscious. Countless venues, houses, schools and other institutions have experienced something of the HA! for two decades now, in the form of performances, workshops, collaborations with other artists and development outreach. Joke Debaere, who is on her own journey of spontaneous art discovery, has joined since 2012 with improvised poetry and elements of acting, the latter being her professional background. Together these highly regarded talents capture moments in sound and words that emanates from and reach the human mind and heart in new and often deep ways. Expect the unexpected, a multi-artistic journey (cello, keys, the HA!Man’s trade-mark electronic accompaniments, flutes, dances, visuals, voice) that will take you through a full range of emotions and musical styles. Both audience and performer needs to let go and playfully enter the unknown. The reward of this is a lot of fun, inspiration and things to think about. For many, the HA! has been an unforgettable experience of connection and building community. Writes “Talk of the Town:” It is seldom that artists give so much of themselves in a performance as this pair did. The HA!Man is a musical revolution, and le Roux and Debaere’s performances are as memorable as they are emotive (Port Alfred, Feb 2013). More at