KAMERS/Makers invades Joburg this week, and we’ve invited some of the most exciting local musicians to add their sound. These guys don’t just entertain, they add to the event’s heart and soul.
Saturday 29 April
11:00 – Willemien/Philomène& Jude HarpStar
Willemien Rust is an alternative Afrikaans singer-songwriter who has a French alter ego called Philomène. Both Willemien and Philomène value collaboration, or the act of “&”ing. This is because they believe sharing creative ideas, rather than working alone, results in layered creative output. This Saturday, she has a particularly exciting collaboration in store: Willemien will be “&”ing with SA’s Got Talent Semi Finalist Jude HarpStar.
Jude HarpStar is an internationally trained and award-winning artist who has recently won “Africa iTunes Classical Album of The Year 2015” as soloist of the Piano Solo Album composed by Caroline Leisegang entitled Øyeblikk, signed by Sony Music. She has also won 2 International Awards for “Best Acoustic Song” and “Best Pop/ Adult/Contemporary EP” in The Independent Music Awards with her duo LU FLUR. This is just the beginning. HarpStar’s list of accolades and awards is seemingly endless. Just trust us when we say that she is something special.
13:30 – Willemien/Philomène& James Robb
Also don’t miss the collaboration between Willemien/Philomène and percussionist James Robb. These two play together regularly and should provide some beautiful rhythms.
Sunday 30 April
11:00 – Nkululeko Khumalo Trio
Nkululeko Khumalo is a 23-year-old guitarist, teacher, bandleader, and session guitarist, born in Zondi, Soweto. He has worked with some of the heroes of the industry. The list includes Mccoy Mrubata, Mahotela Queens, Kgothatso Laka, Omega (Spirit of Praise) and Mkhululi Bhebe (Joyous Celebration). A highlight in Nkululeko’s career so far, was having the opportunity to record with High Praise International Assemblies (Swaziland) and Ember.
12:00, 13:30 – McCoy Mrubata Quartet
We look forward to two sets by the incredible McCoy Mrubata Quartet.
Reedman McCoy Mrubata is a Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer. He was born in 1959 in Cape Town’s historic Langa township, and grew up with the sounds of African music: the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home. When schooling became impossible in the fiery aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young McCoy, then playing flute, studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka, Winston Ngozi , the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole.
We can’t wait to experience the sounds these artists create together at KAMERS/Makers in Joburg!