Bam Bam Brown & Dave Knowles

May 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux cape town

bam bam and dave knowles



It would appear you may be receiving a visit from one Bam Bam Brown!? Cue the music, hit the lights, put on your Sunday best!” Brown has spent the last handful of years honing his craft as both producer and singer-songwriter and has been both at the forefront and foundational end of the exciting Cape Town music scene. While making his first big statements as frontman to local rock scene trailblazers Saintfearless (2009-2012) and Feverstone (2013-2015), Bam Bam also found time for annual solo tours where he found himself strumming, looping, singing and modulating not only soundscapes and song ideas, but his own vast, musical story – bit by bit.

2016 Saw the premiere year of Bam. His first video single “Bite My Lip” was released via Bob Loves Dylan and reached 10’000 views in less than a year, topping the likes of The Lumineers’ Stelth Ulvang, local giants Majozi and long time musical companions, Stoker.

Bam toured his first live band works nationally, even getting invited to play with revered Afro Jazz acts The Brother Moves On in the Maboneng Precinct in JHB and Park Acoustics in PTA. After a final hurrah opening for the Springbok Nude Girls national DVD tour, Brown headed to India where he covered 6000km’s and spent 2 months branching out into his solo arrangements. Upon his return he began work on an upcoming EP, to be released before a mid year stint in the cultural cauldron of Berlin. 2017 is going to be big for dear Bam Bam Brown, we hope you can get it on the action!

Dave Knowles is an unfailingly powerful and intimate performer with an innovative style and eloquence of substance. With a prolific appetite for creation, Knowles’ music blurs elements of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Radiohead and PJ Harvey in an expression truly his own. Besides his singer-songwriter performance, Dave has developed a progressive and experimental live-looping performance which include elements of improvisation which adapts depending on the audience he is performing for.

Over the decade since departing from his Manchester band, Shinobi, Knowles’ style has been catalyzed by his exposure to percussive guitar and beatboxing, experiments in looping and sharing stages with the breadth of South Africa’s top guitarists. Upon completing his studies in Grahamstown, Knowles began establishing himself as a full-time artist in Cape Town, performing the range of the city’s venues and booking regular tours up the coast.

Since joining our family in May 2016, Dave has performed over 60 shows across the country – proving his capabilities as a nomadic performer-powerhouse. He was featured in Cape Town at the Nu-Breed concert of the Cape Town Acoustic Music Festival where he performed alongside the likes of Matthew Mole, Majozi, Matthew Field (Beatenberg) and the Johnson twins (Al Bairre).

2016 also saw him shine as the musical director for the theatre production “No Fun Ction All Anguage” directed by Jayne Batzofin as well as co-producer for the soundtrack of “The First Week” for the 48 Hour Film Project which was nabbed 1st place in 6 categories including Best Film, Best Original Score and Best Sound Design.

After years of organic growth and exploration, 2017 is proving to be a watershed for Knowles’ career and with new productions, collaborations, videos and recordings on the way, there is much to watch from this emerging artist.