CODA Africa at The Youngblood Arts & Culture Development

Last night was no ordinary night by any means. The Youngblood Arts & Culture Development is a relatively new artistic centre which was founded  in 2010 by Roger Jungblunt. Roger saw the need to support artistic/creative minds with a space to create and express talent. The gallery comprises multiple floors and when looking up, you feel as if there is no end. The building has an open flow design which is light and artistically furnished with a modern flair. Beautiful artwork grabs your eye from the moment you enter the centre. Read all about it here –

Upon arrival, we were welcomed and ushered in warmly. With a drink in hand, we made our way to our table. As time moved on, the place started filling up and happy chatter filled the air.

At 7.30 I was reminded of the song ‘tiny bubbles’ – well in this case, it was a big bubble and in the bubble was a lady in a beautiful cream gown holding a sax! The music infiltrated the room and every eye was fixed on the beauty in the bubble.  A magical moment was experienced, as we sat mesmerized, not only by her beauty, but the  fairy tale experience of it all. What a way to kick the evening off.

A little while later, the reason for the evening arrived.  CODA Africa took to the stage – Camera, light, action……..

Let me introduce you to this 5 piece band –

Zami Mdingi – vocals
Carol Thorns – electric cellist
Galina Juritz – violinist
Judy Brown – saxophonist
DJ LuvChild – DJ

A little background – Cape Town-based afro electro music group, CODA Africa, has been nominated for 2 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for ‘Most Promising Artiste in Africa 2014’, and ‘Best African-Electro Act 2014’ alongside Goldfish and Mi Casa.


The band’s album  ‘Disclosure’ features an array of songs. The songs are based on stories of each member of the band. This in itself, is a beautiful thing.

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Stylish, graceful, funky, spunky, hotness, groovy are just some words that come to mind when watching them…the list is endless.

To say I was rendered speechless listening to Zami, would be an understatement. The adage ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ is certainly true in her case. Zami literally exploded before our very eyes -her voice entered our ears and seeped into our hearts. When Zami sings, her face is filled with soul – her whole face is filled with emotion and joy. It was an experience that moved me to my core. Deep, powerful,  and ‘true soul’ was what I felt, watching and listening to her. Zami has charisma and her vibrant personality comes alive on stage.

Carol wowed and captivated us with her red cello and big eyes. Super talented and gifted, Carol has taken her act abroad for years. Her latest project is ‘the bubble’ – To quote – This new, innovative concept has taken the corporate entertainment market by storm and has been booked for SA’s top launches, fashion events and parties. The Bubble is in great demand across South Africa and worldwide.

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Galina’s face sparkled as she played the strings on her electric violin, bringing sweet melodies to our ears. In 2010, she started working with composer and performer Neo Muyanga and has since performed in his debut productions Memory of How it Feels and The Flower of Shembe. She has composed music for bands, chamber ensembles and short films, and often works as a session recording artist’.

Galina is highly accomplished in her own right, read more here –

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I sat watching Judy play her sax and felt shivers down my spine. Her album ‘Liquid Sax‘ is now available.

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Judy has traveled internationally, bringing her dreamy sound too many. Being one of the most sought after saxophonists, Judy has collaborated with some of the country’s top performers.

Last, but certainly not least, is the thorn among the roses so to speak – Dj Luvchild – , what a rad dude! Luvchild is based in Cape Town. Being a rare talent, Luvchild has opened for many of South African and international bands and acts ranging from afro house, dance hall, funk, rock, reggae, dub step to hip-hop. He is known for  opening shows for three respective bands on the same night, featuring different genres and rocking the house. Luvchild is chilled and brings a certain ‘coolness’ to the band.

Walking away at the end of the evening, I thought about this experience and realized that it was a first for me. CODA Africa bring so much as an act – you cannot put them in a box.

Like a million stars in the galaxy, so their music sparkles, explodes, lightens and transports you to another realm.

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CODA Africa at The Youngblood Arts & Culture Development

Rene Maritz:

Camphill Village is a market with a difference!

Originally posted on Soul Sessions SA:

Camphill Village – Monthly Market Featuring Music by Marnus Daniel

Photos by Kit Heathcock and staff

Yesterday a friend and I took a drive out to Camphill Village. It is a beautiful drive through, once you get past the hustle and bustle of Century City.

Camphill Village is an organization that has been operating for the past 50 years. Last year they celebrated the 50th year with an all day market that featured several musicians with Valiant Swart and Freshlyground being the main acts of the day. A barn dance was held a month later with an auction in conjunction with the event, which was enjoyed with great gusto by all.  As a visitor to Camphill, I can truly say that the care for the folk at Camphill Village is visibly seen and felt. The hands-on approach and dedication of the staff is evident at every event.


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Camphill Monthly Market With A Difference

The Trouble

The Trouble

Joshua Grierson- Storyteller/Folk SInger

Joshua Grierson- Storyteller/Folk SInger

Saturday night was the launch of a brand new band, however, despite this being the case, the band member s are not new to music, in fact they are multi-talented artists.

Joshua Grierson and Lauren Fowler-Kierman

Joshua Grierson and Lauren Fowler-Kierman

Joshua Grierson  together with Lauren Fowler-Kierman, Gene Kierman and Wesley Reneke, came together to create something old and something new, so to speak.

Gene Kierman

Gene Kierman

A spontaneous idea was born – to start up a band, incorporating Gene on guitar, French horn and vocals, the dreamy voice of Lauren on vocals, harmonizing with Joshua and Wesley on percussion. The band ‘The Trouble’ was birthed.

Wesley Reneke

Wesley Reneke

As 2014 drew to an end, so did Joshua’s’ folk act’.  Joshua made a personal decision to move in a different direction, namely  –

A L T R O (alternative electro) and hence ‘F O L L O WE R’ took form and shape.

The name in itself grabs one’s attention. To find out more, follow

‘F O L L O W E R’ on Facebook.

The song ‘Forgiven‘ can be heard here:

Poignant, eerie, haunting and soul provoking are words that come to mind when listening to this song.

I was one of the lucky ones that managed to get a ticket for the show. The event was held at Cafe Roux – one of the hottest venues in Cape Town. To find out about ‘live’ events, give Cafe Roux a ‘like’ on Facebook :

Situate in the mountainous, leafy suburb of Noordhoek, Cafe Roux is host to some of S.A.’s top artists and I couldn’t think of a better place for ‘The Trouble’ to launch their brand new act. From beginning to end, I was swept away by the electrifying performance of Joshua and his new band.  Folk music at its best, as I had come to know it;  Joshua played and sang all his original songs, storytelling being the name of the game. In full view of his fans and audience, Joshua and his band members cast a spell on us and drew us in. Bringing a band to the party has added a whole new dimension to Joshua’s act. Sitting there, I thought I had just witnessed one of the most beautiful moments ever and I didn’t want the night to end. Each band member is like a piece of a puzzle and the puzzle is now complete.  I am beyond excited to see where the band is heading – keep your eyes peeled for exciting events and news coming soon.

To get a little taste of what to expect, check out this You Tube video:“>






The Trouble at Café Roux

Longbeach Mall Expo With Mamma Gogo







 A decision was made to host the Expo again this year, after its huge success last year. Longbeach Mall Management gave the ‘go ahead’ and Donald Barnett of Mamma Gogo planned every last detail of the event that would take place, right down to a ‘T’. His right hand man Dylan Posthumus was an enormous help throughout the whole process. A big thanks to Janine Coomer Davidson, the Marketing Manager at Longbeach Mall for making this happen.

When I was approached by Donald to once again be part of the crew, I was excited to say the least. I humbly requested some musicians to do a set for us, as part of the couch jams. This just added to the flavour of the activities. The array of musicians that came on board were amazing.


The Longbeach Mall Expo

A special lady who spent the whole day watching the musicians on the Friday – even said she loves this as she did this when she was young!

The traders that came forward to display their wares were full of energy and their excitement rubbed off on all of us. Watching them set up every morning was a treat; expectant hearts were evident as they eagerly awaited the mall goers. Their tables were beautifully displayed and everywhere I gazed I saw their handcrafted displays. From crystal jewellery that magically sparkled, amazing artwork, colourful crafted chandeliers that make my mouth drool, embroidered cushions that were truly as pretty as a picture, to beadwork and more. A lovely lady called Bhanoo had a table set up for henna tattoos and in case you wondering whether I had one done, the answer is a big ‘yes’ I felt like a kid again as I marvelled at the ‘circus/carnival’ feel of the Expo.

A very talented lady by the name of Jeanette had a table set up for the young ones to do pottery – it was amazing to see the creative juices flowing among them.

Paul our sound man

Paul our sound man

A special mention must be made to Alexo Property Brokers who sponsored sound and a sound engineer for all four days. Paul Gennrich was our sound man and he did a superb job and on the last day revealed some hidden talent that we didn’t know about. Thank you Steve Van for arranging this – your generosity does not go unnoticed.

IMAGE36To find out more about Mamma Gogo, check them out on Facebook:

To view the gallery of photos taken by myself and kindly shared by Mamma Gogo, click on this link:

Here is a little screen slide of the musicians that gladly and freely offered their time and music with us:

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I would love to give a write up on each one, but time doesn’t allow for this. You can find them all on Facebook – give them a like and listen to their music. If I can put it in a nutshell –

Evelyn Hart – powerful, dynamic and goose bumps all at the same time. Tamara and Jean – thank you for playing all those lovely golden oldies from yesteryear – Johnny Cash has come alive again in my heart. Guy Collins, namely ‘Mr Soul’ – thank you for always bringing your all on any given stage. Emma Jean Beattie – what a pleasure to experience your voice – you are born to be a rock star! Kathryn Swain – graceful, elegant and such a natural voice – I could listen to you forever.  David and Lauren -Shamanzi – I just love the variety of instruments you use and the truly African feel of your music – soothing and calming sounds.  Myddle Earth – I felt like I had escaped into a fairytale land and Robin Hood was going to appear at any moment with his merry men. Marnus Daniel for your true passion and expression. Jamie Jupiter for your uniqueness, simply love your home grown music. Jennifer Eaves, for moving me to tears with your deep lyrics and for just being ‘you’, Jaco and Marieke –Royal Commoners for your glow that shines from your faces and infiltrates our hearts – you heading for big places. Steve Van, for your deep and endearing music that grips the soul. Grace de La Hunt for your quirky personality and spunk that shines through in your music. A special thanks to Kyle Chowles who stood in for an act who couldn’t make it on the day – you were certainly a winner!

image150Looking back on the four days a strong feeling of community was felt by all. A coming together of hearts sharing and giving. No one man/woman stood alone, but all joined together as one to support and encourage one another. This is what it is all about!

To see the bigger picture, you have to get involved.

It was great to see the response of the mall goers to the market, as well as the ‘live’ music. I am deeply touched and feel privileged to have been part of this amazing initiative and eagerly look forward to what awaits us next year.


Longbeach Mall Expo With Mamma Gogo

The Royal Commoners and Hatchetman

All photos and article by René Maritz

Tuesday evening was the usual monthly gathering at the Clovelly Country Club for the monthly False Bay Folk Association Music evening. When I walked in I was blown away – the place was packed to capacity and they were adding some extra chairs in the far back corner. My gut instinct told me that this was going to be a good night.

IMG_2186The Royal Commoners were up to open for Hatchetman. I had recently met them at the Longbeach Mall Expo. After what I witnessed at the Expo, I knew the audience were in for treat. As they took to the stage I was captivated by the smile on Marieke’s face. Her enthusiasm and sparkle washed over the audience. The Royal Commoners are a duo, namely Marieke and Jaco. Their passion and love for what they do is visible and this comes as no surprise, considering the couple are newlyweds. I don’t know what is more beautiful – their love for one another or their music. Their faces mirror a certain glow, which is endearing in itself. Marieke has a beautiful vocal range and Jaco accompanies her with his guitar. The people lapped up every drop of it. They Royal Commoners played covers by the Lumineers as well as their own songs. For me, personally, I enjoy listening to their original songs as this is their story and they come alive in every moment of each song. The audience clapped and sang along with great gusto. Even an Afrikaans song was thrown in for good measure. Keep your eyes peeled on their events and find them in your area. The Royal Commoners will be performing as one of the opening acts with Jeremy Loops this Saturday coming, at the’ Cool as Folk Cape Town’ – check it out here:

Royal CommonersHere is the link to their Facebook page :

Take a listen to them :

After enjoying a delightful dinner I could feel the excitement mounting as Hatchetman took to the stage. I have witnessed them in action a couple of times, namely at the CT Folk Festival held at the Baxter Theatre as well as at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

hatchetmanUpon doing their thing, the crowd went wild and shouted for more, this evening was no exception. From beginning to end they ‘wowed’ us all with their music.

The trio consists of –

Jono Tait – guitar / vox
Nick Catto – bass / vox
Matt Catto – percussion / vox

Harmonies and beautiful melodies drifted across the room to our eager ears. I sat there taking it all in. I was captivated from beginning to end. The trio all come from strong musical backgrounds, with parents that have been actively involved in the music scene for years.

jono6What astounds me each and every time I hear him sing, is Jonathan’s vocal range – he has a range that seems to come from another planet!

Together their voices blend to perfection. Crosby Stills and Nash are a band that they look up to and I can honestly say with years of listening to the said band, Hatchetman bring their own unique touch to these songs from yesteryear. Their music is real and the audience clapped and sang along in great delight. Never before have I seen a crowd so taken with a band. Looking around the room I saw teenagers, middle agers and golden oldies. They literally brought the house down. When Jono announced a Beatle’s song was up next the people cheered and clapped even louder.

The band sang ‘Blackbird’ which was a phenomenal performance.

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The Royal Commoners and Hatchetman

Freshlyground at Cape Farmhouse

EVSFreshlygroundFreshlyground had once again decided to do a fundraiser in aid of Cape Fire cause, this time with the proceeds being donated to EVS (Emergency Volunteer Services), an NGO entity raising funds for the Disaster Management Volunteer Corps in the Far South. They provide coordinated community response and relief to all means of emergency & disaster management – needs from fire and flooding to rescue and urban displacement. EVS volunteers played a crucial role in recent collaborative fire fighting efforts that contained one of the worst fires to hit the Deep South in 15 years. I was excited when I heard the event would be taking place at The Cape Farmhouse in Scarborough, as the venue is one of the most beautiful in Cape Town.

ScarboroughSaturday was a little cloudy, but as the day unfolded the sun danced out from behind the lingering clouds and shone upon the earth. Driving through via Misty Cliffs, the ocean in it’s many shades of blue, met my eyes and it left me with a feeling of peace and contentment.

Upon arriving at the Farmhouse, excitement filled me at the thought of watching a band that every South African loves and admires.

Photo from internet

Photo taken from internet

I had previously watched a couple of bands at the farm and was keen to experience the vibe which the farm is known for.  Families – old and young, came out for the day with picnic blankets, chairs, cooler bags and some even brought their dogs along. The farm is as pretty as a picture – a feeling of being in the country envelopes me every time I step foot on the grounds. The meals on offer are reasonably priced, namely cheese burgers, salads and pasta dishes. The farm has a fully equipped bar to cater for all your thirsty needs. For those who have been to Kirstenbosch Gardens and experienced an outdoor venue, the Cape Farmhouse is possibly even better. The Farmhouse offers a smaller more intimate setting, despite having grounds that can comfortably seat 400 people at a time. There is a stage as well as a cemented area in front of the stage where many gather to dance in tune to the music. If you get there early, like me, you stand the chance of getting one of their tables under the gazebo right in front of the stage. The Farmhouse also boasts a restaurant. This is a lovely setting for wedding parties too. If you would like to find out more about the farm and what they have to offer, follow them on Facebook:

After enjoying a lovely lunch, friendship and laughter it was time to sit back and enjoy the phenomenal Freshlyground. Zolani and the childrenZolani kids2

As they took to the stage, children gathered around the stage in eagerness.

With her funky personality that oozes from every pore of her body, a smile that can light up the darkest night and eyes that reflect her passion, Zolani wove her charm.  Children couldn’t hold themselves back from getting on stage to dance with her – this girl was born for the stage.

Peter Cohen

banjoPeople were packed like sardines in front of the stage to get a little piece of the action. The band rocked the farmhouse – everyone was shaking, rattling and rolling in tune to the music. It is no small wonder that since the inception of Freshlyground in 2002, the band has gone on to touch and impact lives wherever they find themselves.

violionistWhat I personally love the most about Freshlyground is their continued interaction with the community by involving themselves in charity and fundraiser events.

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Freshlyground at Cape Farmhouse

Fire Aid Noordhoek – Cafe Roux

pic8 bigoneThe beginning of March saw the start of devastating fires that ravaged our valley far and wide. Wherever I travelled across the valley I saw and smelt smoke and saw the bright glow of flames. The fire continued for days on end and the brave firemen continued fighting fire, day and night to distinguish the blaze from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Despite danger to their own lives, they fought 24/7 to save us. Every morning we would pray that the helicopters would come. 6.30 each morning I would hear the distant rumbling sound of the choppers coming closer.

helicopterThe sound would grow and in that moment it would be music to my ears. They would rise above the mountain top like large birds as they took to the sky – up and down they would go– scooping water far down below – filling up and emptying out as they went.

Families lost homes, some left wearing just their night clothes, grabbing their sentimental treasures before fleeing into the night. Pets wandered off, confused and filled with terror, not knowing where home was. God’s creatures tried to escape, some did, but others were burnt up in the fire. A deep sadness filled us and we continued to pray. The community stood together, holding hands through it all. Earth angels worked day and night seeing to the needs of the people – food, beds and shelter were provided; they didn’t stop until all were cared for. Some of the elderly had to be escorted from the old age home – some fought to stay, not wanting to leave the safety of their little world, for an unknown place. Many able bodies helped save the lost and injured animals, transporting them to shelters. Food supplies and drinks were dropped off at various stations for the firemen and volunteers. Yes, men and woman from the community left the comfort of their homes and their busy jobs to beat the fire. Many had burns, sore eyes, scars and could scarcely breathe, yet they continued without fail. The firemen slept in their fire trucks at night – they said they would not leave us.

Through prayer, care, bravery and love, the fire was extinguished. A community knit in heart and mind, a unity of brotherhood seen and felt like never before. As we now travel the roads on the majestic mountains around us, let us be mindful of their beauty and the living creatures that dwell there. The next time we hear sirens, let us remember the firemen who give their all, day and night, to protect and keep us safe. My heartfelt respect goes out to all of them.

The lovely Jennifer Eaves wrote a song called ‘David & Goliath’ – watch it on You Tube – it portrays the devastation of the fire through her powerful song. The photography was captured by Gale McCall.
Check out her photography page – Gale has so much experience and truly captures the beauty of people through her images. Here is her link:“>

Jennifer has made it free for download – click on the link:

On Sunday 8 March 2015, some locals, namely the Noordhoek Farm Village, Cafe Roux and The Project Room decided to have a special fundraiser benefit to help support the firemen. Café Roux hosted the event and what a lovely venue to host an event of this nature, as the facility is family friendly and can comfortably host a large group of people. A bunch of artists volunteered to perform for free and all proceeds made on the day would be donated to the fund.

Marshall Music also came on board and sponsored the sound equipment for the day.  Wolftrap and Steenberg generously donated wine in aid of the fund and Foodbarn as well as Cafe Roux donated all sales of food towards the Fire Aid.

MCThe MC of the day was Dion Bing –  Dion did a fine job of entertaining the crowd, as well as providing all the information about the fire, firemen, volunteers, sponsors and more. He managed to get the auction in full swing as the people bid higher and higher. We all felt great sadness at the news of the loss of chopper pilot Hendrik “Bees” Marais – condolences to his wife Jackie Marais and the family.  We salute him for his bravery and all the years of fighting fires in Cape Town and South Africa.

Jeremy OlivierThe first musician to take to the stage was Jeremy Olivier. Sitting there I thought, who better to kick off the afternoon’s event.

Jeremy’s music reaches into your very soul and touches you to the core. Lyrics filled with meaning and truth – Jeremy tells his life story through his music. His sincerity is visible and he opens up his soul for all to see.

His song, or should I say their song – as it was created by both Jeremy and his lovely wife, Nicole- ‘Beautiful’ brings tears to my eyes. The song is about their son they adopted…Noah. A little baby that was abandoned at birth – Jeremy portrays the emotions of both parties involved through his song – deeply moving, powerful and touching. Jeremy shared with us that his song ‘Breathing Under Water’ speaks of having hope while we still living.

Jeremy OlivierHaving watched Jeremy a couple of times I can honestly say there is deepness about his music, but I have seen the lighthearted fun side of him too – some of Jeremy’s songs are ‘funky’, ‘jazzy’ and have a whole lot of soul. Jeremy’s music is versatile and appeals to many.

It comes as no surprise that Jeremy’s music is being played on radio stations throughout South Africa. Jeremy has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians – George Benson, Katherine Jenkins, Jonathan Butler and more recently, Daniel Bedingfield. Some of the local musicians that Jeremy has performed on stage with include Danny K, Loyiso Bala, Sibongile Khumalo, Sonja Herholdt, Brandon October, Judith Sephuma, Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Freshly Ground, Mango Groove and Johnny Clegg. Jeremy continues to perform all over South Africa, as well as in Germany, The Netherlands and Dubai. His music is uplifting, encouraging and heartfelt. Take a listen to some of his music here:

Some of Jeremy’s friends accompanied him stage and together they rocked. To find out more about Jeremy and upcoming events, check out his website:

Watch his song ‘Beautiful’ on You Tube:“>

Beatenbergbeat6bwThe three young men that took to the stage next were Matthew Field who wooed us with his voice and guitar strumming, Ross Dorkin who played bass like there was no tomorrow and what can I say about Robin Brink on drums – passion written across his face as he beat the drums in tune to the music.

This trio is known as Beatenberg. I noticed the young people mesmerized by their sound. Radio stations feature their music and they recently did a set ‘live’ on air with 5fm. Catchy, cool and hip are three words that express what their music is about. To find out more about them, follow them on Facebook: or check out their website:

Watch their video ‘Chelsea Blakemore’ here:“>

It was to be my first time watching Freshlyground and I felt like a big kid with a lucky packet. I couldn’t help but be swept away by the fun that is Freshlyground. The band consists of :

Zolani Mahola – Lead vocals
Simon Attwell – Flute, Mbira, Harmonica
Peter Cohen – Drums
Kyla Rose Smith – Violin, Vocals
Julio “Gugs” Sigauque – Acoustic Guitar
Josh Hawks – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Seredeal “Shaggy” Scheepers – Keyboards, Percussion
Lovely ZolaniZolani is so tiny yet her voice is so powerful and fiery – all heart, soul and passion poured out of her. It set my heart on fire to see the people all around me laughing, singing and dancing in tune to the music. Together they form a powerful band – like dynamite their sound exploded and reached into the very hearts of the people.

zolanebwFreshlygroundFreshlyground is a band that all South Africans look up to and admire. They are strong supporters of charity events and have giving hearts. Zolani sponsored one of her designer dresses for the auction. The dress was designed by Michelle Ludek. Her dress was auctioned off to the highest bidder at a whopping R20 000. This is not where it ended…a Dutch couple very generously decided to match this sum which then brought the total to R40 000! What a compassionate couple! How cool is that?

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freshlyground75freshlyground60freshlyground65freshlyground70Me & Mr BrownMrBrown5To end things off, ‘Me & Mr Brown’ took to the stage. These guys play covers and what a fine job they do! Me and Mr Brown play at functions such as weddings or birthdays – I guess office parties too. After the very first song, all those that were not yet standing were up on their feet and swaying to the music. They played a vast range of covers that we could all sing along to and the vibe was just incredible.

crowd3 crowd2There is just something so unifying when people stand together and sing – no barriers, just hearts and souls facing one another and loving life.

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At the end of the day R150 000 was raised! What an awesome event and bunch of people that made this happen. Big thanks.

ChildWhen I look back on this day, the memory of what matters most will live on in my heart–

Love, brothers, sisters, friends and family! As long as we have these treasures, we have everything, despite adversity we can hold on together – we have hope.

If you would like to make a donation or support in any way – check out the website:

Fire Aid Noordhoek – Cafe Roux

False Bay Folk Music Association presents Wren Hinds and Steve Van

Photo by Tj Biggs

Photo by Tj Biggs

Tuesday evening was another folk night. Yes, the False Bay Folk Music Association hosts a fun filled music evening every 1st Tuesday of the month at the Clovelly Country Club. I have been privileged to watch some highly accomplished musicians – Jonathan Tait, Jennifer Eaves, Simon van Gend and more. All thanks goes to Dominique Adelbert for bringing this whole experience to False Bay and in particular Clovelly Country Club. The view from here is breathtaking – mountains surround Clovelly and it feels like the view goes on forever. The premises were initially used by a group of naval officers stationed at the nearby Simonstown base and a number of enthusiastic golfers from the area – the Clovelly Golf Links was formed and started out as a nine-hole course.

CLOVELLY CLUB After the Great Depression of the late 1920’s, Clovelly was rescued from closure by two entrepreneurs, namely Gus Ackerman and Michael Pevsner who took ownership of the land. In 1932 Clovelly Country Club was formed and it opened officially in 1934.

The club as it stands today is one of the most popular played courses by golfers. The breakfasts and roast lunches are very tasty – I can attest to this. After a round of golf, golfers meet for a drink in the festive bar. I know golfers take their game very seriously, but despite sometimes sucking at it, once they sit down with drink in hand, all thoughts of this escapes them, as the view from up high spreads out before them and in the distant the sea twinkles invitingly in all its splendour.

CLOVELLYNow if you’re a golfer and a lover of music, you would do well booking a game of golf and then heading on to the dining lounge that is not just cozy but an intimate setting, which fits perfectly for the experience of folk music. Here are the links to both the Club and the False Bay Folk Association. The menu for the night offers Fish and Chips, Calamari, chips and salad, homemade beef burgers and chips to mention just a few – delicious and very well priced.


This Tuesday was no exception. I had heard that a young man by the name of Wren Hinds had moved to Cape Town from Durban and was eager to see if the rumours were true. Wren has a certain peaceful presence which is touching to watch. This rubbed off on all of us. Considering the flames of the fast approaching fire so close to Clovelly Country Club, it was a temporary relief – a moment of escape from the reality of this night.

 wren2Wren brings a folk/country feel and his music truly felt therapeutic. Wren has a soothing voice – his tone reminds me of a feather gliding through the air, falling lightly and floating to the ground – dreamy like soft fluffy clouds floating through a pale blue sky – light, soft and slow.

To catch up with all his latest news and to experience his music follow him on Facebook:

Watch him and his brother on You Tube :

STEVE VAN EXPOSteve Van was up next – folk/country and a touch of rock is what Steve’s music is about. What can I say about Steve; he has touched so many with his deep lyrics and his sincerity is strongly seen and felt by all who are fortunate enough to hear him.

STEVE VAN EXPO2Steve shared his song “Into the Sky” which was used in the Volkswagen television ad – “Saying Goodbye to Citi Golf” and let’s not forget his song “Faceless” which he wrote to raise awareness of rhino poaching. This is admirable, considering that 49 Rhinos have been poached since the start of 2015!

Steve has become a voice for the Rhino – he speaks on behalf of the Rhino through his music. Hopefully it will touch and change hearts. Every time he sings this song I feel shivers and deep emotions running through me at the thought of the brutality and horror the Rhino face.

Watch the song here:

Steve also sang another favourite of mine “Angel” – which he dedicates to his two angels – his beautiful daughters. It is heartfelt to see Steve’s emotions – his music is truly his story and how it impacts his life – this is truly what music is about – telling stories and bringing change in our world. Steve’s music is sincere, truthful, raw, current and deeply emotional. I didn’t want the evening to end, so moved I felt.

So often we hear music playing on the radio and we sometimes just turn a deaf ear, but it is important to listen – we can learn much through music.

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False Bay Folk Music Association presents Wren Hinds and Steve Van

Camphill Village – Monthly Market Featuring Music by Marnus Daniel

Photos by Kit Heathcock and staff

Yesterday a friend and I took a drive out to Camphill Village. It is a beautiful drive through, once you get past the hustle and bustle of Century City.

Camphill Village is an organization that has been operating for the past 50 years. Last year they celebrated the 50th year with an all day market that featured several musicians with Valiant Swart and Freshlyground being the main acts of the day. A barn dance was held a month later with an auction in conjunction with the event, which was enjoyed with great gusto by all.  As a visitor to Camphill, I can truly say that the care for the folk at Camphill Village is visibly seen and felt. The hands-on approach and dedication of the staff is evident at every event.

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Camphill Village

As we arrived yesterday, the camp was abuzz with activity. Children played and roamed freely in the lovely grounds and tree with ladders. Cars lined the sandy roadway all the way up to the market and main building. People chatting enthusiastically and in the distance I could hear sweet melodies drifting through the air to my ears.

As Mikki and I turned and looked at one another, I noticed her smile mirrored mine. We excitedly walked faster to get to the action. All around us there were people selling delicious food – from home made burgers to pancakes, fish cakes, spinach/feta fritters and let’s not forget the yummy chocolate brownies and good old-fashioned milk tart and refreshing herb juice of course! If you’re looking for the freshest homegrown vegtetables, look no further. Mikki managed to purchase a beautiful beaded necklace for a mere R30.00.  The lady who sells the juice remembered me from last month and mad ea special effort to come call to her table. Friendliness and interaction are two words that are synonymous with Camphill Village.



After getting something to munch on, we made our way to a spot under the trees where Marnus Daniel was playing his heart out for all the folk. People were dancing and singing along – what a precious sight to behold. The songs were a selection of classic and pop. To my surprise and delight I even heard an ‘Afrikaans liedjie’.

MARNUS DANIELMARNUS DANIEL SUCH BRILLIANCEWhen Marnus played the theme song from ‘Titanic’ – ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – a young lady started singing from deep within her soul, arm movements followed– it was a moving experience watching her – my own emotions ran away with me. For one moment in time -Marnus made her feel like a ballerina. I was astounded at his capabilities on the keyboard – his fingers moved endlessly – like lightening striking the keyboard, so his fingers brought sparks to everyone around him – as if we had been struck by lightening – our eyes fixed firmly on him.

MUSIC BY MARNUS DANIEL AND DONALD BARNETTDonald Barnett accompanied Marnus with some of the songs, playing his guitar and together they wove their magic, casting a spell on all of us. We sat in awe with bated breath waiting for each and every song, not wanting the music to end. A big thanks goes out to Donald Barnett of Mamma Gogo for arranging the monthly artists. If not for his commitment to Camphill Village, we would not have experienced this.  Look out for further markets featuring more of the same. Follow Mamma Gogo on their Facebook page:

A little more about what’s on offer at Camphill Village – the dairy boasts the finest yoghurt on the planet. Rumour has it, that they now stock chocolate yoghurt, but alas, in my excitement for all the day’s events I forgot to get some.

For those who love natural products – check out their amazing herbal products ranging from herbal cosmetics, lip balms, deodorants, massage oils to bath milks, just to mention a few.


The bakery uses stone-ground flour and natural wild yeasts. It offers – rye-ferment bread (wheat and yeast free), seed loaf, light brown bread, raisin bread, rusks, rye biscuits and more. There is nothing quite like fresh home baked bread and this is it!

I for one am eternally grateful I found Camphill Village – from that day my life had been touched and changed forever. I was drawn to the people and the beauty of the farm.


By visiting Camphill Village and purchasing some of their products, you not only support them financially, you leave with your heart ablaze and Camphill Village and its people live in your heart.  When we contribute as a community, we enable Camphill Village to continue doing what they do for years to come. This is a power that lies within you and me – we can make it happen. To find out more about Camphill Village- the work in progress, all the products available, as well as events happening – such as the ‘monthly music market,’ follow them on Facebook and give their page a ‘like’, or visit their website:





Camphill Monthly Market With A Difference

It was that time of the year again when lovers of music gather under the African sun on their picnic blankets, sipping long cool drinks while enjoying a delicious packed picnic with friends and family. The excitement mounted as the afternoon unfolded into an evening that was bound to end on a high note. Those gathered would leave with a feeling of euphoria. Yes, the day had finally arrived – the day of the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival.

The MC of the event, namely Gavin Minter, had arranged an evening with one of the greatest ‘line ups’ to date. This was to be the 7th official Folk Festival since its inception a couple of years back. This outstanding event takes places twice a year and the artist/s team up with a partner for a ten minute slot during which they play a song or two. So in other words, they each get to perform one of their own songs.

jen2First to take to the stage was a lady who is fast achieving fame in and around Cape Town, it was none other than the lovely Jennifer Eaves. Think ethereal, dreamy and haunting and you have Jennifer in a nutshell. Jennifer has opened for the likes of Jeremy Loops – no small wonder why. I always tend to break out in shivers when Jennifer reaches those high notes – her classic background comes across very powerfully.


Jennifer is a deep lyricist and her lyrics take you along on her journey, which is a beautiful one.

What an opening performance to kick things off. To find out all about Jennifer and to stay up to date with all her events, follow her on facebook: or visit her web site : to listen to Jennifer click on the link:


Alice Phoebe LouI will never forget the night I witnessed Alice Lou Phoebe singing her heart out in Cape Town – a mere girl with candy floss hair and a smile as broad as the ocean.

Gob smacked and amazed all at once by someone so young, I realized that Alice was a star in the making from day one.

Alice has been touring Germany, busking her way through Europe. A video was filmed recently onTed Ex-Berlin of Alice singing – this is a must watch!

aliceAlice travels the world bringing her stories to everyone that is lucky enough to find her. An album has been released and is available via her web site : – get yours today! The official producer of her album is Popsicle Studios.


Nick TurnerNick Turner and Paige Mac were teamed up for what was to be a powerful combination. I witnessed their duo performance at a previous Folk Festival held at the Baxter and I clearly remember how exhilarating it was.

Nick’s music is like a lucky packet – a bag full of surprises –Rock, reggae, African, hip-hop, ghoema and jazz.

If you can recall a band by the name ‘Sons Of Trout’ – well, the founding member was Nick himself. It just goes to show, that Nick is still in the groove and doing his thing.

Paige MacMahon is a name that is synonymous with soul. Raw, pure and honest are three words that come to mind when thinking of Paige’s music.

The lady sings her truth with every fiber of her being and when her voice reaches those heavenly places it feels like an angel has just landed on earth.

Paige MacMahonPaige is part of a band called Paige Mac. Gigging in and around Cape Town, it is always a pleasure to see them in action. Take a listen to their latest tune –

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tina5Tina Schouw has a serene and regal presence and it comes across on the stage. In her own words: I am a heartist and singer/guitarist. I use music & words to make heart-connections to healing. I am a word & song-crafter & holder of spaces.

Looking at her expressive face, I could tell that behind those deep eyes lays an even deeper soul. Her music is so diverse and spicy; it touches you with rich and colourful flavours.

Gavin Minter joined her on stage, which was a lovely surprise. Together they performed one of his songs – what a treat!

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HatchetmanA band consisting of three fellows, namely Jono Tait, Nick Catto and Matt Catto rocked the stage with their harmonies and instruments. The band is known as HatchetmanJonathan Tait

Jonathan has a vocal range that blows my mind and his vocals are haunting in nature.

Watch them on You Tube: – this band has a stage presence that grabs you from beginning to end. The guys bring a unique blend of folk and rock in their act. A wonderful feeling of comradeship exists between them and this certainly adds to the vibe that is felt on stage and it rubs off on all who hear. Kirstenbosch Gardens was rocking and Hatchetman were the reason. To find out more about this dynamic band, follow them on Facebook:

Hassan AdasHassan’Adas took to the stage in style, warming us with  African rhythms and sound. Hassan has shared the stage with some big names in the industry including Stimela, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Dludlu, Simply Red, SibongileKhumalo as well as Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba. Other band members include Congo-born Kissangwe Junior Mbouta (drums and vocals), Nathan Carolus (guitar and backing vocals) and Lucas Khumalo (bass and backing vocals) who have all played and recorded with prominent South African musicians. To watch them in action, check them out at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

After their phenomenal performance I felt proud to be part of this beautiful place we call Africa.

Guy Buttery I was excited for what I was to be part of next – I had heard rumours of a man who played a guitar like no other – this was the moment for me to experience it! Guy Buttery took to the stage and not a sound could be heard coming from the crowd, as everyone waited with bated breath for the magical sound that was soon to be meeting our ears.

Guy delivered a breathless performance of sheer beauty and magnitude. There is something about musical genius that cannot be put into mere words and this is certainly the case for Guy’s brilliance.

I will adopt the name ‘butter fingers’ for this man, as it is befitting him. His playing was like melting butter on a hot piece of toast – I could see and taste and it was good.

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Andre de Villiers Andre de Villiers is an artist that is well known for his songs ‘Passing Through’ and ‘You And Me’ – watch here:

Andre is a deeply spiritual person and this comes across very strongly in his music. Schools have been touched by his visits – he shares his music far and wide, even in prisons. Andre is a man on a mission to bring change in this world and through his music he portrays the message.

During Andre’s recording career which saw four albums and thousands of gigs, he has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians in the States as well as in Europe. For the past six years, Andre has been travelling the world sharing the story of his life in word and song.

To find out more follow him on Facebook:

Jesse CleggJesse Clegg is a name to be reckoned with. Not only is he the son of the legendary Johnny Clegg, but an accomplished musician in his own right. Jesse spent the first six years of his life touring with his dad and this explains a lot. To quote media: – ‘After the widespread acclaim of his first album, Jesse’s music caught the attention of 3-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo). Jesse subsequently moved to Toronto for 4 months to work with Bottrill who produced his 2nd album. Another notable contributor was Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig who mastered the album in New York.

Jesse’s debut album in 2008, When I Wake Up, and Life On Mars in 2011 have both made the 25-year-old a platinum-selling success in South Africa. He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards in his career. Jesse continues to make waves not only here in South Africa, but across the world. It was a first for me and I was suitably impressed.


RichardHe was joined on stage by his guitarist Richard Onraet, who may I add, has a superb gift on guitar.

Together they rocked the stage so to speak. Their act was highly entertaining and moving from beginning to end.

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Ard MatthewsThe two artists to end off the evening needed no introduction. Ard Matthews of Just Jinger fame and Ross Learmonth from Prime Circle are two of the most talented musicians to walk the earth. Ard and Ross both have voices that are unique in nature and together they formed a formidable duo. Looking around from my spot on the grass, I could see the admiration and awe on people’s faces.

Ross LearmonthLike a wave that is formed deep out at sea and rides in to shore, so Ard and Ross, took us along for the ride and what a ride – the music engulfed us all.

Big thanks to Gavin Minter who never ceases to amaze me with his organizational skills. Gavin himself is a brilliant musician. Check out his latest video:

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Check out the interview with Gavin on News 24 – this will motivate you to get to future Folk Festivals

Follow the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Musical Festival page on Facebook to keep up to date with events:

Music has changed my life and I love being part of a bigger picture.

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Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Festival at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cascade Manor cascades5This year, the day of ‘love’ which is known as Valentine’s Day, fell on a Saturday and I for one, was filled with joy at the thought, as I had heard that Watershed was playing a valentine’s gig at Cascade Manor in the picturesque town of Paarl –home to some of the finest Winelands in our country.

Let me paint the picture, of what lay ahead for the night, so to speak.

A night’s accommodation which included a four course dinner by Frank Marks (renowned Chef), with wine pairing and VIP golden circle tickets to watch Watershed!! To say I was a tad excited, would be an understatement.

Frank Marks – Frank went to cooking school at- wait for it……… ‘Sillwood’  and there after worked at ‘La Colombe’ for 2 years. Frank then went on to work at The Test Kitchen. He went to London to work for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck and at ‘Dinner By Heston’ and eventually returned to South Africa to work for the Pot Luck Club and at The Test Kitchen. Frank has now opened his own restaurant, namely Borage.

Close friends had decided to join us for the evening and what better way to break bread and enjoy a romantic evening.

cascades12 IMG_6317Driving up to the Manor conjured up images in my mind of a magical fairyland with a cascading waterfall. The majestic Klein Drakenstein Mountains lights up the sky as  the backdrop to the Manor. Upon arrival, I could see that the magical idea was to become a reality. Cascade Manor did not disappoint in any way.

bedroomAfter booking into one of the fifteen beautifully decorated rooms which the Manor offers, we entered the dining terrace that overlooks a valley of trees and hills, sprawling lawn and pool area in front of us. T the right side of the premises a sandy pathway lined with olive trees leads you up to the captivating waterfall – I’m guessing the name ‘cascade’ was inspired by this beauty. A sense of peace surrounded my soul, as I filled my eyes with every inch of glory that is nature itself.

We ordered a tasty lunch off the lunch menu, which is very reasonably priced and beautifully presented. After lunch we enjoyed a quick nap before getting ready for the night of all nights. I was awoken to the sounds of music playing.

band1revisedPeeping out from behind the curtain, I noticed an opening band ‘wooing’ the audience with their sound, so to speak. Upon doing a little research, I established the band fly under the banner ‘Triveno Smith Music’ – they played covers to perfection.

band5 band6band2Their genre includes : Genre: Indie Pop/Rock, Blues.

I would be keen to learn more of them.  Check them out on Facebook: or take a listen here:


cascades1 IMG_6332 cascades10As we entered the terrace the tables had been beautifully laid out with glassware and crisp white linen – fine dining was the order of the night. The setting was as perfect as could be expected for an unforgettable evening. As I glanced out over the valley I saw the lawn spread out like a thick carpet and couples had already booked their picnic spot for the evening. Bales of hay were scattered around and the delightful sound of children’s giggles could be heard all around us. The children were having a great time on the jungle gym and those on the trampoline were jumping up and down to the beat of the music.

We were then approached by our waiter, who may I add was ‘oh so charming’. He gave us a sneak overview of what we were to expect from our dinner and wine pairing. My mouth literally watered at the thought of it all.


The dinner was truly as scrumptious and delicious as the photos reveal.

cascades8 cascades9To find out more about this utterly fabulous 4 star Manor – which also boasts a full Spa, check out their website –


cascades14 cascades15watershed2After dessert and the opening act, I spotted the boys from Watershed as they took to the stage. An intense feeling of exhilaration filled me, as this was the moment I was waiting for. It was to be my third time watching the band and I knew that the audience was in for an experience that would live in their hearts and minds long after the night had ended.

Watershed’s music captivates your mind and soul and you walk away with a sense of bewilderment at the pure mystery of it all. Timeless, classic and elegant are three words that are synonymous with Watershed.

watershed14Craig Hind’s voice charms, beguiles and touches all the senses. The culmination of the surroundings, the tasty feast and now this just completed the picture of the fairytale evening.

watershed40 watershed17watershed6Each band member is an accomplished musician in their own right.

watershed3A lovely lady joined the band for the evening and played the violin for all it’s worth.

Near the end of the evening, Craig thanked everyone for coming through and the band left the stage – disappointment filled me, but a couple of minutes there after they returned with smiles filling their faces and proceeded to play a few more of their incredible songs – the crowd lapped them up from beginning to end. I could share pages and pages of all their achievements to date; the list goes on and on. Watershed continues to take the country and world by storm.

watershed60watershed55Like a beautiful pearl, their music continues to shine and bring untold beauty to many hearts.

To read previous blogs I have written about the band, find them here:

To find out more about Watershed or find them in your area, check them out on Facebook:-

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Craig Hinds (Vocals, Piano, Acoustic guitar);

Howie Combrink (Drums)

James Sunney (Bass)

Gideon Botes (Electric and Acoustic Guitar)

The setting was perfect and an unforgettable night was had by all. Friendship, music, good food, relaxation and last, but certainly not least, love, was what this day encapsulated in every sense of the word.

Cascade Manor managed to bring it all together – ambience and a truly ‘soulful’ evening. Big thanks!


Watershed at Cascade Manor for Valentine’s Day

JUST JINJERJust Jinjer is a name that is synonymous with South African people, but it doesn’t just end there. The band has shared a stage with many international bands – The Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Ludacris, just to mention a few. Just Jinjer have also performed support duties, and shared the bill with many international stars such as U2, Counting Crows, Def Leppard, INXS, Maroon 5, One Republic, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Strokes, and many more. Just Jinjer is a band that does us proud throughout South Africa and the world. Their success as a band just continues to grow and grow.




























The band comprises of –

Ard Matthews 
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Brent Harris
Drums, Vocals

Denholm Harding
Bass, Vocals

I will never forget the day I heard their song ‘What he Means’ playing on the radio for the first time. Instant goose bumps ran over me, as this song was so apt for our nation. It still gives me goose bumps when I hear it. A song, that I am sure was written with much conviction and compassion – a song that speaks to the heart of every man kind.

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At the incredible announcement that the band was heading to Café Roux, I did a little jig for joy. The mere fact that South Africa’s biggest rock band in history was heading to our little tip of the world was music to my ears. I eagerly paid and booked tickets, not wanting to miss out on my very first show featuring the one and only, Just Jinjer.

People enjoying the musicIt was a day that was sunny and bright, not a hint of a South-Easter around– almost as if the day was chosen just for this momentous occasion. Families gathered on their blankets and children played games and raced up and down the luscious green lawn. Café Roux is such a picturesque venue with the beauty of the mountain in the background and trees surrounding the premises. The tables were filled to capacity and I could sense that the people occupying the tables had planned to be there purely for this – a special moment in time.

Yum yum burgersJust Jinjer took to the stage as our burgers were placed in front of us by the ever so friendly staff. People around me eagerly started clapping and cheering. From young to old, Café Roux was packed out like never before. A picture that will always be recorded in my mind – a community coming together to live life and share in life’s finer moments.

From beginning to end, the boys gave it their all. Ard Matthews has a voice like no one I have ever had the privilege to meet.

The sheer power and strength resonates deep within one’s soul long after the show has ended. The band sang and played with all of their heart.

crowd6Ard entertained us by walking on tables to get to the crowds, bending down and engaging the people with his charismatic personality. Squeals of delight filled the air, as he handed out bottles of wine to the crowd. At one stage, I saw Ard bend down to sing to a little toddler, who was banging his drinking cup with a spoon in tune to the music. This is the nature of Ard. The man is a born entertainer of people – young and old from all walks of life. There is no denying, that there is a strong affinity between the band members and this is no small wonder considering their years of shared music and shows in towns far and wide across our country.

Last year I attended the Cape Town Folk and Acoustic Festival where he teamed up with Vusi Masikela – the audience were enthralled by the power of his voice and stage personality. An unforgettable night was had. Read about it here:


crowd2The day sadly came to an end and I felt truly blessed to have been part of it.

If you would like to find out more about Just Jinjer or Ard Matthews, here are the links:



Just Jinjer hits Cafe Roux