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

MR CAT & THE JACKAL

Mr Cat & The Jackal is a unique five piece multi-instrumental group often described as experimental acoustic folk music through exploring blues, tango, pirate, Balkan and Irish themes with a circus of sounds created by foreign and their own handmade instruments. The band formed in 2006, originally devoted to writing musical scores for theatre, including Shakespeare’s ‘THE TEMPEST’.

Gertjie Besselsen, Actor, Writer of scores for Film and TV, Stellenbosch Graduate and multi award winner was one of the founder members of their ‘WAY OUT’ archetypal music genre for which they are also widely acclaimed here and overseas

Their live performance is undoubtedly a complete theatrical experience.

MARK HAZE

Best known as the popular runner-up in SA Idols 2011, Mark Haze is living his lifelong dream of being a successful recording and touring artist. Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran and Queen captured Mark’s attention when he was knee high and he could be found belting out the hits in front of the hi fi, often making the living room his stage for performances to family friends. At the age of seven, Mark was captivated by musical instruments and he spent hours negotiating with his parents to buy him a guitar, which inevitably became his 24-hour hobby. He took a keen interest in blues, and idolized the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King and Muddy Waters. As a teenager, Mark’s father’s LP collection of rock music caught his attention, and this inspired him to start writing his own songs. He studied theory of music, as well as history and beauty of music through the ages. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky helped to show him the other end of the spectrum of what he refers to as “the universal language called music”. These foundations are strongly evident in both his songwriting and vocal and stage performance. Playing one instrument was not enough and in order to try to fulfill his insatiable love of music, Mark learned how to play the drums, had a go at the trumpet and harmonica and even took classical guitar lessons. He performed in a few Jazz bands during school, and also started playing drums in the school orchestra and marching band. Mark soon formed his first professional band, 12th Avenue, which is still operational today. The group recorded 4 albums, producing two chart topping singles on a number of respected radio stations. In 2010, Mark went to the America on a part holiday, part record label hunt. Here he won “The American Idol Experience” – a shortened day-long version of the television show. This experience encouraged him to enter SA Idols competition in 2011,  where he finished in second place and was a firm favourite amongst South African audiences. Mark’s debut album ‘Where Angels Fear To Fly’ was released in June 2012 and has already had two respectable hits. He continues to tour throughout South Africa, along with his band members Bjorn Faree, Gareth Haze and Brian Lee.

JOE EMILIO

Joe was born in Texas, USA and has been moving around all his life, from USA to Egypt to South Africa.

Joe fell in love with Stand-up Comedy at an early age, however it was only when he arrived in South Africa that he started to pursue his dream of becoming a Stand-up Comedian.

Joe is a storyteller comedian, energetic and lively on the stage. His comedy is fresh and original with interesting twists on the American and South African culture. He talks about his experiences in South Africa, as well as finding the funny in every day life. Joe in no way, shape or form mocks the South African culture but rather makes fun of himself experiencing the culture. You’ll find yourself chuckling next time you say “Awe” or “Robots”… Come find out for yourself.

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

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