It’s springtime in the Winelands and there’s music in the air! With KAMERS/Makers Stellenbosch around the corner, we are so excited to reveal the fantastic live music we have lined up. Featuring familiar favourites and some new kids on the block, the kykNET Soundstage promises to be a fresh breath of inspiration. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Saturday, 4 November
11:00 – Page Mac
Paige Mac has been described as “an undeniably talented musician”, “a musical phenomenon waiting to happen”. “Emotively submissive”, “fun” and “raw talent” are just three of the many ingredients that make Paige Mac the quintessential collective the world is fast embracing each time lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Paige Mac Mahon strikes a chord.
Throughout her career in the fertile music scene of Cape Town, Paige has been winning the hearts and minds of music lovers of all forms. Her resonant voice has been described as “reminiscent of Adele” and her alternative style of writing has been warmly embraced, gaining for itself a firm and dedicated following.
12:30 – Kitchen Jammin’ Blues Band
The Kitchen Jammin’ Blues Band has been around since the 1990’s. Their music is a combination of acoustic jazzy blues and rock ballads. The band consists of Rick Stander (guitar and vocals), Schalk Joubert (bass), Vernon Swart (cajon) and Simon van der Linden (sax, harmonica and backing vocals).
15:00 – Tribal Echo
The local outfit, Tribal Echo, with their uique brand of music they call “KlipKopRock” (Stone-Head Rock), pride themselves in their ability to put authentically South African stories into song.
The band has performed at most of the country’s most popular music festivals, and has crossed the waters to the Netherlands, where they have wowed audiences with their captivating Afrikaans. Two albums have been released under the Tribal Echo banner: Grafte oppi Vlakte (Graves on the Plain) and Onner Afrika Son (Under African Sun).
Tribal Echo’s music is laced with African sounds from its Riel Rhythms to its Ghoema textures.
Sunday, 5 November
09:30 – Mischa
Mischa is a Capetonian songstress who combines a warm, developed vocal style with intricate contemporary guitar to create what is best described as ‘Dream Folk’. She performs solo as well as with other instrumentalists at various venues, weddings and functions in and around the Western Cape.
You might also recognise Mischa’s voice from the KAMERS/Makers Summer 2015 kykNET ad.
11:30 – Nick Turner
Accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist, Nick Turner is a founding member of iconic SA band, Sons of Trout from the late 90’s. His music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from Rock to Reggae, Afro-pop to Ghoema and Hip-Hop to Jazz. He has become a regular highlight on the stages of SA’s major music festivals, including Oppikoppi, the CT International Jazz Festival, Rockin’ The Daisies and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. Nick’s music has a wide appeal, with performances that feature virtuosic musicianship. For his performance at KAMERS/Makers this year, he’ll be accompanied by percussionist extraordinaire James van Minnen (Ottoman Slap and Mean Black Mamba).
13:00 – Blues Broers
Since the launch of their latest album “Into the Red” in 2014 the Blues Broers have performed at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, appeared on major TV networks, produced a sold-out show at Pretoria’s Atterbury Theatre and featured on the Durban International Blues Festival and the Table Mountain Blues Summit.
Twenty-five years ago the musical landscape was very different. The Blues Broers started out playing in Cape Town’s seedier clubs and bars. Venues like The Fringe and the appropriately named Smokehouse (some nights you could barely see the stage through the blue haze of cigarette smoke) are long gone, but the band expanded its audience by driving long hours to towns further afield. It was around this time that they added their “Skiffle set” to the show. Skiffle is music played on homemade instruments, such as a tea-chest bass or tin washboard and it’s still an important part of the band’s performance.
Coastal tours, album releases and rock festivals followed, but in 1999 the band lost drummer, manager and Albert Frost’s father, Frank, to cancer. It was a blow they struggled to recover from and eventually the Blues Broers announced that they were calling it a day. In 2006 they held a final show at the Hidden Cellar in Stellenbosch.
The band was brought back together by popular demand for a reunion gig in 2009 and they soon started writing songs that would feature on their 2011 CD release “Out of the Blue”.
Basson Laubscher, well known for his guitar work with the Valiant Swart Band, Zinkplaat and many other local acts, joined the Blues Broers in 2016 after Albert Frost, long time guitarist, left the band at the end of 2015 to pursue his solo career.
Don’t miss these fine local musicians at KAMERS/Makers Stellenbosch at Anura Vineyards on 4 and 5 November.
Photos: Jason van der Merwe, Supplied, Charlie Sperring.