Concerts from the South African Lockdown

This page posts the You Tube links to three Lockdown Concerts. These concerts are self-accompanied. All are prepared during the South African Covid-19 Lockdown. The release dates are the end of April, June and August.

Programme One (April).

Musicians for the Sarjeant, Whanganui, New Zealand.

Welcome to the South African Covid-19 Lockdown. This “concert” was filmed in the Art Gallery of the Grande Provence Wine Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa. The concert is to replace the ‘Musicians for the Sarjeant’ fundraiser Concert in Whanganui, New Zealand. Unfortunately, Qantas have cancelled my flight. I am not sure when I will next return.

This “concert” will be continually updated with better versions as I fix things I don’t like. Information about Programme Two (June) is also below.



Tis’ the Last Rose of Summer
I pressed the wrong button and made myself look really pale…: D

Lucia di Lammermoor – Regnava/Quando
I apologise for the static in the mic.
7 minutes

Linda di Chamounix – Ah, tardai…
My guitar hit my stomach at the very end of the top C! Grrr! Apart from that, it went ok. 5 minutes


The Harp that once through Tara’s Halls
This song was very popular in the 19th Century. 4.5 mins.

Ave Maria – Schubert
This has an 19th Century authentic accompaniment. 3mins.

O quante volte – 440HZ
I have tried this piece in all sorts of tunings. Here it is standard tuning.

La Serenata
This Italian Song by Tosti is really fun to play on the guitar!

Interlude: The wine estate I am filming from is in this video.

3 min


Quick tour of the Art Gallery
Grande Provence Wine Estate Art Gallery. Shut for the lockdown.
1 min.

Oscar’s Aria
The guitar is tuned to 432HZ. The HZ the Italian Govt. passed into law.
2.10 min

Je veux vivre
I love singing this aria. It has taken longer because of all the barre chords. 3.40mins

Hine e Hine
Thank you to the staff at Grande Provence Wine Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa, for the use of the Art Gallery. And, a huge shout out to The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Aotearoa/New Zealand. This is a Lullaby. 2.37 min.


Franschhoek is a tourist destination. South Africa’s lockdown has closed businesses. People are going hungry.
Here is one of the many local efforts to help those in need. Chefs, now without a livelihood themselves, are cooking food for the thousands of people in our community in need.

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
I hope you have enjoyed this cyber-space solution to the social distancing measures the world is currently undergoing. Here in South Africa we are in Lockdown for quite a while yet! I wish you all the very best and hope you stay safe. Deborah x.

Programme Two (June).

St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand.

Our Lockdown is still in place and very strict. Therefore, arias must be self-accompanied. I am attempting to make the videos a little more interesting by filming each video on a different location on the Grande Provence Wine Estate in Franschhoek, South Africa. Self-accompanied arias for Programme Two include arias from Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Turandot, Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor as well as popular songs. Videos will be uploaded throughout June.

Habanera from Carmen, filmed during South African Covid-19 Lockdown on Grande Provence Wine Estate
Yes, this aria again! But this time in the Wine Cellar at Grande Provence Wine Estate
Karakia Whakamutunga – Words from 2 Corinthians 13:14Music by Deborah Wai Kapohe
Peace Song by Dorothy Buchanan
Cucurrucucu Paloma
I think this is about the best I can do for now self-accompanied. I may replace this video in time but for now, here is Addio del Passato. The aria, from La Traviata, is recorded in the Wine Tank Room. This is where the wine is processed.
How hard can it be to sing an E Major scale? Caro Nome, is basically that but, boy, is it hard! Overall, I am happy with the light coloratura quality. I wanted to sound like a young girl so I have lightened the sound as much as I could. Sometimes there is a glitch in the voice and the placement of the top D sharp is not right, those will iron themselves out once I am not self-accompanying. The posture when playing the guitar is not helpful for those top notes that require an extension at the base of the back of the neck. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this guitar and voice version.

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