The name Jack Mantis triggers somewhat mysteriously in the memory of most that encounter it. Yet the story behind the name – behind the man – remains largely untold. The last five years has seen the enigmatic front man of the Jack Mantis Band travel the world living out his various passions as musician, graffiti artist, adventurer and ultimately soul searcher.
JMB (originally formed as a trio with Jimmy Curve and Ronan Skillen) quickly established itself as a household name within the Cape Town music scene in the 2000’s. They were the darlings of Café Dharma (Kloof Street) and later Zula Bar and featured at some of the country’s major festival line-ups. This the band accomplished without releasing an album in South Africa, which remains testament to the power that JMB’s live performance had even at the very start of their career. Live performance is the quintessence of music for Mantis, which is expressed in the various incarnations of the band’s stage show over the years – not to mention the collaborations.
With a history steeped in music and a lifetime spent gaining insight and wisdom the world over, Mantis brings something truly generous to his performances – a sense of common humanity and togetherness. The brotherhood between band members and the sincere heart expressed through their music is tangible. It is undeniable that their vision is to create a conscious shift through their music and to hold a space within which meaningful shared experiences can take place. For those lucky enough to share in it, JMB leads those who share in their music on an unforgettable journey . While the band is still based in Europe, his wanderlust has inevitably led Mantis back home to South Africa where he intends to pick up where he once left off many moons ago.
***Please note that dinner is available from 7pm & show starts at 8:30pm