Since the release of debut album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg, Beatenberg has upended entrenched ideas of what constitutes South African music – and, in the process, has delivered a resolutely international sound that subverts and effortlessly owns mainstream pop.
Now the Cape Town-based three piece of Matthew Field (vocals and guitar), Robin Brink (drums) and Ross Dorkin (bass) is poised for a global breakthrough with a new album set for release in 2018. Currently being recorded in London Beatenberg’s second album will be released through Island Records following the band’s signing to the label earlier this year.
Regarded as one of the world’s most artistically diverse recording homes, Beatenberg is a natural fit for Island’s artist roster. Over the 13-songs on The Hanging
Gardens of Beatenberg, the band revealed its ability to create sublimely crafted pop that’s as rooted in indigenous South African styles as other musical influences (including reggae, jazz and classical).
With such a singular sound, it was no surprise that the band turned up in collaboration with Mumford & Sons on their 2016 Johannesburg
“We came across Beatenberg and immediately, unanimously, liked it,” said Ben Lovett of the decision to work with Field, Dorkin and Brink. “In some ways I guess it felt familiar, the song structure, and the instrumentation and the fact they’re singing in English. But there was also something unique and foreign to it that attracted us to the music.” Marcus Mumford described the band as “serious, serious musicians”. “Robin is one of those drummers who’s just like a wound-up toy, he’s metronomic and he’s got mad chops. Ross is a unique bass player these days too, with his high up fretless vibe, and Matt is genuinely a virtuoso guitarist and a great front-man. Understated and way cooler than anyone else I know. A few of us from our band grew up playing jazz and afrobeat stuff, so we had similar backgrounds in some musical respects, but they just took to an academic level whereas we are schoolboys in comparison.”
Alongside appearing on three of Johannesburg’s five-tracks, the Mumford & Son connection also saw Beatenberg performing with the UK band (and co-collaborators Baaba Maal and The Very Best)
Beatenberg became a showcase for the possibilities of pop music unconstrained by outdated genre boundaries and geography. Songs like “Ithaca”, “The Prince of the Hanging Gardens” and “Scorpionfish” deployed crystalline melodies to guide listeners!
They will be performing LIVE in Noordhoek on the 16th December! What a treat! Get booking folks!
Seferino – https://soundcloud.com/seferino-beatz
Manu – https://soundcloud.com/manu-grace
Two ticket types available:
Grass tickets R100 – to be seated on the grass area of The Farm Village. Bring your own blankets.
No cooler boxes allowed. There will be a mobile burger stand & bar on the grass.
cafe Roux menu also available.
Seated table tickets within cafe Roux, under the bedouin tent – R200. Full menu available.
Kids under the age of 12 enter for free and are expected to “roam free” – they do not get allocated table seats.
Weather – if it rains, those booked on the grass will not have cover.
Those booked at seated tables will be under the big bedouin tent.
Times – arrive from 3:30pm. Music to start at approx. 4:30pm. Finished by 6pm.
****BEATENBERG is an AFTERNOON SHOW. Not an evening show