Just 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 –
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
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.
Listen and watch :
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.
It 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.
Just 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.
Ard 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: https://artandphotgraphy.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/cape-town-folk-n-acoustic-music-festival/
If you would like to find out more about Just Jinjer or Ard Matthews, here are the links: