For the first time ever, Piet Botha, the ‘Godfather of South African rock’, will perform at Café Roux in Cape Town on Wednesday 1 November.
The stripped-down show at Café Roux promises to be an intimate, one-of-a-kind performance with honorary Jack Hammer member, Jake Gunn, on guitar.
Piet has been known as a pivotal teacher, mentor and father-figure in the South African rock scene has been on the road to recovery since April, when he fractured vertebrae in his back during a performance in Margate. He fell off the stage and had to undergo an operation to stilt the vertebrae.
One of the country’s top blues/rock musicians, Piet began writing songs and forming bands while still at school and his first professional gig was in 1974. More than 40 years down the line, he plays not only because his fans love to see him, but as John Lee Hooker sang “it’s in him and it’s got to come out”.
He was one of the first artists to be inducted into the SA Rock Hall of Fame in 2002 as a way to commemorate his life-long contribution to the South African music scene. He has won a multitude of awards for his song-writing and in 2006 received a Prestige Award from the FAK for his outstanding contribution to the Afrikaans language.
After discovering rock ‘n roll at a young age, Jake Gunn was inspired to start playing guitar and worked tirelessly to improve his skill. His soulful brand of blues rock, infused with reggae, is well received by audiences all over South Africa. “Springing from the backwaters of Brackenfell with the hair of Robert Plant, the skill of boy Clapton and the voice of a morning-afternight-before Mark Knopfler, Gunn is a revelation.” -Alice Inggs, Rolling Stone South Africa
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM