Kobus van Rooyen of Phoenix Muso is ‘n naam wat jy al sekerlik moes gehoor het as jy enige musiekfees bygewoon het in Suid-Afrika. The guy manages stages for a living, and he does a damn good job of it! He handled Wesley’s Dome at Oppikoppi and Otterlake Easter Festival a few weeks ago. Now, he’s embarking on a journey to Strab Festival (in Mosambiek) this afternoon on foot… from Pretoria. Dis reg! Van Snor City tot Mosambiek! Met net sy voete en mense se aanmoedigings wat hom dra!

Ons het so paar woorde met Meneer van Rooyen gehad voor sy epic journey:

Kobus, lekker om weer te praat! Hoe gaan dit nog? Is jy reg vir hierdie moerse uitdaging?

– Ek is so reg soos ek op die oomblik kan wees. Dit gaan goed. Ek’s nogal nervous maar ek is ook ongelooflik opgewonde oor die trip.

Nou wat het jou besiel om “My Road to Strab” aan te pak? Was hierdie al lankal ‘n idea or did it come out of the blue?

– Ek’t een aand by my vriendinne van SAARKIE se huis oorgeslaap en terwyl ek besig was om die fliek “Waiting” te kyk toe hoor ek ‘n lyn wat gestick het by my… Een van die karakters se “If you want to change your life, you need to create your own penis showing game” en toe besluit ek om STRAB toe te stap is ‘n goeie manier om metafories my piel vir die wêreld te wys.

What is going to be your biggest challenge on the road to Mozambique? We heard that you may encounter a few problems at the border?

– Border schmorder. What people hear and what is actually going on is usually two completely different things. I’ll deal with issues as they arise, and I refuse to live in fear or let fear decide my courses of action or non-action. The biggest challenge will probably just be getting the kilometers down. But I’m not sure exactly what is going to be tough and what not. All I know is I’ll be able to give you that answer when I’m done.

What have you done to prepare yourself for this momentous occasion? Did you read Bear Grylls’ autobiography yet?

– I’ve always been a huge fan of Bear Grylls actually, and I’ve had some survival training in the past. I do exercise quite regularly but obviously I’m hoping my condition will improve along the journey. Honestly, most of the prep work has gone into planning, but I haven’t had a car for about 3 years now, and I walk pretty much everywhere. Especially when I’m wasted.

Wat probeer jy met die staproete bereik? Ons het so voëltjie hoor fluit dat dit vir liefdadigheid is?

– Die doel is om mense te laat besef dat as jy bereid is kan mens plan maak om by goeie musiekfeeste uit te kom om goeie Suid Afrikaanse musiek te ondersteun. Mense is lief vir kla, maar is nie lief vir aksie nie. Maar die stap toer is ook om bewusmaking te doen vir STRAB se charity wing, die Mamoli Mission in Mosambiek. Hulle kyk na weeskinders daar, en ook na kinders wat geaffekteer is deur landmyn ontploffings. Dis na aan my hart om kinders te sien wat nie opgee nie, al het hulle minder as wat ek ooit sou gehad het of sal hê. Ek kan nie heeltyd maak of ek tough is nie.

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Who has been your biggest supporter on this great trek that you’re taking on?

– The biggest support has come from my friends in the music business. It’s been amazing to see them rally behind something I decided to take on. There are too many to all mention but I have to give special credence to Jessica Botha who has been doing all she can to get in sponsors for me as well as garner support for this cause. Also Christo de Beer from Activation Media who is backing my social media/promo side of this campaign. Well played guys, well played.

We know that you’ve been “training” for the past few day/s to accomplish your quest? Tell us a bit about it?

– I just drank as much as I could and smoked as much cigarettes as I could to be honest. I think 30 days on the road will be enough training…

What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you finally enter the festival ground at Mozambique? Stop walking would probably be the first thing… but after you stopped walking 😉

– I’m going to have a beer. Then I’m going to take a swim in the ocean and then have more beer.

How and where can the public get in touch with you on the road?

– You can whatsapp me on 0769813500 if you have any queries regarding this journey or you can mail christo@activationmedia.co.za. Also please like the FB page called My Road To STRAB. I’ll be tweeting and FB’ing all the way.

Will this be the first of many such adventures, or are you waiting to finish it before you give us an answer?

– There will be many, many more.

Laaste vraag; as mense jou wil support op “My Road to Strab” hoe kan hulle dit doen?

– Enige donasies is welkom. Die bankbesonderhede is op die FB blad, en die geld sal gebruik word vir huisvesting en dan ook vir kos langs die pad en die geld wat dan oorbly na die trip sal geskenk word aan Mamoli Mission. Gaan check ook die page uit, kyk na die roete en as daar enige iemand is wat my kan help met verblyf langs die pad sal dit obviously kiefpiele wees.

Dankie vir die klets Kobus! Ons wens jou alle sterkte toe, en hoop dat dit een huge fokken sukses gaan wees!