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!

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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