FRESHLYGROUND

TIME: 15:00 ___ 18:00

De Waal Park

One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, Freshlygroundv blends the infectious kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Formed in Cape Town the band became a national hit with the release of their 2003 debut, Jika Jika, and a year later they found themselves performing for South African President Mbeki and sharing the stage with the legendary Miriam Makeba at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Over the ensuing years, Freshlyground toured the world and recorded six increasingly popular albums, culminating in a collaboration with pop superstar Shakira that was chosen as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They performed the song during the closing ceremony in a televised event that was broadcast to over a billion people. On a visit to South Africa in June 2013 during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of the contributions South Africa has made to the world. They truly represent the fresh new face of African music.

 

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SUPPORTING ARTISTS

THE RUDIMENTALS 

I saw an ad in the Cape Ads which read “Ska band looking for a vocalist”,” says charismatic front-man Tehobo (Teboes) Maidza, , who having performed alongside his Harare home-boys Mbira, musical legend Andy Brown and Afro-jazz man Oliver Mtukudzi, in his youth, thought to himself “I’m up for this” Having charmed and cajoled Duane Heydenreich (drums), Ettienne Harris (guitar) and Barry Clausen (bass) into also believing he was indeed “up for this “ they formed the core of The Rudimentals. Recognizing the need for a powerful horn sound, the band was led to Simon Bates (saxophone), Jody Engelbrecht (trumpet), and Ross McDonald (trombone), all of whom were students at the UCT College of Music at the time.

Then the band was joined by philosopher-keyboard player Dirk Meerkotte  as well as the legendary extraordinary mensch of a man – Doc Mike Levy a renowned Medical Sea Point Practitioner and surfer who has played professionally for more than 30 years with the likes of Louis R and the Jive, Percy Sledge, and Zayne Adams, to name but a few. The latest addition to the band was bassist Errol Strachan, (AKA Bong), a former SA freestyle skateboard champion!. There are 12 or so members of THE RUDIMENTALS, or there was at the last count, plus visiting S A international Artists guesting with this unique ensemble of extraordinary gifted musicians all of whom just love to make music.

SKY SCRAPERS

Skyscrapers is South Africa’s youngest indie-pop band producing all original music.

Singer/songwriter Mila Smith (13), keyboardist Leo Letschert (12) and drummer Dan Buchalter (12) already have a debut EP, “Possibility”, under their belt.

The Cape Town trio met at school and formed the band in 2015. They play an

Infectious pop with soul influences – from the hopeful ballade ‘There’s A Light’ to the Smooth-sounding, harder-hitting ‘Politicians’.

This year the band has wowed thousands of people at Open Streets Bree, played at

Littlegig Festival, appeared on Expresso Morning Live, and opened for the Rudimentals and Freshlyground at a 15,000 people FREE Concerts in the Park Concert in De Waal Park. Their first music video, Just Kids, was released on 14 October.

BRENT PALMER

Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian. He has worked extensively in TV, film and Theatre. His most recent TV credits include roles in ‘Tali’s Wedding Diary’(Showmax), ‘Those who Can’t’(SABC) and ‘Jamilla and Alladin’(CBBC). Brent has also acted in a number of Fugard Theatre productions including award winning ‘A Steady Rain’, alongside Nicholas Pauling, ‘The Father’ alongside Marius Wyers and Louis Viljoen’s play The Kingmakers. In 2012 Brent wrote and acted in ‘Bench’, a Fleur Du Cap nominated script, in which he appeared alongside Adrian Collins. Brent also wrote ‘Witnesses’ which won the Fleur Du Cap for best direction award for Mathew Wilde in 2005

Together with BenchFilms; Brent co-produced, wrote and appeared in the 2015 SAFTA winning short film ‘Picture Perfect Heist’. The team are currently developing a funded feature film of the same name. Brent wrote, directed and acted in a short film called ‘The Agency’ which made the top three at the Schnit film festival

Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more. Brent is a regular feature at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Kurt Schoonraadt, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah. Brent is also currently directing Siv Ngesi’s new stand up show for the Baxter called SIV-ILIZED

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills

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