Cafe Roux is a venue that is known not only for their scrumptious food, but also for ‘live’ entertainment. The last couple of years they have showcased some of the biggest names in the music industry. Saturday evening was no exception. Wendy Oldfield and Lionel Bastos were headed to our valley, specifically to Cafe Roux! To find out more about upcoming venues, check out their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/caferouxCapeTown
Last year I had the opportunity, purely by chance, to see Wendy and Lionel in action at the Kommetjie Festival. I was touched by their music as were the crowds gathered there. There isn’t anything quite like an intimate setting with the best acoustic sound.
Cafe Roux never fails to deliver on both accounts.
Lionel and Wendy have performed together countless times and the connection between the two was seen and felt by everyone present. Witnessing the culmination of their unique style and presentation is something truly beautiful to behold. Incredibly gifted artists, each unto his/her own and together they bring their creative ideas and they shine like the brightest sun. Wendy and Lionel played and performed many of their songs.
Watching Lionel hug his guitar close, all I could think was that here is a man that plays with feeling. Lionel’s guitar is what a paintbrush is to an artist – in his hands he works his art.
His guitar becomes an expression and outpouring of who he is. Upon doing some investigation, I found a whole bunch of Lionel’s songs that I have not yet listened to and reading through the lyrics I could see that Lionel doesn’t take his music lightly. Songs of love, loss and life are what they’re about. Lionel has just recently been asked to put together all the music for the movie ‘Konfetti’. No small wonder, as he is not just an accomplished artist, but a brilliant lyricist to boot. To find out how this came about, read the story here: http://artandphotgraphy.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/lionel-bastos-konfetti/
The rhythmic sound of the drum seemed to infiltrate my mind, body and soul and evoked a feeling of energy, but at the same time brought a soothing touch – a feeling of contentment.
Wendy has been in the music industry for many years and her accomplishments and awards to date are too long to list here. Soundtracks for some of Leon Schuster’s movies were written by Wendy.
Together Lionel and Wendy are like milk and honey to the soul. My heart felt like a sponge soaking up every last drop.
Near the end of the evening there was a moment – I’m sure, that brought a tear to every eye. invited her son up on stage to perform. The song “Let Her Go” by Passenger will never be quite the same again. A truly heartfelt and sincere performance! This boy has talent and you can see the apple has not fallen too far from the tree. A beautiful night out with friends was had. I walked away with a bounce in my step and my heart felt uplifted and inspired. I cannot wait for the next show!
A little about Lionel - “LIONEL BASTOS is a multiple award-nominated and award winning artist/singer/songwriter and producer who has written and/or produced songs or albums for artists, in both South Africa and abroad, such as VICKY SAMPSON, WENDY OLDFIELD, COLESKE, ED JORDAN, LITTLE SISTER, CAROL LEIGH, ANDRE SCHWARTZ, YVONNE CHAKA-CHAKA (The Princess of Africa), DAVID ABATTE (for the Miss World pageant), CLOUT, BERNIE WILLIAMS, JIMMY WAGNER (Luxemburg), LEIGH MATTY (UK), TRIO RIO. THE REESPECT (Germany), JAMES STEWART, KARIN NORTJE (POP IDOL) and JEREMY MANSFIELD to name a few. As a result of that song and production he was asked by IAN VON MEMERTY to produce the CD for the musical “FIELA SE KIND” (FIELA’S CHILD) for which IAN wrote all the music and which toured South Africa to massive critical acclaim.
He has released 3 CDs, all of which were nominated for SAMA’s (South African Music Awards)”.
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Listen to some songs here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lionelbastos
A snippet about Wendy:
“Oldfield first made a name for herself on radio performing the hit This Boy with rock outfit The Sweatband in the early eighties. After much success with songs like Tonight, Shape of Her Body, This Boy and years of touring and performing, she left the group to start her solo career.
Her first solo album Beautiful World set the wheels in motion for a succession of hits, including Real World, Acid Rain, Miracle and Don’t Stop Believing. Oldfield’s vocal performance on the album won her the Octave Award (1992) for Best Female Vocalist and a nomination for Song of the Year (Miracle).
Oldfield branched out into other areas of composition and arrangement, writing soundtracks for commercials, film and television, during which she was nominated for an M-Net film score award in 1995. Oldfield wrote soundtracks for Leon Schuster’s Sweet and Short and There’s a Zulu on my Stoep. Her song Acid Rain was chosen as the theme song for a 180 part series Nature on Track which has been played all over the world.
Oldfield moved into world music with her next album Ruby, produced by Thapelo Khomo and Lionel Bastos. Shortly after the release, Oldfield was asked to sing the South African theme for the 1996 Olympic album produced by Cedric Samson. She also performed as the support act for Wet Wet Wet that same year. Wendy has just completed her 5th solo album SUPERNOVA, independently financed by herself and produced by Robin Auld. She is back better than before performing her acoustic show around South Africa with musicians such as Lionel Bastos and Joe vander linden. Wendy is currently working on dance remixes with some of Sas talented and up and coming dj producers…things are looking very exiting as she moves into a whole new Era of WendyO”
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