Just like we love supporting upcoming and seasoned local talent on the design front, we love supporting fresh new and well-experienced musicians at KAMERS shows. Partnering once again with kykNET, we are excited to have a stellar live music line-up at KAMERS Joburg on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April. Here’s who you can expect to hear when you visit KAMERS over the weekend:
Roan Van As – Saturday 23 April, 11:30
Roan is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter / performer from Pretoria with a modern country-blues / folk sound. He started playing guitar in 2001 and in the next few years, he spent a lot of time honing his guitar and vocal skills. In 2006, he took his strings and vocal chords to the stage, where he started opening for other bands as he grew his own sound and presence.
Since then, Roan has shared the stage with the likes of Dan Patlanksy, Matthew Mole, Jan Blohm, Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Arno Carstens, Vusi Mahlasela, Glaskas, Klopjag, Bacchus Nel, Andre Swiegers, Robin Auld, Albert Frost and more.
In February 2015, Roan released his debut album, “The Traveler,” at The Atterbury Theatre to a full house and have sold nearly 1000 albums independently.
He has also performed at festivals such as Innibos and Fijnwyn Festival and will be performing at STRAB Mozambique in May 2016.
Roan is steadfast on his way to a successful career, playing shows all around the country, with his powerful, yet soothing crunch-style vocals accompanied by his honest and meaningful songs and heartfelt performances.
Hoot ‘n Anny – Saturday 23 April, 12:30
Hoot ‘n Anny’s music is an experience. They take you on a journey with their music, they make you dance, laugh and even cry. The uniqueness of Hoot ‘n Anny stems from the collaboration between husband and wife, Franco and Alouise’s harmonies together with the right-on-the-note guitar work.
In 2005, walking in circles at a festival for days and singing along to one song ‘Honey it must be love’ – Stacey Earl & Mark Stuart, the flame was lit and the couple started expanding their music knowledge. The couple soon got engaged and married in 2007, then the name Hoot ‘n Anny came along, referring to a gathering of friends or party in old Americana.
Hoot ‘n Anny started singing cameos with artists like Karen Zoid, Arno Carstens, Black Cat Bones just to name a few and playing venues like Radium Beer Hall, Die Blou Hond, Aandklas, P.O.P Art Theatre, Bioscope, Living Room, Cafe Barcelona, Arcade Empire, Randlords, Mercury, Botrivier Hotel, Observatory, Blue Moon, Kloof Hotel, also just to name a few. Then the events started rolling in, performing at fests such as Oppikoppi, Strab Festival (Mozambique), FORR (Mozambique), Woodcrock, Park Acoustics, Otterlake Easter Festival and on the worldwide internet phenomena Balcony TV.
Hoot ‘n Anny was mostly inspired by friends and colleagues in the South African music industry. Bands and musicians like The Black Cat Bones, Karen Zoid, Arno Carstens, Mr. Cat and The Jackal, Scicoustic, Perdo Barbosa, Valiant Swart, Jan Blohm, etc. Internationally their inspiration came from Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, Alison Krause, Robert Plant, Eddie Vedder, Brandy Carlyle, Emy -Lou Harris, Mark Knopfler, etc. They then came up with their own style of entertaining their audience – with unique female vocals resembling Dolly Parton, the huskiness of Johnny Cash on male vocals and the flat picking style of Chet Atkins on guitar.
Franco Jamneck has been in the music industry for more than 20 years, as sound engineer and musician. He started doing sound at age 16. As sound engineer he has worked with artist like Karen Zoid, Arno Carstens, Vusi Mahlasela, Chris Chameleon, Fokofpolisiekar, AKing, Jan Blohm, The Black Cat Bones, to name but a few (a full list can be supplied.) As a musician Franco has performed with some of the best, like Ollie Viljoen and Valiant Swart, Karen Zoid, Piet Botha, The Black Cat Bones, Jan Blohm, Bok van Blerk, etc. Franco was also a member of Soil7t7, BoneKey and is still part of The Fake Leather Blues band.
Alouise Jamneck’s vocal talent was discovered in 2005 and Franco encouraged her to start singing. Having studied at The Open Window School of Design, she never thought she would perform in front of an audience. From a shy girl she is now performing 3 to 4 times a week, growing in experience, ability and self-confidence. Hoot ‘n Anny is a project that started 5 years ago, with 20 years of experience behind them.
Janie Bay – Saturday 23 April, 13:30
Hailing from the beautiful Helderberg area in Cape Town, Janie Bay started out her career with her solo effort, “I Remember” securing three No. 1 hits on local mainstream and student radio stations. After the album launch in April 2011, Janie and her brother (The Beard) started playing her then current songs in an acoustic / unplugged setting. This was a totally organic progression as they wanted to carry on writing and playing without the financial pressures of session musicians joining in. This progression lead to their recent live project, “Janie & The Beard.”
Since 2012 they’ve had many successful tours, played more than 100 shows a year, touring every province in the country and have been invited abroad regularly. They have appeared on 5FM, Two Oceans Radio Vibe, SABC 3 and RSG. Some performances under their belt include Oppikoppi, White Mountain Festival, STRAB, Up The Creek, KKNK and Park Acoustics with back-to-back tours and corporate events all over.
Having performed with local acts like Jack Parow, Matthew Mole, Die Heuwels Fantasies, aKing, Francois Van Coke and Valiant Swart to name a few, she is steadfast on a journey to share her music with friends already made and with those along the way. Some recent collaborations include SA’s top selling hip-hop artist Jack Parow on the chart topping song ‘Veilig’ and a feature on one of Bouwer Bosch’s singles, “Hardloop”.
With the promise of a great career, Janie is more surely than slowly finding her calling in the folk-pop environment while charming audiences with a captivating voice and heartfelt performances.
Emile Swiegers – Sunday 24 April, 11:30
Being an acclaimed instrumentalist in multiple genres, Emile has worked and performed with numerous artists and bands. Some of them include, Bark, Die Tuindwergies, Revolusie, Janie Bay, Gerald Clark, Van Coke Kartel, André Swiegers, Peter Hoven, etc. However, having a passion for song-writing and instrumental expression, a solo career was imminent.
What can you expect of a performance? Musical guitar and voice arrangements of some the songs that we all know and love. A door to a not-so-frequently-exploited musical universe. Original music that would have you wondering where Emile has been all the while.
Adelle Nqeto – Sunday 24 April, 12:30
A singer/songwriter from Pretoria, Adelle Nqeto forms one half of the duo Flint, meet Spark. With the duo she has been seen playing at Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies as well as Splashy Fen. In 2013, Adelle crossed paths with Jeremy Loops, who featured her on his album “Trading Change,” which was released in 2014. In 2015, she decided to take a leap and start a solo project. A storyteller at heart, Adelle uses melodies as her medium to tell honest stories.
Laurie Levine – Sunday 24 April, 13:30
Since surfacing with her remarkable debut, Unspoken, back in 2007, Laurie Levine has meticulously crafted a career that has turned her into a singer-songwriter of real substance, part of which has been regular appearances on the KAMERS kykNET stages at various shows.
Over four records and countless live performances, the South African-based artist has taken her original material to a growing fan base, earning multiple accolades along the way. Among these was a best producer award (for producer Dan Roberts) for her critically acclaimed album, Six Winters at the annual South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) and two Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The UK release of Six Winters led to two successful UK tours in 2012 and 2014 and rave reviews internationally (No Depression gave it 10/10 and Uncut gave it 8/10).
Border Crossing, the fourth record from Laurie, is a revelation of what can happen when comfort zones are jettisoned, old habits sent packing and boundaries trampled on.
Don’t miss the KAMERS favourite back at the show.