It’s become much harder to update this blog as regularly as I used to, just because of the sheer amount of varied activities I find myself doing of late. The month of October so far has been a wild roller-coaster ride bouncing between this and that and back again.
Most of these activities have been in regard to setting up and playing as the solo artist Fruit Vendor. And most of these activities have been DIY: from recording and mixing my first track Pencil Pusher Man, designing its logo and artwork (pencil illustrations, inked and then painted with watercolours), designing business cards and generally trying to gig around as much as I can.
The gigs included playing at Kaleidoscope Cafe with Zayn Adam (iconic frontman of afro-jazz band Pacific Express) and the Glenn Robertson Jazz Band, I also played at the Girl Power Show which was part of American spoken word artist Alysia Harris‘ Cape Town leg of her South African tour (it also featured another great singer/songwriter Lilly Million, DJ Eazy and poets Siphokazi Jonas and Kyle Louw). I then played a background music gig at the Piano Bar and on Monday night I played an awesome show at Barley Corn Music Club next to Hatchetman (one of the most amazing folk duos I think I’ve seen ever), American singer-songwriter Brett Newski (also on his SA tour), Jon Shaban (another amazing singer-songwriter) and the sweetest taboo Tracey Norman.
I’ll be doing an interview and playing a song next Wednesday night on DJ Eazy’s hip hop show on Goodhope FM – tune in.
This past weekend I composed, produced, mixed and mastered a hip hop song by NaMa Xam called Kaapstad which features Jerome Rex on hook vocals. The track will be included on a compilation album for Hype Magazine‘s upcoming issue which homages South African hip hop.
Tonight I’ll be playing at the monthly InZync Poetry Session accompanying NaMa and probably also Siphokazi Jonas. The other headliners are Pieter Odendaal and Anele Klose.
Brother & Brother makes it into Die Matie Newspaper
Thank you Leonardo Angelucci for the inclusion:
I’ve started as session bassist for the Afrikaans rock music artist Casper Ace. I spent the last three days recording bass at Sunset Studios (one of the most prolific local recording studios). It was quite a privilege as this was my first time recording in this renowned studio. Add to that, I got to play with probably the tightest drummer I’ve played with to date: Tim Rankin (Karen Zoid, Bed on Bricks, Hot Water, Gerald Clark etc). On guitar and lead vocals was Casper and backing was Maya Spector (another awesome vocalist). The album will be a varied mix of different genres and grooves including rock ‘n roll, punk rock, surf rock, funk, country, bossa nova, ghoema, drum ‘n bass and reggae – literally something for everybody. We also managed to do an in-studio music video yesterday believe it or not.
Tjiff & Tjaff
I’ve also done a few shows with Tjiff & Tjaff recently – the kids theatre show about the two alien brothers and their shenanigans. Except this time around I’ve been doing sound for the show, which is considerably easier since you don’t have to run around on stage in the sweltering mascot suit. Nonetheless, it’s such an awesome show to be a part of. We’ll be in Ceres this weekend.