K e y..Q u o t e s


191107 workshop attunement I so appreciate your enormous talent, spaciousness and exquisite attunement.
191011 HA!Man performance jubel-en-juig goed Ek daag enige een uit om, indien die geleentheid hom ooit voordoen, die Ha!Man se alles-of-niks show te beleef en onaangeraak daar uit te loop. Die man se lyf word instrument, asem, arms, vingers en voete voel-voel en vatvat orals tegelyk, so vinnig dat jy later glo daai tjello en klavier kry iewers bloed vandaan: hulle's almal deel van hierdie woelige stuk mens wat jou met geluide saamvat na plekke toe wat jy mis dat dit seermaak, en na plekke toe wat jy nie ken nie maar graag wil wees. A slice of larger-than-life! Hy gee en gee en gee homself. Dat hy gedaan sy buiging vat, is geen wonder nie, want jy's self leeggetap. Dis jubel-en-juig en rillings-teendie-ruggraat-af-goed hierdie. Verstommend. Letterlik: watter woorde doen gestand?
190813 HA!Man performance Astonished Today I am a different person. Your words and music have opened a door to a place of silence. A rich and expectant silence. What you show is that music is not a thing, a product, or goal. Music happens while you speak and listen and respond. Music is a process. An unfolding as you put it. Now I need to answer the silence you have made. Heidegger taught that one recognizes true learning by the sense of wonder one feels. He called it astonishment. I was and still am astonished.
190305 HA!Man performance elke spier en elk gewricht van zijn lichaam Ongelooflijk wat hij allemaal in één performance propt. Naast de muziekinstrumenten, gebruikt hij vooral zijn stem, mond, tong en lippen om zichzelf te begeleiden. Hij fluit, zingt, klakt, kreunt, smakt, zucht, praat en schreeuwt. Tijdens het dansen met sjaals zet hij elke spier en elk gewricht van zijn lichaam in.
190222 HA!Man performance thank you message after performance Thank you for your lovely and lively attendance in support of Francoi's music. Thank you Engela for your enthusiasm in getting friends together.

It was so nice to have my heart touched by your gentleness and opennness and be met by artistic presence which seeks to find and unlock both the frozen and the hidden, to open wider which is willing and to sink into feeling..this way connection is fostered, firstly with self and then in it's nakedness with community.

So refreshing and different from the mainstream popular individualism with it's grabby sort of repetitive greed sacrificing the whole for the sake of one, this night it was the one uplifting the whole...the Art of Communion through visible sound.

Much Love as we sow and grow
180208 school performance little HA! woman Dear Ha!Man, today my daughter had the privilege of participating in your show at Roseway Waldorf School. She has been looking forward to the show since last year when she heard that the older classes had seen you. She was so moved and inspired by the experience that this evening she re enacted the performance for her dad and brothers. She set up rows of chairs and created a stage space. She placed a guitar on stage and proceeded to entertain her audience with an improved set of percussion, song and strumming. In between musical moments she used gesture and short questions and anecdotes to draw the others in. I so wish I had filmed it so you could see for yourself how much you inspired her. The creativity, play filled learning and self expression she emulated is priceless. Thank you so much for the gift you gave her.
180130 HA!Man performance finest jewel Ha!Man Francois le Roux is truly one of the finest jewels of South African music. Classical music meets free improvisation meets storytelling meets INFINITY in his inspired performances. Rarely do we encounter such embodiment of spirit and skill, soul and technique, talent and humility in a single body-soul!
170506 workshop by anonymous, Netherlands Reactie voor HA!Man: Op 14 juni heb ik de workshop Van HA!Man beleefd. En inderdaad het was een belevenis. Ik ben geen muzikant of zanger ik hou van dansen ja ik dans. Maar in dit kader mocht ik alles wat mijn hart wou. gewoon doen. durven ..ervaren ..zoeken.. liefde geven en krijgen. Ik zei "zoeken" maar snel genoeg het zoeken transformeerde naar vinden , een ruimte vinden waarin ik me uit- waarin ik me heel voel en - een deel van een groot geheel word- zonder afspraken- woorden- hints of "moeten". Maar vanuit het Zijn. Deze workshop- deze gebeurtenis mag van me de wereld helen- in ieder geval ik voelde me helend- geheel- open. en dan wist ik dit is een unieke ervaring wat ik mezelf elk jaar wil gunnen. Bedankt!
160211 workshop Lisa Fruth, Washington DC My son took one of your workshops several years ago and it was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever witnessed. Don't ever give up on your music and expressing your creativity - it is a gift to the world...
151123 HA!Man and Joke Mara Sanchez, NYC These artist's music and poetry are working to change the world.
151011 HA!Man and Joke Ronda Miller, Kansas What a rare gift they hold individually. The combination of his voice/music and her spontaneous spoken word poetry made for a uniquely rare delight in performance last night.
150906 HA!Man and Joke Jan-Willem Wiener, Oudtshoorn, SA I wonder if the two of you, humble spirits, realize that you make a difference!? You travel the Globe, perform and move on, leaving us behind, touched by your alchemy of sounds & words, changing us, charging us.
140702 HA!Man performance Biren Shah, India Your work, I feel, is much more than the making of music. It is muse-ic. You are using music as a tool, and it is clearing and creating the old and new, respectively.
130214 HA!Man and Joke from review by Rob Knowles (Talk of The Town, Port Alfred) 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.
110921 HA!Man performance Hanli Steenkamp, after a Stellenbosch HA!event ek KAN NIE in woorde vir jou die belewenis daarvan beskryf nie! HEMELSąlewens-veranderend..HEERLIK! Dit is inderdaad 'n onbeskryflike ervaringą want Francois is seker een van die mees talentvolle musikante wat ek in 'n baie lang tyd gehoor het (en BELEEF het!)ą verder is Francois se groot gedeelte van sy vertoning "Spontaan"ą. Dit beteken eenvoudig dat hy die musiek "skep" soos dit komą. WOWą dit is soos om op 'n MAAND se vakansie te gaan ą mens kom wraggies 'n NUWE mens uit sy vertoning uit!
110916 HA!Man performance guitarist Derek Gripper, Cape Town 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.
110902 workshop Caroline Denis, Pietermaritzburg Workshop I found myself because of you. I could never thank you enough.
110801 workshop Penny Bridget, Port Elizabeth Workshop can't explain how much i learnt and experienced. everything you said made so much sense. absolutely love feeling so free. Thank you!
110720 HA!Man performance from a recommendation by the late Peter Krummeck (playwright) 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.
110530 workshop Kristien Verheggen, teacher, Belgium ik weet het niet,, maar francois kan iets dieps in je wakker maken, iets waarvan je wel altijd weet dat het er is, maar toch ..
110226 HA!News Biren Shah, India as always you have left me speechless... and glowing.
your art... nah!... your connection to art... is turning you into one of the new-world social scientists... the harbingers and bringers of the next wave of consciousness...
100328 workshop Charlize Morgan, President's Award Youth Empowerment Participant Thank you, thank you! Awesome to have people like you to act as a medium to help ętransportĘ us elsewhere ą to a place where we exist completely independently. Treasure the experience, because itĘs captured in this moment and nowhere else to be found. Crave experiences like these where people cast their veils off and show what/who we are.
090825 HA!Man performance from the late Norman Morrisey (poet), Hogsback, SA You are a live force in the vibes of our global creative moment.

Your role in this world - trying to show people how to be more than what uncreated life simply serves them - is an act you perform with a dreamy sort of authority that touches me deeply. Seeing you on your feet or with your cello is always a reminder to me that life can be graceful if only we have it in us to respond with the right emotional tact.

Your approach in examining the emotional potentials of whatever instrument you are at that moment entranced by is fresh, competent and exciting.
080820 HA!Man performance Dominic Kessel, Cape Town You definitely have an impact on people. You change people. You give people the sense of belonging. You break away barriers through your music and everyone who I've spoken to had nothing but good to say about the Ha!man
080215 HA!Man performance David Perry-Davies, Cape Town You are truly inspirational. Thank you! I also believe that the only way to get us out of the environmental mess that we are in - is to activate people through their hearts - which again is why I think your work is so important and valuable
071001 HA!Man performance (wyle) Mixael de Kock, impressario, Johannesburg Francois le Roux is 'n uitvoerproduk wat wereldklas is.. sonder twyfel een van Suid-Afrika se grootstes..
051011 HA!Man performance Nancy Nicolay, Kansas City HA!event let me say you are the most remarkable and electrifying musician I have ever seen and I've loved music all of my life. I've seen Jimmie Hendrix, the Beatles and others going back that far. There really aren't enough adjectives to describe your performances.
050807 HA!Man performance from performance review by Colin Lang, Knysna (1) 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)
050807 HA!Man performance from performance review by Colin Lang, Knysna (2) Rare indeed is the sight and sound these days of a 'macho'/sensitive instrumentalist, in this instance, primarily on the 'Cello, which he handles with both freedom and intensity.
050219 HA!Man performance Gerg Pastoll, Cape Town This is pure genius in play. Genius rolls off every note. This man is as original as Adam. To listen to him is an experience that swings us in and out of history, and stretches the imagination into worlds besides ours.
050219 HA!Man performance Nancy Nicolay, Kansas City I personally rate this as one of my "mountain top" musical experiences, which I bracket with meeting and hearing Dizzy Gillespie and subsequently receiving a book from him for my 50th birthday; and witnessing Count Basie and Oscar Peterson on the stage together at the Royal Festival Hall.
050219 HA!Man performance Greg Pastoll, Cape Town This is talent of the highest order.. Francois stretches my imagination f or 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.
030410 workshop Clarendon Teachers (East London, SA) A wonderful illustration of facilitation as apposed to instruction! If we could be free enough to "connect" with our learners in this fashion, they would be fighting to get into our classes!
020914 HA!Man performance from review by Die Burger, South African daily (The HA!Man is) one of South Africa's most talented performers.. His performance on piano, keyboard and cello is truly a fresh experience and one can only observe in amazement his countless improvisations and finely attuned interpretations - as with his rendition of Brahms' Lullaby, where he used flute, cello and piano to captivate his audience into a near trance.
020814 school performance Boitumelo Diale, Kimberley Workshop participant Ha!man keep it up 'cause you rock the world. Your music is hot, I mean hot.
020502 HA!Man performance Sjoerd & Jonneke Oskam, Renswoude, Netherlands diepste harteroerseten.. ik vroeg me af hoe muziek in de hemel zal zijn!