KAMERS/Makers comes to Pretoria with colours, contours, smells and sounds in its wake. Along with all of the creativity in the form of craft goods and artisan food, the air at Irene will resound with the audible creativity of local music. Here are the artists you can expect to see on the kykNET Stage in Irene next week:
Lunatic Wolf – Saturday 3 December, 12:00
Lunatic Wolf is a contemporary folk-rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. The band was formed in 2012 by Richard Oldfield and Gavin van den Berg who had been writing music together since their high school years. Oldfield and Van den Berg explored various musical directions together, before settling on their current sound which has been likened to groups such as Death Cab for Cutie, Noah Gundersen, Mumford & Sons and Sufjan Stevens.
Lunatic Wolf’s debut release To the Adventure was recorded at High Seas Studios in Johannesburg and was co-produced by Van den Berg and Jacques du Plessis (producer for Wrestlerish, Desmond & the Tutus, Shortstraw). The album captures the duo’s transition to adulthood, exploring themes of growth, childhood nostalgia and the end of life and love.
Frontman Gavin will deliver the songs of Lunatic Wolf in an enchanting stripped down setup at KAMERS/Makers Irene.
Vermaak: Willemien Rust & Adelle Nqeto – Saturday 3 December, 14:00
Willemien Rust (Heyns)
Willemien Rust (formerly Heyns) is a South African singer-songwriter, with a French alter ego “Philomène.” Together with Sanet Stegmann she released her debut album in 2009. The duo is known as aanklank and has made frequent appearances in Pretoria, Johannesburg and in other parts of the country between 2009 and 2012. The album received airtime on local radio stations and all of their music videos can still be seen on kykNET.
In 2013, Willemien launched two solo music projects, Willemien& as well as Philomène&, with a strong focus on collaboration. Willemien& is a project that sees Willemien collaborating with South African musicians and illustrators.
She pursued her French studies up to Masters level in 2014 and teaches French as a foreign language. She designed a programme called Creative Expression for second year students at the University of Pretoria. In class, students listen to French and francophone African music and do short pieces of creative writing. Since the class environment is a creative one, she decided to initiate a musical project with her French students called Philomène&. The project has seen the release of three French songs.
In 2015, Willemien was commissioned to prepare all the French translations for the soundtrack of the South African film, French Toast, which was shot in Paris. She also sang two of the songs on the soundtrack and acted in the film as a French waitress.
Adelle Nqeto is a 25 year old singer-songwriter who has been involved in various musical projects. She has been a part of the duo Flint, meet Spark since 2012. In 2014, the band crossed paths with Jeremy Loops, who then featured Adelle on his album Trading Change on the track Lonesome & Blue.
In 2015, Adelle decided to embark on a solo musical career. Her songs are inspired by observations about life, with hope as the recurring theme.
Shotgun Tori & the Hound – Sunday 4 December, 11:00
Victoria Landey (Shotgun Tori) and Fred Van Der Merwe (The Hound) team up as indie folk duo Shotgun Tori & the Hound to create a sound that is raw, real and authentic.
Shotgun Tori (vocals, guitar) is a storyteller who sings straight from her heart and her feet. She shares tales of heartache and infidelity, of being brave and imperfect, the road and the secrets of being human.
Multi-instrumentalist, the Hound (guitar, banjo, uke) adds shades of light and dark to the music, making it both edgier and a little more fun.
Between them they’ve played most of the festivals in South Africa and are currently recording a new album (crowdfunded) due to be released later this year.
Come to KAMERS/Makers Irene and see a band described by Rolling Stone (SA) as “A little bit of folk; a little bit of country; a whole lot of raspy cut-to-the-heart feeling.”
Refentse – Sunday 4 December, 13:00
Refentse Morake is a young and inspiring artist that eminates passion for his music and life.
Refentse has become known for his superb use of Afrikaans and renditions of well-loved songs like Sonvanger. His music evokes a range of emotions so that there is something for everyone – from the romantically inclined to those who want to break out their dancing shoes.
Refentse’s heart is Afrikaans and it makes for beautiful and authentic local music with nostalgic notes.
Photos: Supplied / artist’s sites