I had the absolute privilege and delight to attend the final Showcase Session of Marshall Music last Wednesday evening.

Marshall Music ran a competition for several weeks, namely ‘Marshall Music Showcase Sessions’ – all the bands and artists that took to the stage were phenomenal. Fifteen emerging artists were chosen to perform at Cafe Roux during the months of August and September, all competing for R10 000 worth of sponsored prizes as well for their own featured night at one of South Africa’s hottest acoustic venues. The two finalists that were chosen were none other than

edit16Jono GraysonJono Grayson & Grace de la Hunt!

I was excited to see what lay in store this evening as they each took to the stage to do a set.

Grace was first up and as always just brought such a beautiful stage presence. Grace is vocally trained and plays guitar and piano. Her voice has a rich husky quality to it. Her genre is pop/rock and she is a singer/songwriter. I have watched Grace a couple of times and get lost in her beautiful sound. Her songs are funky and fun and I wouldn’t expect anything less, as Grace is just that. Her voice and beauty have a hypnotic ability – all eyes were riveted on her and her alone. Here is a link to some of her music. Take a listen -you will be surprised at the maturity of her voice for someone so young.

http://www.reverbnation.com/gracedelahunt

Follow Grace on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-de-la-Hunt/199365384551

Next up was Jono Grayson – it was the first time I was watching Jono perform. Jono has a certain smile and charm that lights up a room and when he sang it was like watching a younger version of Michael Buble. He has a jazzy touch to his sound and it is light hearted and definitely appealing to the younger generation. Jono had a huge fan base present and lots of cheering took place as he sang to his heart’s content.

Some of his You Tube videos which you can watch on this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/jonograyson

Follow Jono on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jono-Grayson/118766164844840?sk=timeline

Just a couple of his accomplishments to date –

March 2013: Performed at SA Music Exchange Conference 

February 2013: Single “Gotta Love Me” playlisted on leading Radio Stations (94.7 Highveld; 94.5KFM; Heart FM). Interviews on 94.5KFM, Zone Radio, 92.6MFM, UCT Radio.

February 2013: Single “You are Mine” playlisted on Redcap Radio, UCT Radio, 92.6MFM

January 2013: Interview on East Coast Radio

 

Marshall Music 's representatives with the two winnersBoth Grace and Jono were winners and each received prizes.

I admire Marshall Music for their involvement in projects like this. They can truly be admired for their commitment to the music industry. On Saturday evening, I attended the School of Rock and was delighted to hear that Marshall Music had stepped in and provided the sound for the evening. The sound was superb as the young people blew us away with their talent. To find out more about Marshall Music, check them out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marshallcape/timeline

Keep your eyes peeled on these two as their careers are just starting off. They are sure to be making waves all over the country.

 

Marshall Music Showcase Sessions – FINAL


edit3I will never forget the first day I heard ‘Love Can’ by Shaun Jacobs. It was playing on 5fm and I turned to my daughter and said ‘who is that?’ To which I received the reply ‘I don’t know mom’. Well I raced to my computer and googled the song and voila I found Shaun Jacobs. I then tweeted Shaun telling him how much I loved the song, to which he tweeted back ‘go tell your friends’.

The last time Shaun visited, I missed his tour, but this time round I was not going to miss out on the opportunity of seeing him and his band. So Friday night, I headed off to our local music hotspot, namely Café Roux. Shaun had 4 totally booked out shows at Café Roux. I was not surprised to find parking was limited and ended up parking outside the farm village. Upon entering Café Roux, I could see the place was packed to capacity. Happy chatter and laughter filled my ears and in that moment I thought – life is good.

Café Roux never ceases to surprise me – the venue has a certain charm that entices you with its beautiful surroundings. The food is delicious and you have to close your eyes upon entering, because their desserts are displayed in a beautiful glass cabinet and the temptation to order is overpowering. The staff at Café Roux are exceptional and treat you like royalty, catering to your every need.

After enjoying a lovely glass of house wine and having a good chat it was time for the band to do their thing. I was fortunate enough to get a table right next to the stage and it was a thrilling experience from beginning to end.

 

Shaun Jacobs BandCraig Sparks Andrew SowterThe band consists of Shaun Jacobs, Andrew Sowter on drums and Craig Sparks on bass. I did a little research on Shaun and discovered that he comes from a strong musical background.

Shaun took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with his voice and songs. His voice reaches such high notes it astounds the mind. Melody and harmony flow like a beautiful rainbow of many colours. This is what Shaun’s music sounds like.

Folk/Rock is what it’s about for Shaun and his band. – Café Roux came alive as the band rocked our world. When he performed ‘Love Can’ I felt shivers all over, as the words are deep and beautiful. Shaun has released two albums. I opted to buy his original album ‘Paper Wings’, which is available from the band. His brand new album ‘Love Can’ is available at all major stores around the country.

edit16Paper Wings’ is a beautiful piece of work. Shaun wrote all the songs and all the instruments are played by Shaun himself. Additional backing vocals by Charnell Jacobs on “Will you remember’. Upon reading his dedication to his wife, family and friends on the back cover, it moved me to tears. Shaun is a family man and has a beautiful wife and child, who were both at his show. Shaun is a humble and  deeply spiritual man which is evident when listening to the album.

My current favourite on the album is ‘Love You So’ – moving, touching and endearing. All the words are inside the cover.

Another beautiful evening was experienced at at Café Roux.

 

 

 

 

Shaun Jacobs at Cafe Roux


edit102A couple of days ago I entered a competition and won two tickets to an event at Camphill Village. I had never heard about Camphill and the work that they do. When I entered the competition, I entered it purely for the poster which showed a line-up of artists.

Upon doing a little research, I discovered that Camphill Village is an organization that was established fifty years ago, by Julian and Renate Sleigh. They started off with one modest house set upon open sandy farmland about 55km outside of Cape Town on the West Coast near Malmesbury. Over 50 years they have grown it into a very successful community with a working farm of some 220 hectares, with various sub enterprises, and fifteen homes that can house ninety-eight adult residents in total.

In honour of Julian and Renate’s vision and lifelong commitment, the 50 year celebration was planned and thought out with great determination and strength of all the workers. The aim is to raise funds to set up a trust fund named after this amazing couple that will enable Camphill Village to support more people with intellectual disabilities, those who desperately need a place in a safe and caring community.

To quote: “In a developing country such as South Africa, with its vast disparity between the rich and the poor, there are so many competing needs that must be addressed and redressed, and there just isn’t enough State funding to provide adequate care for those with intellectual and cognitive disabilities from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. All funds raised during our 50 years celebration will be invested in this trust creating a capital base to allow Camphill to provide more places for those most at risk and give them a secure future.

I sat taking it all in – from the tables beautifully set up with fresh produce- lovely food and fresh juices to works of art and jewellery – old and young, joining hands to come together and proudly share what they do with us;  a beautiful and touching experience to feel and see. My heart was stirred by the visible connection between the workers and the people that live there. A tight knit community and a feeling of family are evident. This isn’t just a job to the staff, but a work of love in progress. I had the opportunity of engaging some of the staff. Janine, who does the fundraising, told me that they decided to obtain a quote for a stage, but upon hearing how exorbitant the cost would be, they got stuck in and built one themselves. No project is too big or too difficult for them. The beauty of life at Camphill Village is the various projects they have undertaken, which include a Bakery, Dairy, Herbal Workshop, just to mention a few. Some of their products are sold in health shops in Cape Town! If I can encourage anyone that feels moved to give towards this worthy project, or even become a worker, please do so. Find out everything on their website: http://www.camphill.org.za/

Alvon CollisonThe time had come for the music. The MC for the day, was none other than funnyman, Alvon Collison. Alvon took to the stage and from that moment the audience was in fits of laughter. Born to entertain, Alvon certainly did a fine job. Alvon is a Cape Town born Entertainer and has been called “Mr Showbiz” in South Africa for more than 35 years. Apparently, after his performance as Pharoah’ in Joseph (3000 performances), he won the Gallo award and Three Leaf award. Tim Rice the author, said he was the best ‘Pharoah in the world. No small wonder he is so good at what he does. To find out more, go check out his website: http://www.alvoncollison.co.za/

I felt excited about the lineup. Freshly Ground was the main act that offered to get involved. I admire them for their willingness to invest their time and energy into the local community. The same can be said for Valiant Swart and his involvement in this worthy cause. These two acts are perfect for an event of this nature. Their heart for people is astounding.

Some fresh and young artists that showcased their talent are part of an empowerment programme facilitated by Vision Records in Atlantis, namely SillyBoi, Tasha, Che-V and CeeJ.

Laurenzo Davids is the CEO for Vision Records and has a heart for young people and empowering them to use their gifts. Not only does he promote and support young people in the community, but he is an artist himself. Laurenzo Davids is 27 years old and comes from Atlantis – he is a qualified math and science teacher and a full time music producer, singer and actor (Huis van Davids – Kyknet). Laurenzo traveled to the USA where he worked with All 4 One, Wayne Brady and wait for it…………….Stevie Wonder in 2010/2011! Since then Laurenzo has traveled the world, namely the UK, Belgium, and Namibia to mention just a few. Here is a video of him singing on You Tube………..amazing talent!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quyzFw3VgGI

Laurenzo started Vision Music Records in 2011 and it was officially registered in September 2012. The company’s core business is Artist recruitment, Events, recording, music production, song writing and music lessons. The music lessons will now move over to an NPO in order to obtain funding from entities such as the government etc. Daily life for Laurenzo consists of Music production, motivational speaking, events organizing, with the help of his staff, Chris Samuels and Ralph Johannes (co-producer).

Here is a little information on each of the young people:

SillyBoi with Che-V

SillyBoi with Che-V

SillyBoi is 21 years old and lives in Atlantis. He was first signed to VMR about 2 years ago as a male rapper, writer and composer. SillyBoi is also a South African volleyball player. He has 3 singles and is currently working on a 4th song. His single “Love meets war” plays on GHFm.

Che-V

Che-V

 

 

 

Che-V is 23 years of age and also hails from Atlantis. Che-V is a female rapper, signed to VMR in August 2013. She is a writer and composer and has released 3 singles and is currently in the process of working on a 4th. Her singles “Love meets war ft SillyBoi” is currently playing on GHFm. She also features with Sundae, a rapper from Cape Town on his single “Partly cloudly” which plays on HeartFm – also featuring on the single is Laurenzo Davids himself.  For me Che-V is a young lady with oodles of talent and a strong message.  Listen to her songs here:
http://www.reverbnation.com/chev_vmr/song/20679731-che-v_i-am-woman?1336410755

Tashna B

Tashna B

Ceejay

Ceejay

Tashna is 22 years old and the very first female vocalist signed to VMR in August 2013. She is also a writer and composer and resides in Pella. Her genre is Pop, R&B and dance. Her 1st single is out and she is currently working on her 2nd single.

CeeJay is the youngist one -20 years of age and also lives in Atlantis – he is the first male vocalist signed to VMR in March 2014. He is a writer as well as a composer. He is currently working on his debut single. His genre is Pop, R&B.

Other bands featured were Bootleggers Blues Band, No Pressure, Ras Kerry’s Cheety and Greg Kentgens.

Ras KerryFrom the moment Ras Kerry and his band stepped onto that stage I immediately thought Bob Marley had just come back to earth to entertain us. Ras Kerry has a certain aura of someone with a message. Follow him on Facebook to find out more and keep up to date with events: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheety/175023436032426

Watch him here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Wr9XpRew0

Copy of edit49 Copy of edit60 Copy of edit70 Copy of edit80cBootleggers Blues Band entertained us from beginning to end. Advanced in years, but certainly not in heart and spirit – the blues came alive in every sense of the word – rhythm and groove are two words that I can use to describe the Bootleggers. People were standing in front of the stage dancing and laughing. Pure joy on faces all round. Follow them on facebook to keep up to date with their current events: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bootleggers/118488291532043

Copy of edit5Greg Kentgens has a unique voice which grabbed me from the word go. A huskiness is present in his voice and I found it unique and engaging. Greg is in the process of releasing a brand new song which will be featured on the radio. Watch this space. To find out more about Greg add him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greg.kentgens?fref=ts

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A smile that tells a story

A smile that tells a story

Warm hugs

Warm hugs

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What really encapsulated the day for me, personally, was the spirit of oneness among the people. Music truly brings a bond that unites hearts. It breaks down all barriers, be it cultural or racial, because music frees your mind.  The message of music, speaks to the soul and brings change.

I left there richer for the experience. Please reach out and support communities like Camphill and our local music industry.

Thank you for reading my blog!

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Camphill’s 50th Anniversary Concert


slowlife4A frieslowlife3nd invited me to join her for one of Laurie Levine’s shows at Slow Life – it was to be a first for me visiting Slow Life Café. I drove through to Muizenberg on Sunday evening and felt excited to not only experience Laurie Levine’s magical charm, but also the venue I had heard so much about. Upon arrival, I spotted Lionel Bastos, whom Laurie had invited along as a guest artist. Lionel was to accompany Laurie on vocals. Lionel is one of the most talented singer/songwriters in SA and to say I was excited would be an understatement.

Slow Life Café is situated opposite the Muizenberg Train Station and there is ample parking on the next corner. The restaurant is based on the concept of combining creativity with conscientious living. Upon entering the venue, I felt like I had stepped into a time machine spanning many years of music history.

The walls are filled with memorabilia ranging from Jazz, Funk, Folk, Electronica, Art, Photography to Film Nouveau, 70s, 80s, 90s classic cult.

slowlifeedit1slowlife7The café’s Philosophy is – Create, Be Happy, Love.

Despite Slow Life Café being small in size, the venue can comfortably fit 30 odd people at a sitting. The restaurant serves vegetarian, vegan, pescaterian, organic coffee, vegan cakes, gluten and sugar free products.

saladI ordered the quinoa salad which was tasty and beautifully presented. My friend had the line fish of the day, which was served with wedges. Slow Life Café features ‘live music’ on a regular basis. I could see that the people were not just there for the entertainment, but for the choice of something different.

To find out more follow, them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slowlifesouthafrica/timeline

laurieedit10After our tasty dinner, a hush fell over the place as Laurie took to the stage. Laurie has the ability to woo her audience so to speak, with her warm gentle way. Her voice soothes the soul and calms the spirit. Laurie has a natural gift when it comes to singing. Her personality and her beauty shine forth and listening to her, you realize that she is so comfortable in her own space. Nothing seems to faze Laurie.

Just like a beautiful river that gently ripples downstream and touches the earth in its wake, so her words ripple through your being finding their path into your soul.

Laurie has toured the UK and regularly tours around the country at various venues, to which her fans flock in their numbers. I have yet to see a venue not packed to capacity when Laurie visits Cape Town. Laurie has recorded 4 albums as well as the lovely compilation ‘Side By Side’ with Josie Field. Her work is exceptional and she is a highly gifted lyricist. ‘Six Winters’ is a work of pure brilliance and received rave reviews.

Laurie’s sound is varied -country, soul and blues. When I listen to her voice I find a distinctive blue’s sound – ‘emotional expression’ is tangible and her voice creates a nostalgic feeling of yesteryear – of grace, beauty and elegance. It reminds me of a time in history, when music was played and appreciated with feeling.

laurieedit9To find out about current events and news, follow Laurie on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/laurielevinemusic

Or visit her website: http://www.laurielevine.co.za/

One of her videos on You Tube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MdqkRotB2xA

lioneledit2A lovely touch to the evening was having Lionel Bastos accompany Laurie on a couple of her songs. Lionel has such a soulful approach to music – his face tells the story – he is very expressive and his face is like a storybook that unfolds before your very eyes. Lionel’s lyrics are some of the best I have ever heard or read– songs that have the ability, to not only soften the heart, but they have the ability to evoke deep emotions within.

laurieandlionel3Together the two of them captivated and wowed the audience, harmonizing and culminating their unique creative skills to perfection.

A little about Lionel: He is one of the most recorded (pop, rock, folk rock, world, jazz, blues, R&B, kwaito, country rock ) songwriters in South Africa. Many of his songs have been radio singles. In Luxemburg he had 3 successive number 1’s with songs he wrote and produced for Jimmy Wagner, 1 of which was later on a BMG worldwide released compilation ” We Two Are One” on which he worked with ALAIN NAU,(who used to drum for CHAKA KAHN) KAI HORSTHEMKE (www.bassplayers.co.za/kaihorsthemkebio.html) and SIPHO MABOYA (ex-JOHNNY CLEGG and REBECCA MOLOPE). (www.jimmy-wagner.com)

Upon doing more research, I discovered that Lionel has released 5 albums, 3 of which were nominated for South African Music Awards (“SAMAs”). His second album, Simple, won Best Adult Contemporary Album in 1999. Lionel was also nominated for albums which he produced for other artists as well as a song on the new PJ Powers CD and 2 on the last Auriol Hays album.

The Producer of the movie ‘Konfetti’ approached Lionel to be involved with the music. In Lionel’s own words: ‘To cut a long story short, the director had known my music as I’d played for his wife’s 40th and he had my album.  When he had finished filming, I played at his 40th. He said he wanted some songs for the film and felt that my song “All this cash” was the kind of song he wanted on the titles at the end, but in Afrikaans. So I went to see the rough edit and I laughed and cried and he asked me to write the whole score and that was it really! Best experience of my life’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v026LxxDR1s

lioneledit1Lionel is a man with a humble heart and he is highly respected in the music industry and it’s no small wonder that his talent and skill are highly sought after.

Here is Lionel’s web page: http://www.lionelbastos.co.za/Content/Main.aspx

I sat there like a sponge soaking it all in – it truly was an evening where souls had been touched in the warmest way.

Laurie Levine and Lionel Bastos at Slow Life

David van Vuuren at Cafe Roux


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The Stage at Cafe Roux

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David van Vuuren – photo by Rene Maritz

Friday night was a night that David van Vuuren would take to the stage at Cafe Roux for the very first time. Being eager David fans, some friends and I were not going to miss this one. I have followed David’s music journey for a couple of years now.

Cafe Roux is most certainly a venue that delivers every time -a cozy and intimate setting greets one every time you enter. In winter there is a beautifully lit fire, adding to the ambience that is already present. The staff are tops and always welcome you in with a warm smile. As for service, it is their number one priority to see that the people’s needs are met. Café Roux’s burgers are renowned, as are their desserts, which are beautifully displayed. South African’s finest musicians are featured here sometimes 3 to 4 times a week! I can honestly confess that the acoustic set up is one of the best.

While the audience sat savouring their dinner, David took to the stage. I could feel my heart skip a beat, as I have experienced nights like these before – folk evenings that evoked feelings and stirred the soul. David played some of his original songs from his first album and what we were all excited to hear, was his brand new songs off his EP which has just been released. It is available on iTunes– here is the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-raging-sea-ep/id902012457

The EP is a collection of his finest work. If there was a window to his soul then this would be it. Listening to the songs, you catch a glimpse into David’s soul – a part of his soul laid bare for the entire world to see. A couple of words to describe the songs would be – romantic, real, touching, truthful, deep and soulful. In his song (that he wrote for his wife-Jessie) ‘Luna Girl’, his love is heartfelt. Click on the link to view it -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvoeljTiiOc

 

david's setlistThe setlist for the evening (image via David’s Facebook page)

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Eyes To My Soul – DAVID VAN VUUREN photo by Rene Maritz

When David sings, it is like a soft, soaking mist, falling gently upon you and then it builds stronger and stronger – like a mighty thunder that echoes in your soul and echoes longer after. David has complete control over his voice; reaching incredible highs and lows,  rising to an intense crescendo and then falling to a gentle whisper.

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Deep David – photo by Rene Maritz

We sat spellbound, every eye was focused on that stage, as David gripped us with his openness and conviction of what his music is about.

David has just recently relocated to Cape Town. A shaking and awakening is about to happen in our beautiful city.  Big news and big happenings….watch this space.

To keep up to date with all his latest news, events and information, best to follow him on Facebook: -https://www.facebook.com/davidvanvuurenfanpage and Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveFromFire


On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Marshall Music Showcase Session at Cafe Roux, featuring Kat Alice, Kathryn Swain and Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions. Marshall Music is showcasing some of Cape Town’s youngest musicians in weekly slots and it is part of a competition that they are running.

Marshall Music’s expertise and involvement with the local music industry has spanned more than two decades and they endorse many top musicians. They offer guitar repairs, re-strings and set ups, ranging from a simple polish to a fret dress and more. To find out more, check out their website: http://www.marshallmusic.co.za/home

cafe rouxCafe Roux is a venue that is well known for hosting some of the finest musicians in our country and it was wonderful to hear that they had joined forces with Marshall Music to present these sessions. The venue offers a scrumptious menu full of delightful treats, ranging from burgers to delicious desserts. Their latest addition to the menu is a ‘carb free meal ‘- delicious Lamb Knuckle Curry served with cauliflower mash! The staff are the friendliest and most welcoming I have yet to meet. To find out all the latest news and events, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caferouxCapeTown/timeline

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Kat Alice

First up was a young lady by the name of Kat Alice. It was the first time I was watching her play and sing. I decided to do a little research upon returning home. Kat is a Singer / Songwriter and grew up in Hong Kong where she learned to play Piano, Guitar and Bass. She has graced the stage from the tender age of six and has performed in many musicals and shows. What a lovely kick start to a beautiful evening. I look forward to seeing where this young lady is heading, as her heart is firmly planted in what she does and her opportunities are limitless.

kat2Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Alice/201994249951693?sk=timeline

Take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/katherine-coetzee

Kathryn Swain

Kathryn Swain

Next up was Kathryn Swain. I first met Kathryn, when she agreed to do a couch jam for the Mamma Gogo initiative which took place at Longbeach Mall in Noordhoek. I admire her greatly for her willingness to invest her time to such a worthy initiative. Kathryn is a person that loves the community and it showed in her nature throughout the session. Kathryn has an easy way about her and you feel comfortable in her presence, no small wonder that she has the audience eating out of her hand. Kathryn shares that her main instrument is her voice and she was  classically trained from the age of seven.  I see a deep passion within her, which burns brightly.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Kathryn. News hot off the press – Kathryn’s EP has just been released! Excitement fills the air! The EP is called “Little Box of Memories”.

kathryn2Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathswainmusic or check out her website for all the latest news : http://www.kathrynswain.com/

Listen to her lovely sound: https://soundcloud.com/kathrynswain

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Last, but certainly not least was Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions.  The band took to the stage as if they were born for it.  Last week I  heard about the band, which came together literally one month ago. Benjamin Dey Tainton entered SA Idols last year and came in the top 10. Ben has taken the opportunity afforded him and grabbed it with both hands. This was evident on the evening, as I sat mesmerized by this new band. What I loved most, was the electrifying presence that they brought to the stage. Every person present, jumped to their feet and moved in rhythm to the funky sound that is Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions – not one person could hold themselves back, as a feeling of brotherhood was felt by all. Their music is a blend of Indie, Folk and a strong African fusion that is woven together to bring a new and different sound. At this point in the evening, I looked around and saw smiling faces all round. Their music is manifold and reflects a feeling of our African culture. Benjamin Dey Tainton and his band are tight and you can see the unity of the guys – they are on a roll and nothing is going to stop them. Take a listen to them on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/concrete-lions-sound Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconcretelions

 

MARSHALL MUSIC’S ‘THE SHOWCASE SESSIONS’ HOSTED BY CAFE ROUX


It was that time of the year when the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival was to take place at the Baxter Theatre. I could hardly contain my excitement as yet another show lay ahead. On Saturday 31 August 2014 as we entered the theatre, we noticed that the place was filled to capacity with people. I was thrilled to bits to find out a week before, that the show had been a sold out event. People stood around enjoying a drink and eagerly awaiting what was about to happen.

The Baxter Theatre was transformed into a beautiful setting with a huge backdrop with sunflowers and a windmill stood on the stage – a true country feeling was felt and this added to the magical atmosphere that is the Baxter Theatre.

When the intercom came on to announce that the show was about to begin, people began filing into the auditorium. Gavin Minter – the organizer of the event, was called out onto the stage. I have to mention, that Gavin Minter has done a superb job of bringing the finest musicians together at these events and to pull off an event of this nature takes hard work, guts, determination and of course love and passion for the industry.

Every year, two artists are teamed up to share the stage. This year they had a competition where two acts were selected to be the opening acts for the event. Jennifer Eaves was first to take to the stage and her voice was light and sweet. It washes over you with a silky softness and you feel as if your heart will melt. Jennifer’s voice never faltered from beginning to end and the crowd loved her. To listen to some of her music, click on this link: https://www.reverbnation.com/jennifereaves?utm_campaign=FacebookSharing_v3&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=thumbnail&utm_content=artist_1646389

edit1Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifereavesmusic

To quote Jennifer: ‘Song writing for me is an out pouring of my experiences and observations intertwined with Faith and God, justice and injustice, reality and dream. Music is the language that brings these things together and continues to hold deep mysteries worth exploring’.

edit3Hatchetman is a a relatively new band, but phenomenal is a word to describe them! Jonathan Tait writes the lyrics and together they form a folk band with an emphasis on three piece harmonies. When I listen to them I’m reminded of some of the late great bands. To get a feel for what they’re about watch them on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUD-ovngMxM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-oqbXEAoeU

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hatchetmanband

edit6Carla Conradie and Evelyn Hart came together for the evening and captivated the audience with their performance. Carla Conradie is not only a beautiful young woman, but a talented artist that is fast becoming well known around Cape Town. Her voice is melodic and flows easily soothing your soul. Her lyrics are heartfelt and sincere. Take a listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/carlaconradie and follow her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carla.conradie.band

edit10Evelyn Hart is a fresh and dynamic musician who I had the privilege to watch at a Fundraiser Event. Evelyn drew people in with her presence and her name is mentioned around every corner. Listen to her here: https://soundcloud.com/evelynhartmusic

Quote: From the intimate space of a writer, the alcove of an artist and the well lived-in hollows of a craftswoman, Evelyn Hart comes with music and a voice that need the full attention of the heart to describe. In her music is a taste of the seasons and the landscapes of the heavens and the earth; of rich storytelling; of love and the darkest wonder.

Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evelynhartmusic/timeline

Error Dyers accompanied David Ledbetter and he is a Jazz guitarist.  I had to dig a bit to find some information on this man with a beautiful gift.

Quote: ‘More than anything, it is Cape Town that has influenced my sound”. Unlike many of his contemporaries Errol has not had the good fortune of studying music, but instead learnt his music on the street drawing inspiration from the natural rhythms of both Cape Town and the people of the mother city, allowing people to interpret themselves through the music.
His style can be described as Cape Jazz, and some of the songs on his debut album, ‘Sonesta’, incorporated songs that are almost a hundred years old and stem from the earliest strummings of the Cape people that have been passed down through the generations.
Since his childhood days Errol has looked up to the local Cape Town musicians like The Kwella Kids and of course Abdullah Ibrahim – with whom Errol had the privilege of playing in 1990 when he toured the UK along with Robbie Jansen and the late Basil Coetzee. The highlight of the tour being a live broadcast on BBC. This is just a little tidbit on Errol.  To find out more read the full article here: http://www.music.org.za/artist.asp?id=169

edit12David Ledbetter is part of a band called Deep South- Dave Ledbetter and Ronan Skillen - their music is inspired by the natural environment in Cape Town’s southern peninsula, and fuses styles ranging from world and jazz to blues and acoustic groove. It was such a treat watch Errol and David play together.  Check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DeepSouthDaveLedbetterAndRonanSkillen/timeline

wayne1Another duo that bears mentioning was Nadia Kruger and Wayne Pauli – from the moment Wayne Pauli started singing , my spirit felt awakened – not only does he have an exceptional voice, but a quirky personality that grabs you from beginning to end. Find some of Wayne Pauli’s music on this link as part of the band The Stremes:

http://www.deezer.com/artist/1281455

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestremes

This was the first time I was watching Nadia Kruger and I had been looking forward to this day for two years. I had been listening to her music online and telling myself I need to get to one of her shows. Everything that I envisioned and more, I experienced on this night! Nadia has such power in her voice.

After listening to her, I realized that Nadia grew up with a deep love for music, because it emanates from her like the air that she breathes. Dynamite certainly comes in small packages. nadia1Nadia is part of a band called Nuka – give her music a listen, you won’t be disappointed, here is the link: http://soundcloud.com/nukaandthefire

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Nukaandthefire

Looking around me, I could see that the people gathered here were experiencing something special and it showed in their smiles and excited faces.

jack1The next moment, a man walked onto the stage wearing a ‘techi-colour dream coat’ of sorts and I thought Joseph had just entered the building. The first impression created, was that here is a man with stage presence and personality to boot – a face, that couldn’t withhold a smile and certain facial expressions that added to his whole persona. Listening to him sing, I realized that he sang with every ounce of his soul and it was displayed on his face for all to see. I then found out that this man goes by the name Jack Mantis – a man of mystery and intrique. To find out more about Jack, find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/15337700421/

edit26Jack was joined by the band Touchwood – a band that has certainly made a name for itself in SA. The band is known for their vocal harmonies, guitar, ukulele, violin, cello, African marimba and drums. Touchwood definitely has something very different – I had visions of sitting around a camp fire with nothing around me, except the bush and the stars shining brightly up high and listening to their beautiful sounds – their music embraces you with warmth and makes you feel like you’re living in some fantasy world. Here is the link to their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/touchwoodtheband/timeline and listen to their sound here: https://soundcloud.com/touchwoodtheband

derek1Derek Gripper is a classically trained guitar player and has gained great renown throughout SA. Derek has also travelled internationally sharing his gift with the world. Derek’s years of experience are evident. His accomplishments are as long as my arm and I can honestly say I was stunned at his ability. I sat mesmerized by his brilliance and you could hear a pin drop.

To quote: “Five stars…Gripper has brilliantly transferred [the kora] repertoire onto a regular six string guitar. He sees [Toumani] Diabaté as the Segovia, or indeed John Williams, of the kora, championing it as a solo instrument. And Gripper brilliantly takes it back to the guitar. He’s opening a whole new repertoire of classical guitar music…bringing African guitar into the classical mainstream.” [Simon Broughton]. A description: His music draws on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, Cape Town’s folk styles such as ghoema/goema and vastrap, and even Indian classical music, all the while synthesising them into a style uniquely his own. Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Derek-Gripper/96324419029

edit28Derek was accompanied by Rheza Kota – no words can describe this man’s brilliance.  Please go check out his website: http://rezakhota.com/biog/

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Chris Tokalon

Another man that made an appearance was none other than Chris Tokalon – well respected and looked up to in the music industry. To quote – Playing sax and flute since 1979 in a wide variety of jazz ensembles, musicals and cabarets, he has also blazed an adventurous trail of originality in the South African music scene with bands and artists such as Peto, the Jazz Hounds, Steve Newman, Tony Cox, Heather Mac , Hilton Schilder, Jennifer Ferguson, Drum Cafe and his own jazz/ world music project, Soulbird. It is no small wonder that Chris is so talented! Find out more about him on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chris.tokalon?ref=br_tf

james1Saudiq Kahn and James Grace were in a league of their own!

Their accomplishments are too many to mention and their skill and techniques are exceptional.

Music truly takes one on a journey and this journey was one filled with many colours.

Find James Grace on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesGraceGuitar/timeline

farryldigby1A husband and wife team brought a special touch to the evening and they are known as Digby and The Lullaby.  Farryl Purkiss joined them on stage.  To quote: From Cape Town to New York, Rouchelle Hubsch (on piano and vocals), and Darren Peens (on guitar and vocals) have cast their indie-folk spell on audiences everywhere. Digby and the lullaby have a flair for intimate performances, and single out the theatre as their favourite place to play. “Theatres are irresistible,” smiles Rouchelle. “It makes our connection with the audience so real and tangible.”

Truth if ever – you could feel the connection between them and this feeling was conveyed to the audience.

To find out more about them, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/digbyandthelullaby

Watch them on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjlUvQFA2aI

Farryl Purkiss is an artist whose name I have heard on many lips, but I must confess I had not yet listened to his music. One day last week I happened to see him on the Expresso Show on SABC 3. He blew me away with his gentle spirit and gift of music. When exploring the net to find out more about Farryl, I found his website had a list of accomplishments that are so extensive it would take many hours to even put them into words. Farryl is one mighty, talented man who continues to stir the soul with his heartfelt songs.

Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarrylPurkiss/timeline

http://www.myspace.com/purkissmusic

dave1Another artist that I had not heard before was Dave Ferguson (aka Lonesome Dave). Dave is very popular in Cape Town and plays at many venues and has taken his solo act to many countries abroad. He has lived in the UK for many years and his knowledge and talent is visibly seen and felt. Dave performs with an energy and vigor that is admirable. To find out more about him check out his facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Ferguson/218930584833758?sk=timeline

Listen to his music here: http://www.soundcloud.com/lonesomedave

blacksmith1Blacksmith is a band that is both entertaining and one of the longest playing bands around. The band was formed in 1970 and their music style has drifted towards Acoustic and their repertoire contains Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, English, Irish and Scottish Traditional, Acapella Rap, Modern and Ancient Pop, Hard Rock and Boeremusiek – so no real focus then, but a reflection of a band that has been going for almost 40 years. From the moment they started playing people sat up and took notice. They entertained the audience in every sense of the word. To find out more about them, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blacksmith/192258127451521?sk=timeline

edit50Two young artists that I’ve had the absolute pleasure and delight to watch perform are Jeremy du Plessis and Miles Sivewright. The two, took to the stage and did what comes so naturally to the both of them. Watching Jeremy I was again astounded by his deepness for someone so young. Music that touches your heart with a tight grip and once it takes hold, it never lets go. https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-douglas

Find out more about Jeremy on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jeremydouglasmusic

When I think of Miles Sivewright I think of the beauty of the earth we live on. His music has a way of creating beautiful images in your mind of nature and faraway places. It is a beautiful feeling and it is therapy for the body and soul. Find him on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/milessievwright

Take a listen here: http://soundcloud.com/milessievwright

louise1Louise Day and the twin sisters Leandi and Lelani van der Berg combined their beautiful harmonies, melodies and rhythm and every eye in the theatre was focused on them. Louise Day is a vivacious young woman with a beautiful heart and her latest video was filmed on the streets of Cape Town. Louise fondly speaks about the people coming out onto the streets to offer tea and cake – this is a lady who loves people and it shows. Louise spent many years in America and no small wonder she has the talent and stage personality that makes her the person that she is. Her brand new video ‘Closer’ is being released in the UK and America, watch it on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NkufLZntSQ

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Louise.Day.Music/timeline

I have been fortunate enough to witness Mark Haze in action a couple of times. Each and every time it is a new experience. Mark brings his absolute all on a stage and he is a born entertainer. He has an energy that is infectious and rubs off on his audience. His personality is so big and it shouts out for all the world to see. Mark’s passion for music started at a young age and he continues to do what he does with his whole being. Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkHaze12/timeline

Jesse Jordan teamed up with Mark and I realized that I know very little about him. Here is a little history on Jesse and his band: ‘Jesse Jordan Band recorded their debut album, “Lately When She Cries” released in 2000 through Universal Records. Their first single “Eastern Bridge” garnered widespread radio airplay and bagged them the winning slot for 1999’s “Shell Road To Fame” “Pop/Rock” category.’ Jesse is someone to keep an eye on. Follow him on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JesseJordanBand/timeline

edit101 Mark and Jesse accompanied each other to perfection.

Last but not least was Art Matthews and Vusi Masikela both household names in S.A.

ard1Ard is well known as the singer for Just Jinjer, having sold more than a quarter of a million albums to date. I was excited to say the least, when I heard that he was to perform at the festival. Ard has one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard. His voice has a beautiful tone to it and a deep quality. Rumor has it, that Ard sang at a restaurant one evening while working as a waiter, where he was immediately offered a regular gig, and was soon making a good living on the JHB circuit as a solo performer. This is just a little tidbit of the rich history that is Ard Matthews. Here is his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ardmatthews – Watch Just Jinjer’s beautiful video ‘What He Means on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxDjJ5h6KaI

Joining Ard on stage, was none other than Vusi Masikela – Vusi was a boy from Mamelodi. Black South African music was hard to come by and was banned from being played on the radio so they listened to American music – James Brown. Motown. The Commodores and whatever South African and African recordings they could find: Mahotella Queens, Mahlatini Queens, Miriam Makeba, Dark City Sisters, Fela Kuti. Young Vusi and his neighborhood friends formed a little band of their own and started making music of their own, inspired by the recordings they heard wafting out of the Shebeen. Vusi built his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can and taught himself how to play. In 1976, Vusi’s political education began as he witnessed the devastating massacre of more than 200 black South Africans in the Soweto Uprising. Vusi responded through his music, inspiring other musicians and listeners around him. This is just a little bit behind the man that is Vusi Masikela – read more on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vusimahlasela/timeline.

edit111Vusi is truly a man to be admired and looked up to and he has a father heart for people and the community, which comes across strongly in his mannerisms and his warm heart as he shares his gift for all to see. I felt so privileged to be part of something so beautiful that was unfolding before my eyes. Sitting there watching Vusi, I felt a feeling of pride for our country and I count it a blessing to be part of such a rich and diverse culture.

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edit251I am excited to see what awaits us with the next edition of this fabulous event. To find out when the next event will take place and to stay up to date with all the happenings, follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Town-Folk-n-Acoustic-Music-Festival/113231878787427

 

 

 

 

 

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Ivan Roux Idols SA Season 10

It is that time of the year when one of S.A.’s favourite television shows hits our screens and has it hit with a bang!  I have watched with an eager eye and I am so excited to see what awaits us in the next couple of months as the season unfolds. In particular, I am excited to see what Ivan Roux is going to bring in this competition.

Ivan Roux is a young man who has a hunger deep within him that shines forth for all to see and this brought me to the point of finding out more about who he is as a person and what is important to him.  I was lucky enough to catch him online. Here is a little glimpse into his life :

Where were you born?

I was born in Centurion, Pretoria at Unitas Hospital.

How many brothers and sisters do you have? 

I have a younger brother 21 and a younger sister 23.

What does family mean to you?

Family means the world to me, even though I was raised by my mom alone, I would not be where I am today, if it wasn’t for her. I’m absolutely crazy about family.

When did you first show an interest in music?

I started singing when I was 4 years old, my nana, Rita Roux, always made me perform for all the ladies.

Did you use your talent at school or anywhere else?

I never used my talent at school, because I was too shy and scared that I would be judged for singing, because I always had rugby playing friends and my father was always focused on the sport side of everything. I enjoyed doing sport, but it didn’t fill that gap – that hunger inside of me.

What does music mean to you?

Music really, really means the world to me.  I’m not always open about my feelings in person, but when I sing, I channel all my happiness, fear and emotions into it. I’m so passionate about singing and there is nothing else I would rather do than to perform.

What would it mean to you if you win?

Winning Idols Season 10 would change my life completely, it would mean, that I can finally do what I’ve always dreamed about doing and that is performing.

What do you value in life?

I value trust, honesty and loyalty in my life , I think these are the three most important things to me ever!!!

What food do you enjoy?

Pasta and pizza.

What don’t you enjoy eating? Snails.

What is your favourite sweet?

My favorite sweets are definitely Oreo Cookies, like if you want to spoil me,  get me some Oreo’s.

What is your favourite colour?

Blue.

What behaviour do you hate?

I hate it when people never say please and thank you.

  Can you share a little about your life story? 

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Well, my father left when I was 3 years old, I later turned out to be a mother’s worst nightmare, but after that whole phase it brought me and my mom so close to each other. We never really had money growing up, but if I can give advice to the younger generation, don’t ever give up, keep pushing forward and if God has planted a dream inside of you, that dream is there for a reason, don’t let anyone EVER tell you, that you aren’t good enough, or that you can’t do it!! Believe in yourself, always keep in mind where you want to go in life, but never forget where you came from, stay humble!! Once again believe in yourself because God surely does!!

His audition: http://idolssa.dstv.com/Video/598294/pretoria-auditions-ivan-roux

If you would like to support him please give his support page a ‘like’ – here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivan-Roux-Says/944649832217043

Where would you like to live one day? 

I would love to stay in my mother country, either Johannesburg or Cape Town. I love my country.

What are your hobbies and passions other than music?

My hobbies are dancing ( even though I can’t dance), horse riding, moto-x-riding, fishing and having a good time with friends.

I realized after listening to Ivan share his heart so openly, here is a young man who truly values what is important in life – especially his family. Ivan Roux is someone with deep values and his sincerity is visible.  I am so grateful for the opportunity of sharing this with you.  Keep your eyes peeled to see where this young man is headed. I believe a great future awaits him as he shares his gift with the world.   Watch Idols on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sundays at 17:30. It will also be available on DStv Catch Up on your PC only once the show has aired.

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Devers

 

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Photo credit : Snorh Lisa Lindorh Sithole

Ivan Roux Idols SA Season 10


 Paige Mac, Stone Jets & Grace de La Hunt at The Waiting Room

To say I was excited when I heard that Paige Mac was going to be joining forces with Stone Jets for a gig, would be an understatement. On Tuesday evening a friend and I travelled through to The Waiting Room on Long Street to watch them do what they do best.

WAIT1Driving through to Cape Town, in particular, Long Street, I watched people sitting chatting socially with each other in all the little restaurants and cafes along the way. It’s always a treat to watch the hustle and bustle that is Long Street. The street comes alive at night and the sound of chatter fills the air. Walking down the road, I felt exhilarated at the thought of what awaited us at The Waiting Room.

It is a venue that hosts many local artists and is one of the best acoustic venues in Cape Town. We had booked a table at the Royale Eatery, which is always such a treat.

Royale Eatery

Royale Eatery

 

The service and food is tops and the burgers are definitely the highlight on the menu.  I have yet to eat a burger that comes close.

A surprise awaited us! At 9pm sharp, Grace de La Hunt was the suprise! Grace took to the stage with a natural ease. I had not previously watched Grace, but the saying ‘first impressions count’ was certainly true in her case. Grace is a young lady who has a voice that is second to none.

 

 

Listening to her, I realized, that not only is Grace a natural beauty, but she possesses a deep soul.

Grace de la Hunt

Grace de la Hunt

grace4My friend turned to me and said ‘I love her voice’. We were itching to see whether Grace had brought any albums with her, but sadly Grace told us that no albums have been produced as yet. I am sure that it won’t be long before this happens, as Grace de La Hunt is someone to take notice of – young, fresh, dynamic, soulful and creative are words that come to mind when thinking of her performance.

Take a listen to her songs here: http://www.reverbnation.com/q/4yqim5 https://soundcloud.com/race_de_la_unt

Or follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grace.d.hunt

 

Stone Jets

Stone Jets

Next up, was Stone Jets, a duo consisting of Given Nkanyane on vocals and Manfred Klose on bass and vox. The band has just celebrated their first year together and what a year it has been. Given and Manfred met each other in Johannesburg and the rest is history! Given with his heartwarming, soulful voice and Manfred with his brilliant guitar playing, bring a ‘sound and feel’ like no other. It is difficult to put a finger on it, but from the moment I experienced them for the first time, they moved me to my core!

Their music seeps into the deepest depths of your heart and spills over filling you with warmth.

Given Nkanyane

Given Nkanyane

Manfred Klose

Manfred Klose

 Powerful, heartfelt, touching, happy and warm are just some words that come to mind when experiencing their music. The crowd loved them and shouted ‘more’ when they said it’s their last song. Given has a personality that is infectious and rubs off on a person – he has a stage presence that reaches out and grabs you. Manfred on the other hand has a quiet spirit that soothes the soul. When they performed Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ , Given brought it all on that stage. His energy and stage personality made me feel like dancing. As I turned to look at the crowd gathered, I saw happy faces everywhere. It bears mentioning, that when they perform ‘Caravans’ the mood changes and Given openly displays his soul – you can see it in his eyes. I have realized that Stone Jets are so versatile and they can perform just about anything.  Stone Jets add a special touch to everything they do. From happy to sad songs, they manage to reel you in with their presence.

Stone Jets have produced an EP and each and every song is a masterpiece.

I just discovered that Stone Jets have a video on You Tube!! Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_-Bp0wS-mE

To find out more about them, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stone.jets/timeline

Listen to some of their soulful tunes here: https://soundcloud.com/stone-jets-music

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Paige MacMahon

Up to this point the evening had been so fulfilling and I realized that I didn’t want it to come to an end. Last, but certainly not least, Paige Mac was up next. Paige Mac is a name that has taken off in South Africa and their sound is funky, emotional, real and unique. Paige Mac has played at most of the music festivals throughout the country and has appeared on the Expresso Breakfast Show on SABC 3 as well as Top Billing. Their diary is sometimes booked months in advance, as their popularity is known far and wide and they are dearly sought after – I can tell you, this is no surprise. The band consists of Paige MacMahon (vocals), Garry van Vuuren (bass) and Giovanni Serci (drums). I will never forget the first day I heard Paige sing. A very good friend of mine who promotes musicians, suggested I go take a listen to her on You Tube, the particular song was ‘Atrophy’ – from the moment I heard her sing, my whole body broke into goose bumps –  my whole body felt like one big goose bump. I only heard how personal the song was to Paige at a later date and it moved me deeply.

Paige MacMahon writes deep lyrics and she lives out her music on stage, sharing her truth and the emotions that she experiences. Her music is her life and her journey. The beauty of Paige’s heart is real and raw – this is Paige and her music in every sense of the word.

Paige brings it all together, as music is part of her past, her present and her future. Music that makes you ‘feel’. As a person who lives in an imperfect world, I can relate. Listening to them, you cannot help but be moved emotionally and spiritually. So often, music can be empty and meaningless, just words strung together, but Paige sings about real life and experiences, displaying real emotion and it grips me every time. When Paige performs her song ‘Love Makes You Fat‘ I cannot help myself from giggling as it has such a happy, funky feel about it.  Paige can sing about pain, darkness, joy and the light side of life and to do this truly speaks of someone who is gifted with a rare and genuine gift.

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Garry van Vuuren

Giovanni Serci

Giovanni Serci

The first time I met Paige and Garry I was bowled over by their humbleness and sincerity.  As a band they form a powerful connection, which is conveyed to their audience. Paige and Garry bring so much to the table with their unique sound and I was fortunate enough to witness their drummer, Giovanni Serci  for the first time.  It was truly a ‘wow’ moment. Without a shadow of a doubt, Paige Mac are a band to be reckoned with.

The evening was every kind of perfect.  My friend and I left at the end of the evening  feeling deeply privileged to have experienced some of the finest musicians that South Africa has to offer.

Take a listen to them on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/paigemac

Follow them on Facebook to find out about events happening in your area: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paige-Mac/349281421847312?sk=timeline

You Tube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3q4380sSO8

 

 Quote: “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

 

 


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Blonde&Beard

Sunday afternoon was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was excited as I had heard Stone Jets were heading to a brand new restaurant/café/coffee shop in Muizenberg, namely, Blonde&Beard. I had the absolute pleasure of watching them play before and can say the bug that is ‘Stone Jets’ has seriously bitten me!

Upon arriving I was impressed. The Blonde&Beard has a quaint feel about it. It is situate in the Balmoral, which is just before you turn off to Muizenberg Beach. As I entered the room, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee awakened my senses, as did the smell of delicious vegetables and other yummy dishes being prepared.

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Upstairs

A certain charm can be found at Blonde&Beard and it is definitely unique to some of the other venues I have visited – intimate and cosy, but designed with a feeling of space. Positioned upstairs is a platform for artists to do their thing and I was fortunate enough to get a table right next to the band.

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Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

I ordered a ‘mediterranean roasted vegetable salad’ which was beautifully presented and super fresh. I could just tell that love went into preparing the meal. The coffee bears mentioning – I am a keen coffee lover and must say, it met all my expectations – rich, creamy and delicious.

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Manfred – the man with the magic fingers

Given – the voice behind the band

One day, just over a year ago, Given Nkanyane and Manfred Klose met at a recording studio in Cape Town. Since that day Stone Jets was created and the rest is history. Given and Manfred came together and formed a dynamic band and haven’t looked back. I am personally so happy that I discovered them, because their music warms my heart. Their sound is a folk/rock acoustic blend and they played all their own music as well as some covers.

IMG_8858Stone jets played two sets for the afternoon and it was just such a treat to enjoy a scrumptious meal listening to them play and sing. These guys have a groovy feel about them – Manfred with his gentle quiet spirit and Given with his outgoing bubbly personality, together they fit like a glove.

When Given sings his voice tells a story – music moves him deep within his soul and the beautiful light that shines within his soul comes forth and shines brightly for all to see.

At the end of their second set, a lady approached Given and I overheard her say to him ‘your voice is phenomenal – you have such an incredible vocal range’ – true words indeed.

Stone Jets is a band that has achieved so much in their first year and I cannot wait to see what awaits them down the line.

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A saw this beautiful quote and it seemed so apt -

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
 Harriet Tubman

To find out more about Stone Jets, or to give their page a ‘like’ on facebook, follow the link:

https://www.facebook.com/stone.jets

LISTEN HERE: https://soundcloud.com/stone-jets-music

 

Their website: http://stonejets.com/

Let the beauty of their music touch your soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Jets at Blonde&Beard


Thursday eve I headed to Cafe Roux to watch 3rd WORLD SPECTATOR!  I was excited to say the least, judging from previous shows I knew we were in for a mind blowing experience!  3rd WORLD SPECTATOR had since then gripped me in a powerful way.  The band members are – Peter Crafford - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano Justin Versfeld - Lead Guitar André Wentzel – Drums Louis Kuhn – Bass, Backing Vocals Elan Schnider – Piano, Synth, Guitar.

What a night at Cafe Roux!

What a night at Cafe Roux!

Cafe Roux is such an awesome venue.  So if you’re looking for live music and good food, look no further, Cafe Roux is the place to be. All the top bands and artists in S.A. have graced the stage at Cafe Roux. So, be sure to check out their website for all the latest news and events happening -

http://www.caferoux.co.za/

This is no run-of-the-mill band – together they bring something unique and different. 3rd WORLD SPECTATOR boast a list of accolades, which includes their video “Ambulance’ it reached number 2 on the MK Top 10 Music Video Chart, placing the band firmly at the forefront of the local rock scene.

editnice1When listening to the band’s lead vocalist, Peter Crafford, my arms break out in goosebumps! Peter’s voice has a haunting affect and it lingers in your mind long after. It seems to reverberate in your mind over and over and Peter’s vocal ability is truly phenomenal – unforgettable is the word! An evocative quality is evident and not only does it enter your mind, but his voice infiltrates your soul – something much deeper takes place.  Their music has a spiritual element and I think this is what comes through very strongly when listening to them.

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edit1 editnice6 editnice4The band are a powerful force – there is a strong rock element, but at the same time a gentleness which comes through. Being a witness to their energy and connection as a band on stage is something remarkable to behold. As a band, they bring so much and watching the audience I could see they were mesmerized by what was playing out before their eyes. The band has a certain liveliness that rubs off and looking around me I could see the energy in the room.

What warm fellows!

What warm fellows!

Peter shared at the beginning of the evening that they would play some of their old familiar songs as well as their new tunes. All I can say is, that listening to all the old familiar songs brought a fresh longing for more and listening to the new tunes wowed every single person in the room. I cannot wait for the release of their new album. 3rd WORLD SPECTATOR is taking Cape Town by storm and there will be no stopping the storm once this album hits the shelves.

To get a little taste of what they’re about, watch their song ‘Ambulance’ on You Tube :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UywZKAqlpeY

Take a listen here:  https://soundcloud.com/3rdworldspectator

To find out more about them as a band and also where they will next be appearing, follow the links –

https://www.facebook.com/3rdworldspectator/timeline

http://www.3rdworldspectator.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd WORLD SPECTATOR AT CAFE ROUX

Michael Lowman at Cafe Roux


On Thursday evening a friend and I decided to visit Cafe Roux as Michael Lowman was visiting our valley after he had opened for international music sensation Tori Amos. I was excited as I had watched Michael previously and knew we were in for a treat.

edit10It was a cold winter’s evening, and a brightly burning fire added to the cosy atmosphere that Cafe Roux is renowned for. Cafe Roux is one of the finest restaurants to be found in the Noordhoek valley. The dining area is set up for either small intimate tables, or larger tables, depending on how many bookings are made and for how many people. The venue also offers a fully licensed bar for all your thirsty needs. Not only does Cafe Roux offer the tastiest food, but entertainment is a high priority.edit7 edit8Good food and   entertainment are a winning combination that very few restaurants offer and when you drive up the road that leads you to the venue you are surrounded by the beauty of the valley.  The ‘ever’ so friendly staff at Café Roux ushered us to our table, which was right in front of the stage.  I was tickled pink at the thought of taking some nice photos.
We sat back enjoying our delicious food, which is always beautifully presented and of the highest standard.

edit9Michael arrived with a friendly wave at the crowd gathered before him. We were all counting the minutes in anticipation to him kicking off the evening. Michael has this serene aura that surrounds him and you immediately pick up on it. He is as cool as a cucumber, so to speak. His charming personality  rubs off on his audience and people all around me giggled delightfully at his jokes and quirky personality. I could see that he was in good spirits and the mood was light and people felt relaxed and ready for a great show.
Michael played all his own music, which to me is ‘real’ music as well as some covers.

His lyrics are personal, genuine and sincere. Michael is versatile and his music is gentle on the ear- it comes naturally to him. There were people of all ages, young and old in the audience and they loved every minute of his soulful performance. Some ladies stood up and clapped loudly. Michael gladly indulged our requests for more and gave freely and abundantly of himself.  There was nothing that made Michael want to leave in a hurry and I think, even Michael was captivated by the ambience of Cafe Roux and the beauty that is our valley.
edit26A little background on Michael – Michael lost his dad at a very young age and it had a huge impact on his life and his music. ‘Michael recorded his debut EP “In My Own Words” with the help of producer Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers), Scott Austin and some incredibly talented musicians in the iconic Studio at The Palms.’ Michael has become a household name in S.A. and his music has a folk, blues and pop feel to it. Music that is pleasing to the ear and it tugs at the heartstrings. Michael is a deep young man, despite his music being lighthearted and fun.

When picturing Michael’s music in my mind’s eye, I have visions of the sea – not just the visible beauty seen with the eye from shore, but viewed from deep down below- the dark depths where beautiful colourful sea creatures live and move in rhythm to the waters – music of many colours, depths and beauty.

Michael is making waves, not just locally but internationally too and this is no small surprise as his music is heartfelt, soulful and once heard, there is no turning back – his fans are hooked for life.

edit2To find out more about Michael’s journey and latest events, check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/michaellowmanmusic
Michael on You Tube : http://www.youtube.com/user/michaelalowman