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Friday, January 4, 2013

Toya Delazy to perform at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts

Old Mutual has chosen to highlight some of the incredible eclectic musical talent that this country has produced.  Four of the concerts are devoted to these exciting performers. They are; Toya Delazy with Lindiwe Suttle (January 27), Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (February 17), Ringo Madlingozi (March 17) and MiCasa with Natasha Meister (March 31).  Make sure you enjoy this showcase of up and coming and seasoned musicians with their unique South African sound.

Toya Delazy and Lindiwe Suttle will be the hot young artists on January 27.  Toya Delazy has made a real impact on South African Top 40 Radio and this trained jazz pianist is influenced by many genres: from Hip Hop and Electro to Alternative and Pop.  Opening the afternoon will be Lindiwe Suttle, fresh off the SA music festival stages where she launched her debut album Kamikaze Art, with her music described as organic electronic soul.


Needing no introduction and always attracting a full house Freshlyground grabs the stage on February 3.  Celebrating 10 years in the South African music industry this household name has fans across all ages.  Sing along to their newly released album Take Me To The Dance and groove to their smash hits including: Doo Be Doo, and 2010’s world-wide hit with Shakira, Waka Waka.

If you love folk music then 10 February is a date to diarise.  The third installment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival is live on stage at Kirstenbosch.  Featuring an incredible line-up of South African folk and acoustic artists – the finest musical storytelling will be heard from the personal journeys of Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery and Nibs Van Der Spuy, Andrew James and Steady Tiger, Digby and The Lullaby, Robin Auld and Wendy Oldfield and Tombstone Pete.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is one of South Africa’s proudest musical treasures and this concert honours him and his special guests on February 17.  A man who loves his country as much as he does performing and with a career spanning almost 50 years this Soweto born-and-raised multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and philanthropist is an international performer.  An iconic afternoon at the Garden will be enjoyed by fans across every generation.

For classical music lovers no summer sunset concert series would be complete without The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra so make a date for February 24 when the final concert of the Cape Town International Music Festival takes place at Kirstenbosch.  Conducted by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal guest conductor maestro Martin Panteleev this concert will feature internationally acclaimed French violinist Philippe Graffin.  The haunting strains of Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto, Rossini ‘s William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Overture Fantasy Romeo and Juliette will simply delight the audience.

Ever popular electronic duo Goldfish return to South Africa after an Ibiza summer residence to play their hearts out on March 3.  Goldfish will be performing only a select amount of exclusive gigs in South Africa this summer so don’t miss their Kirstenbosch performance.

Looking for something completely different?   Then March 10 has to be in your diary as Jeremy Loops will offer a new experience as this modern day one-man folk band shows how technology creates a finely woven tapestry of sounds.  Using his guitar, ukelele, harmonica and beatbox skills his technique and clever manipulation creates music that leaves a crowd quite literally awe-struck.  Not to be missed!  Young Capetonian band Holiday Murray will open the afternoon.  Consisting of four musicians with wide ranging influences and diverse musical backgrounds listen out for a refreshing and unique sound.

Ringo Madlingozi on March 17 sings about healing, love, patience, kindness and forgiveness. Named after the Beatles drummer – his talent on drums is exceptional – he is also a vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger with a string of awards.  He has worked with renowned local and international stars, from Mandoza to UB40 and is fast making a name for himself.

Shadowclub performs on the March 24 with their rootsy, bluesy rock inspired by classic rock acts.  This popular trio performs with passion and whose short, fast, banging tracks are easy for a crowd to connect with.  Gangs of Ballet will be opening this concert with a sound that is captivatingly fresh.  Experimenting with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance genres they bring a new sound to the stage.

The penultimate concert on March 31 sees Mi Casa & Natasha Meister giving their best.   If you have not encountered Mi Casa previously this threesome is South Africa’s newest soulful house collective.  The three members, Dr Duda (producer and club DJ), J-Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) blend their musical talent to create warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul.  Rich and authentic the band has already won three SAMA awards since being founded in 2010.

Natasha Meister has become our very own Blues Queen in the three years since returning from Canada and has made a huge impact on in the blues/funk niche.  Her captivating  Motown voice coupled with her talent for song-writing, electric and acoustic guitar playing is a joy to listen to.
Drawing huge crowds, what better way to end the summer series on April 7 than with world music icon Johnny Clegg as he brings the “scatterlings” of Africa together.  A dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight this energetic, passionate human being has become one of South Africa’s greatest musical exports and an untiring cultural ambassador for the new South Africa.

Plan ahead to pack a picnic; spread your blanket, gather your friends and spend Sunday afternoon under the African sky surrounded by unsurpassed beauty and appreciating the best in hot music.
The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00.  Gates open at 16h00.  For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music.  Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za

Issued by Old Mutual  
 
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