“Kaptein”!

 Kurt Darren and the dancing parrot

 (Sien onder vir die Afrikaanse weergawe)

 A while ago I accompanied a group of children on a visit to Butterfly World just outside Paarl. The visit was one of the activities arranged by the workers of a day care centre in Fairyland, an informal settlement between Paarl and Wellington. The aim of the centre was to provide a safe place for these children, who would probably otherwise spend their time on the streets of Fairyland and the surrounding neighbourhoods. (I am always curious to see how organisations and individuals in different towns of South Africa, address the problems of street children or children without healthy families. This curiosity led to me joining this group of youngsters on their first visit to Butterfly World.)

After arriving there, they had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the habits of spiders, reptiles and butterflies as well as to meet a couple of special parrots. As the group assembled in front of the cage with parrots, the tourguide told them that Monty, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, likes dancing to Kurt Darren’s “Kaptein”. They did not need much more encouragement and immediately started singing. Unfortunately it did not have the desired effect on Monty. He just stared at them, rather motionless. Whether he was not in the mood, or whether they were not singing “Kaptein” quite like Kurt, I do not know. However, as they started singing “Kyk hoe dat die voëltjies vlieg” in a second attempt to generate some action, the moves appeared from an unexpected source… Whatch the video to see what happened! 

(I am technologically retarded, hence the unedited version of the video…)

 

Kaptein” sing die kinders vir die kaketoe! 

In die meeste dorpe en stede in ons land is daar projekte en organisasies wat poog om minderbevoorregte kinders te help en te ondersteun. Ek is altyd geinteresseerd in wat hulle doen en hoe hulle te werk gaan, en probeer om meer uit te vind waar ek kan. So het dit gebeur dat ek ‘n rukkie gelede saam met ‘n groepie kinders Butterfly World, net buite die Paarl, besoek het. Die kinders was lede van ‘n nasorg sentrum wat begin is om kinders uit die informele woonbuurt, Fairyland te versorg. Die volwassenes wat werksaam was by die nasorg het die kinders bedags besig gehou met stimulerende aktiwiteite. Een so ‘n aktiwiteit was die uitstappie na Butterfly World. Hier kon hulle nader kennis maak met baie meer as net skoenlappers: daar was spinnekoppe, slange, ander reptiele en ‘n paar baie interessante papegaaie. Die papegaaie was die laaste besoekpunt. By die hok aangekom, het die toergids hulle vertel dat Monty, die kaketoe, baie lief is vir dans. Die kleinspan het nie baie aansporing nodig gehad nie, en soos een man “Kaptein, span die seile” begin sing. Die kaketoe het egter net koponderstebo na die spannetjie gekyk… Of hulle net nie na sy smaak gesing het, en of hy net nie die dag lus was vir dans nie, weet ek nie. Wat ek wel weet, is dat toe die klompie lostrek met “Kyk hoe dat die voeltjies vlieg” was daar heelwat aksie, al het dit uit ‘n onverwagse oord gekom! Kyk gerus wat gebeur het…

(My tegnologiese gestremdheid is die rede vir die ongeredigeerde weergawe van die video…)

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