Watershed, who hails from Johannesburg, is a name that is mentioned far and wide in our country. The band regularly tour S.A. as their popularity is widespread. People from town to town flock to venues to see and experience them. Hearts of many have been touched by their music.
When I heard they were touring Cape Town I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I would get to one of their shows. It was difficult deciding on a particular venue, as we have so many beautiful venues in and around Cape Town, however, I decided to experience the Constantia Nek Restaurant, as it would be a first for me.
Close friends- Claude, Michelle, Matt, Rouvanne and Bennie joined us for the evening. I would like to thank them for taking the time out and enjoying it with us- possibly as much as I did.
Surrounded by beautiful trees that seem to touch the sky- the drive through the suburb of Constantia in itself, is a beautiful experience.
Upon arriving at the restaurant (let me paint the picture), I felt like I had been transported back to my childhood, to magical woodland stories where fairies, elves and magical creatures came to life, but in this case the magic I had come for was the music. The venue has a large facility which can comfortably host a large gathering. Constantia Nek Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Cape Town and is steeped in history.
Visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon teas. A quiet conference venue is available for quiet groups . Guests can enjoy drinks around the fireplace, prior to being seated for a banquet dinner, office party, product launch, cocktail function or dinner-dance. Professional staff will ensure a memorable event and address the needs of their visitors. Accommodation is also available. So, all in all, Constantia Nek Restaurant is a versatile venue and can cater for large groups, families and individuals. The food was tasty and service was tops.
To find out more about the restaurant, or keep up to date with news and events, here is their link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Constantia-Nek-Restaurant/150353158333393
Howie Combrink forms an integral part of Watershed and he kicked the evening off with a couple of his own songs. Howie is very much a singer/songwriter in his own right. His music has an acoustic/folk sound and some of his songs have featured on radio stations around the country. His songs are easy on the ear, but there are some foot-tapping funky ones too. Looking around the room I could see the people were enjoying themselves immensely. Howie is a natural on stage and you could see he felt right at home. News has it, that Howie started playing drums at the tender age of 8 – no small wonder he is such a natural when it comes to music. My favourite must be ‘Crazy Minds’ which has a cool reggae beat. Howie is a versatile artist that brings a lot to the table. To find out more about Howie and his news, follow him on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HowieCombrink/timeline
Watch his song ‘Don’t Be Sayin Goodbye’ on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6iPG6kFHjo
Take a listen to some of his tunes here – https://soundcloud.com/howiecombrink
Jono Grayson was second up. It was in fact the second time I was to experience his music. Jono is a 22 year old Musician living in Cape Town. He currently has 3 singles that are featuring on the radio. His newest single is called ‘Alive‘. When thinking of Jono, John Mayer and Michael Buble naturally spring to mind – as his voice brings a subtle jazz sound as well as a pop feel. His tone is young and he can just about do any cover to perfection. Jono charms and woos his audience wherever he goes. This young man works hard for what he wants in life and I can see he is destined for a beautiful music career. Jono recently won the Marshall Music Showcase Sessions competition and will be performing at Electric Vines.
Follow him on Facebook to find out where to find him and all his latest news: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jono-Grayson/118766164844840?sk=timeline
Watch him on You Tube : http://www.youtube.com/user/jonograyson
Now the reason for the evening had arrived and I could see the excitement mounting as Watershed took to the stage. The band consists of – Craig Hinds (Vocals, Piano, Acoustic guitar), Howie Combrink (Drums), James Sunney (Bass) and last but not least, Gideon Botes (Electric and Acoustic Guitar).
Nostalgia washed over me, as memories of listening to their music over the years came flooding back. Their music has a melancholic affect on me -taking me back to a place and time in space. Music has a way of creating experiences, emotions, stories and images in one’s mind and the lyrics stir up feelings – this in itself is a mystery, but this is the beauty of Watershed – their music encapsulates it all. I dragged my eyes away for just a moment to see whether others were as moved as me and I was met with faces that mirrored a deep soul experience that was akin to my own.
The band was birthed in 1998 with a success that just grew with time. Their song Indigo Girl became famous when a German Radio DJ heard it while on holiday in SA and then commenced to play it on radio in Germany. The band toured Europe and they have played at major festivals, concerts and many venues throughout SA. Their list of achievements and accolades are just too many to mention. If you haven’t caught up with them, don’t miss out, there is still time! To find out more follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Watershed/timeline
Their website: http://www.watershed.co.za/
You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27IgsQckTI