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South African Film Crew Captures Blue Ridge Music

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Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and local musicians recently hosted a 12-member film crew and South African music star Juanita Du Plessis at the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, Virginia.

The team is in the country filming, “Country Hart Met Juanita,” a 13-part television documentary chronicling a road trip through Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and Louisiana in search of various identities and influences of country music. The series features Juanita Du Plessis, a famous South African artist who’s won CMA (Country Music Association in Namibia) awards as best singer and best songwriter and for outstanding achievement.

 “Coming from South Africa, at first I didn’t understand the difference between bluegrass and old-time music,” said Brandon Oelofse, the film’s director. “Now I understand since coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center and experiencing the music and its progression. This is important and more people should know about it.”

The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Southern Appalachian region. Established by Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center featuring a 2,300-square-foot permanent exhibit, “The Roots of American Music,” which traces the history of Blue Ridge musical traditions through local artists back to the creation of the music generations ago by persons from Europe and West Africa.

Cultural programming at the site is managed through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and hosts both local talent as well as internationally known artists, including an upcoming concert by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal.

To learn more about the Blue Ridge Music Center, visit To learn more about this television series, visit!/CountryHartMetJuanita/info.


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