Jimmy Nevis

TIME: 15:00 ___ 18:00

De Waal Park

He was born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, alongside his sister and went to Primary and High school in Pinelands. Jimmy says “at Primary school I was shy and overweight and when I went to High school, it was the same and I was very quiet. But then one day I decided to audition for the cabaret group. At Pinelands High School it’s a very prestigious group to belong to with all the school’s best singers. They used to have a five-night concert once a year and every night was always sold out.

Nobody knew I could sing, even though I’d missed school for a week to take part in the South African champs, anyway I was asked to sing my audition song at assembly and after that my life changed. I also had this girl I liked, so I took a decision to lose weight and within three months I was slim and trim and my life changed again.

My first career choice was architecture. I could draw very well and it seemed like that was what I was going to do. However later I decided I wanted to study music but I didn’t get into the course that I wanted to at UCT so then I went into journalism and did a bachelor degree in Social Sciences there. In my second Varsity year I realised that if I didn’t do something with music I was never really going to be fulfilled. That’s when I drove around with my demo of Elephant Shoes and punted it to all the radio stations and things just took off from there”.

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SUPPORTING ARTISTS

THE ROCKETS

THE ROCKETS, multiple SAMA nominees, are one of the most successful pop groups to ever come out of South Africa.

They have just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sell out show at the 5000 seater, Grand West Arena in Cape Town.

The Rockets have supported many international acts in South Africa. These include Usher, Ronan Keating, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, Eddy Grant, Luther Vandross, The Spice Girls, Billy Ocean and many others.

Over the last 20 years THE ROCKETS have done more than 30 international trips which have included numerous performance in Australia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Seychelles, Morocco and various other countries in the Middle East as well as other parts of Africa.

THE ROCKETS have had a long and successful recording career releasing many singles, maxi-singles, albums, CD’s and DVD’s that together, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Their music has featured prominently on most of the Radio Station charts in Southern Africa and many have held the no.1 spot.

THE ROCKETS are more than just a group; they’re a musical institution!

SAUDIK KAHN

Saudiq Khan is a proudly South African and internationally respected Concert Flamenco Guitarist – a product of District Six of the 60’s in Cape Town where he was exposed to the colourful Cape Culture. He was inspired by the passionate sounds of the Flamenco guitar and once in his teens was determined to learn the music he loved. He had to leave school when he was 15 to help support his family who were forcibly evicted from District Six .His first job was as a mailroom delivery boy in a printing business and being a car fanatic with a skill for fixing cars, Saudiq approached a local Flamenco Guitarist, and bartered working on his cars in return for lessons – it wasn’t an easy time for the young teenager but Saudiq’s passion to learn to play flamenco overcame the odds hugely stacked against him.

In 1989 Saudiq travelled to Spain where for a year he experienced the Spanish culture in the heart of the Flamenco world of Seville studying under various Flamenco Aficionados.

His Gipsy King Concert at the Baxter Concert Hall was a sell out as was his performance at the 2014 International Jazz Festival    Saudiq is presently one of the elite Solo Concert Flamenco Guitarists in South Africa that collaborates with other guitar genres and performs with top players such as Jimmy Dludlu, James Grace, Antonio Forcione to name but a few keeping this very unique Flamenco  ART- form  active for the next generation to come.

Saudiq was accepted in 2014 to spend 45 days with one of the greatest flamenco guitarist of all time Rafael Riqeuni in the Spanish Mountains of Cortegana and subsequently was nominated as the Flamenco Guitar Ambassador for Jose Ramirez, the Guitar Luthiers in Spain, Madrid for Africa and the Middle East.  Saudiq is currently busy with his 3rd album.

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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