Webersburg is an incredibly beautiful Stellenbosch winelands spot and there is arguably no better way to spend an afternoon here (after shopping the hottest new SA designs of course) than lounging on the lawns with friends, bubbly or beer in hand, looking at the majestic Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains and listening to some of SA’s coolest artists. To set this scene, we are excited to have a fantastic live music line-up on the kykNET stage at KAMERS Stellenbosch, consisting of Medicine Boy, Farryl Purkiss, Gerald Clark & The Dead Men, Mr Cat & The Jackal and Nick Turner band.
Medicine Boy – 12:00, Saturday 31 October
“Majestic tones of guitar cut across vast plains of roaring silence. With multiplied intensity they return from there & shake something vulnerable in my soul. Stark drums measure time for the enchantment of two voices, deeply concentrated, painfully beautiful and eerie. Just like old rituals.” – Alternativemusicblog.org
Medicine Boy is a Dream-Noise duo from Cape Town, South Africa. Drawing influence from the fuzzed out majesty of The Jesus & Mary Chain, the twisted drones of The Velvet Underground & The soothing Psychedelia of Mazzy Star, Andre Leo & Lucy Kruger create a sound where the calm and chaotic dance on the fine line between good and evil.
The pair have recently returned from a European tour where they played successful shows in Spain, France, Holland, Germany & England and are currently working on their debut album set for release mid 2016.
For their show at KAMERS, the band will ditch the fuzz pedals for a set of laid back Psychedelic Freak-Folk.
Farryl Purkiss – 13:00, Saturday 31 October
Farryll Purkiss is an award winning singer songwriter who has been travelling the globe for the past seven years, sharing his music with the world. He has played numerous festivals, including V-Festival, Big Day Out and Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. He has toured with and supported acts such as Crowded House, Ben Howard, Missy Higgins and Violent Femmes, to name a few. He has released three albums and has just returned from South East Asia.
Gerald Clark & The Dead Men – 14:30, Saturday 31 October
Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music. He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues.
Gerald Clark has released three successful albums of which one, Sweepslag, was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA). Clark’s second album, Black Water, gave him international success. The title track’s music video was nominated for an MTV Europe Animation Award. Clark’s third album, Follow the River, was well received by fans and the media. Five songs from this album made it to the airwaves and were played on high-rotation on Smile FM and RSG, amongst others.
Gerald has worked with Valiant Swart, Bok van Blerk, Heinz Winkler, Gian Groen, Luna Paige, Van Coke Kartel, Albert Frost and many more top local talent. He has toured throughout the country and played at all the major festivals and venues, KKNK, Oppikoppi, Up the Creek, Splashy Fen, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Citrusdalfees, The Blues Summit, and more. He took his music to international grounds and toured Namibia and London with Bok van Blerk, and he got a taste of the original blues while performing in Nashville, Jackson, and Memphis, USA. He took his golden voice to Czech Republic and did a 20 show, 20 town, 20 day tour, where he was honoured with sold-out shows and standing ovations, one after the other.
Gerald Clark is more than just a talented musician. In 2014 he produced a show with Fokofpolisiekar, Valiant Swart and Heinz Winkler at the Banyard Theatre in aid of the Fast Forward Fund. The event was featured on Kwêla, in Die Burger and Rapport, and a number of radio stations, reaching millions of consumers. Currently, he is involved with the Ray of Sunshine Home for Abandoned Babies and he helps to collect needed funds, food, and additional baby goods for the home.
Clark has developed dynamic musical ideas and brought it to life in his 4th album – again collaborating with the country’s best musicians. He is confident that the diversity of this new album will be groundbreaking.
Mr Cat & The Jackal – 12:00, Sunday 1 November
Mr Cat & the Jackal is a musical troupe from Cape Town, since 2007. This band of bastards started by composing music for theatre and have taken that approach to their live performance. Some of their instruments they have built themselves and even show you how to do it on the internet. This hard working group of musicians have started a recording studio, released three of their own albums, recorded five others, were nominated for several awards on different stages, made soundtracks and never stops touring (both locally and internationally). In 2015 alone they re-scored and performed a cabaret at Artscape, did an opening and closing ceremony for the government, toured Southern Africa with a Xi-Fi show, recorded a new record for Taleswopper and crawled around the Free State in search of the best animal sounds for an upcoming movie.
But now they will appear at KAMERS to delight and entertain you with ditties of shoes, tangos of paradise and misfortune and Balkan tales from a book we’ve all read. Tighten your shoes, because Mr Cat & the Jackal aims to entertain your socks off.
Nick Turner Band – 13:00, Sunday 1 November
Accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nick Turner, was a founding member of Sons Of Trout in the late 1990s, and later one half of Mikanic, with fellow Trout violinist Mike Rennie.
Nick’s music effortlessly spans genres, with influences ranging from rock, reggae and African to hip-hop, ghoema and jazz. Lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic, his music has a wide appeal, with shows that feature virtuosic musicianship, funky grooves and catchy tunes.
After spending several years in New York, Nick returned home in 2009 to become involved in a number of music projects. He has appeared at various festivals and collaborated with the likes of Zolani Mahola (Freshly Ground), Karen Zoid and Louis Mhlanga, as well as playing solo, in a duo with bassist extraordinaire Schalk Joubert, and in a trio with the addition of another SA music legend Ash Read on drums.
Nick’s love of music extends to his involvement in a development project at Solms Delta wine estate called Music Van De Caab, which focuses on preserving the heritage of the music of the Cape (vastrap, ghoema) through facilitation, song writing workshops and teaching.
Photos: Medicine Boy by Morne van Zyl, others supplied