Key Quotes


Le Roux redefines the modern South African musical genre, rocking the roots of traditional African rhythm and challenging any preconceived ideas about what one is allowed to do with two keyboards, a speaker system, a descant recorder, a live cello and voice. Together with Debaere the performance was exceptional in terms of quality and originality. 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. (TALK OF THE TOWN, 20 March 2013)

This is talent of the highest order.. Francois stretches the imagination for what music is about. He whips it up and slings it around with the ease and nonchalance of a circus juggler. If you go to your grave without seeing this show, you will have let history pass you by. (Greg Pastoll, Cape Town,SA)

Every textural sound that a cello can create was evinced by the artist in cantilena and spiccato passages and precisely controlled glissando. Unlike the famous cellist Pablo Casals who grunted in his advanced years, Francois deploys the most telling vocalization from lips, tongue and glottis, as well as his lips to whistle to delineate rhythms and give peculiar colour. At other moments he sings in a perfectly pitched baritone. As to the music itself, it would be fair, if inadequate, to state that he brings a most imaginative fusion of classical and contemporary melody and harmony to his highly varied conceptions, which is not at all derivative. (Colin Lang, Knysna Reporter, South Africa)

Its not often one sees someone using human resources to have fun. (The HA!) is truly revolutionary. The most subversive art out there. Like a religious ceremony without the religion. (guitarist Derek Gripper, Cape Town)

I consider Francois Le Roux... to be one in a million. He is without question a musical genius... (and) able to combine his music with high levels of dance, mime and drama. (He is) also a gifted teacher and facilitator of group processes and his work creates unforgettable and inspiring experiences... (Dr Bruce Copley, Chairman of Aaha Learning)

The HA!Man transcends accepted standards because his brilliance operates beyond boundaries. What he brings to his work he finds from a depth of creative integrity within himself and, because the process is one of self-discovery, it is always dynamically refreshing. Where most entertainers 'touch', Francois 'changes'. His shift of emphasis from 'me' to 'we' has robust potential for lasting good in a self-seeking world gripped by moral bankruptcy. (playwright Peter Krummeck, Cape Town)