David Watkyns is a recording artist and songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa.
Performing alongside artists Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics), Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Jimmy Dludlu, and many more; with performances across South Africa, Europe and Asia, including Isle of Wight Festival (UK), St Paul’s Cathedral (UK), Oppikoppi (SA), Rocking the Daisies (SA).
Graduated Bachelors of Music from University of Cape Town in Jazz Studies, and winner of MELA Legends Award for “Contribution by youth to South African Music Industry”. His songwriting debut “Blue” was published worldwide by RedBull Records and won the songwriting competition held by Volvo Ocean Race, becoming the theme music for the 2015 season.
Currently working on solo debut singles/EP.
Influenced by musicians Chet Baker, Elton John, Chris Martin, and songwriters Andrew Wyatt, Gregg Alexander, Stephen Wrabel; David’s music is piano driven with classic instrumentation, big trumpet solos and lyrics of love and lust.
“…with the talents of a trumpeter/keyboardist like young David Watkyns – transforming the blistering hot room into an oasis of music…” (Evan Milton, Cape Argus)
Rob van Vuuren is a comedic phenomenon. He has performed nationally and internationally for twenty years. He has won a slew of awards of over that time including the Comics Choice Breakthrough Act Award as well as over 5 Standard Bank Ovation Awards. He has two Comedy Central Africa specials to his name and can be seen currently on Famous Last Words on the same channel. He is the guy who schucksed Schuster, he is Twakkie and Van Der Merwe and the person behind many other iconic South African television and film characters. He will be at Cafe Roux for one night only to bring you a hilarious hour and a half of his favorite comedy from an illustrious career.
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“Ah, Cafe Roux, how we’ve missed you! Separation anxiety is such a real thing.
We’re so excited to be returning to our favourite stage to perform for our favourite people.
For those of y’all that don’t know us, Androgenius is a 5-piece band from CPT, fusing old school RNB and soul with funk, hip hop and jazz to create a sound we call ‘soul hop’.
This year is falling into place so beautifully, a year of releasing our music into the world, letting go and trusting that our hard work will pay off.
As Cafe Roux deserves, we’ll be performing a special set, a show as opposed to a gig, a deeper look into the music and the musicians, and definitely some new material.
Pull in and set the tone for 2019 with us.”
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Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental brass dance band, based in Cape Town. The primary goal of the Nomadic Orchestra is to get people moving. The band plays an infectious kind of high-energy dance music guaranteed to get feet tapping and limbs flailing. The Nomads, as they’re affectionately referred to, are strongly influenced by traditional music from the countries of South-Eastern Europe: Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. They are also influenced by Klezmer, gypsy and circus music as well as contemporary western party music. Their musical training brings a strong jazz aesthetic to the band, and thus an emphasis on improvisation.
The Nomadic Orchestra have been fortunate enough to have played at some of the biggest festivals SA has to offer. These include, Rocking the Daisies, Oppi Koppi, Flamjangled Tea Party, Up The Creek, Synergy, Earthdance, Resonance, White Mountain, Lavender Fest, Park Acoustics, Capital Craft Beer Festival, Balkanology (Resurrection, Metamorphosis, Greek Mythology, Animal Farm) and Splashy Fen.
“It’s been a weekend, so far, of minor irritations but here, fleetingly yet gorgeously, they dissolve. This is the reason I came here, this is the feeling I’ve been waiting for…..suddenly, it was all about the music again. It was a moment where I laughed with joy, had to re-evaluate my opinion and got to dance.” – Roger Young (Mahala.co.za 2011 review)
“The Nomadic Orchestra kick the night off with a set of infectious Balkan rhythms and brass arrangements. The floor instantly turns into a mass of Pogoing kids, every face painted with a wide grin, every limb jerking in time with the tuba-driven beats. This is what every party should be like – no tedious drinking warm-up, straight into the dancing, without pretense, without concern of looking silly. This band will be huge on the emerging Balkan-dance scene.”
“A certain groove has been established and established in the most polished and professional manner. Nomadic Orchestra deliver what is expected of them – an off-beat, in the grander scheme of the Cape Town music scene, party soundtrack that lures with exoticised Balkan flavour and keeps you in the spinning wheel through the solid adherence to the post-gypsy equation
Take a listen to –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu-v1J3FMr4
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Oddo Bam is a musician from Cape Town, South Africa, with a recurring inclination to confide in thoughtful music and lyrics. Central to his musical career is a delight in the gathering of a community around music – something that is evident in the atmosphere at his performances.
Studying literature in Stellenbosch, he started performing as a solo artist in 2014 and released his first single, “Sweet Ocean”, in January 2015. A few months later he returned to the studio to record his first EP, The Snow Burial, which was released in September 2015 and features four lyrically loaded songs with an intimate living room feel.
His first full length album appeared in 2017, after having raised over R60 000 through a Crowdfunding campaign. The 12-song album was accompanied by music videos for the songs “Honeycomb” and “Winter Tree” – songs which saw the band appear on The Expresso Morning show. Bam describes the album as
“the story of a man who wakes up in the morning and decides to sell all he has. It’s a story full of tracks, autumn leaves, fragrant soil and birds whistling migration songs.”
His latest release, “Dust”, breaks into a new atmosphere, with a kwaito-esque groove that undergirds a rising tension, eventually breaking into a massive, anthemic bridge that marks a shift from the band’s former reluctance to “let it all go”.
2019 promises to be a year with new sounds and meditative angles from the local songwriter, who is working towards an album release towards the end of the year
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Rumswinger is a vigorously charismatic electro swing / nu wave pop outfit dripping with talented individuals who combine in a carnivalesque expression of deep electro beats layered with laser sharp synth textures, poppy licks and a rich & bristling horn section. The diversity of their musical backgrounds merge to create a unique style and character that is unforgettably infectious.
Their unique blend of skills and influences creates a powerful presence and signature sound that is both musically intelligent and charged with their accessible and totally addictive energy.
Rumswinger’s energetic brand of live electro swing has fired up the stages of Rocking the Daisies, Electro Swing Revolution in Berlin, Resonance, J&B Met, Flamjangle Tea Party, Cape Town Music Festival, Five for Change, Gin & Tonic Fest CT, Wacky Wine, Craft Beer Fest and some of South Africas hottest clubs. They’ve also in the last 3 years hit stages abroad like Amsterdam, Berlin, Tokyo-Japan, Philippines, Bali, Vietnam, Thailand, Seychelles and Namibia.
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DAN PATLANSKY is working on a brand new set and format for shows for his upcoming DUO ELECTRIC tour, which promises to an unique and special new offering to fans. DAN was voted the 9th Best Blues Guitarist in the world by Total Guitar & Musicradar in December 2018, and his latest studio offering ‘Perfection Kills’ was voted the #2 Best Blues Rock Album in 2018 by Blues Rock Review USA.
The DUO ELECTRIC tour will feature DAN on electric guitar joined by a keyboard player – the first time ever DAN PATLANSKY will be performing with his electric guitar in intimate settings.
“I have been doing solo acoustic shows between tours for as long as I can remember, and think it is time for a change. This time I am on electric guitar with a keyboard. A good keyboard player can cover a lot of ground, and keys are a massive part of the vision I have for the tour.” says DAN PATLANSKY.
DAN will be choosing songs specifically to fit the format of the show and his repertoire will feature songs from his last three albums, and a few other surprises. Fans can look forward to exciting elements to the show such as the rethinking of song arrangements and reinventing existing ideas.
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FRANK FREEMAN is a name that many South African music lovers have come to know over the last few years. Having toured and worked with South African music royalty such as Arno Carstens, Francois van Coke, aKING, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) and many more as a guitarist, Freeman has a resume that most 25 – year- old musicians would dream of.
As solo artist FREEMAN has been writing and performing his music since 2011 all over the country, at festivals such as Oppikoppi, Aardklop, KKNK, Free State Arts Festival, Splashy Fen, Synergy, The Table Mountain Blues Summit and many more. Hailing from Bloemfontein, FREEMAN started his musical endeavours at the early age of 6, joining the Grey College Boere Orkes. During his 8 year stint in the group they recorded a SATMA (South African Tradional Music Awards) nominated album and toured the Czech Republic as South African representatives for an cultural exchange between the two countries. After this he joined his ﬁrst rock group, Colour Blind for whom he started writing.
The group was nominated for 2 MK Awards for best newcomer and best campus hit for their debut single. In 2011, the year before his move to Cape Town, he did his ﬁrst solo recordings and then performances as FRANK FREEMAN and has since released an online EP entitled ART BROKEN in 2014 and now his ﬁrst work in his home language of Afrikaans with single “Hoor Jy My” currently airing on radio stations around the country. Since Freeman embarked on his professional career he has been commissioned to play in numerous TV and stage productions on Mnet & KykNet as well as many stage productions, backing artists such as Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, Ard Matthews, Valiant Swart, Arno Carstens & Francois van Coke. As a songwriter he is about to release his much anticipated second Afrikaans single “Tot Tyd My Red” with a a lot more new material being released in 2019. From Boere Musiek to Rock ’n’ Roll and everything in between.
FRANK FREEMAN is a young musician with an already decorated resumé. Be sure to keep an eye on what is already an exciting career.
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The Rivertones have been busy gigging around the Western Cape 7 nights a week and we are lucky to have this awesome band join us. They have performed at Cape Fest, Obs Fest, Whale Fest, Bastille Fest, Un-Corked Wine Fest, Billabong Pro World Surfing Competitio
Join us at 74 Shortmarket Street from 6.30pm for dinner, drinks and music!
- Entrance is free
- Drinks specials on the night.
Coming from being one of the 8 females in the top 16 of Idols season 9 , I can say that I have grown since then and so has my music. After being eliminated from the Idols Season 9 show, I somehow got more motivation and inspiration to write more of my own songs. So my music is all about life, my experiences, my lessons and I do believe in always leaving a hopeful tone in my songs. So I think the audience can expect to be amazed as they will leave the place full of hope, smiles and laughter.
Right now, I am currently busy with all the logistics for my second single and along with that a music video will too be released. So that is the next step for me and I am really excited about that and also to perform more LIVE and to share my music with more people. That is ultimately what I am most looking forward to in the future. My music journey hasn’t always been all sunshine and roses, and to me it’s not about fame and people shouting my name, that eventually is a blessing when it comes, but to me it’s all about the people you meet along the way, those you learn from and those you get to impact be it musically/socially and even spiritually. And I love every single bit of this journey and who I am becoming.
Besides writing songs and recording in studio, I too lead worship at a local church here in Paarl. I have a thing for hearts, and my favorite emoji on watssapp would be the BLUE HEART emoji, simply cause those are 2 of my favorite things. Besides singing and writing, I love reading, nature and sometimes just sitting at the beach does wonders to my soul.
My best gig experience was when I got the whole crowd singing along and it was just me with a guitar and that reminded me of how people enjoy it when you are uniquely yourself and how passion can drive a crowd.
My worst gig experience, I wouldn’t say worst I think it’s just funny.. But I sang at an event where there was a moment for all the lights to go off, at that time I was just recovering from bad sinus. The gig happened to be outside the evening and the wind was blowing like crazy. When the time came for me to go on stage, I had a runny nose..I managed to sing and make it sound like I’m not thinking about my nose running.. and luckily the lights were off, otherwise I think people would’ve just been starring at my runny nose hahaa
Take a listen to this –> https://youtu.be/ueMh9Ucr1GQ
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Luna Paige & her band bring you the music from her album. “Borders and Beyond”, showing off every aspect of the local singer & songwriters beautifully textured voice & fine-tuned song writing skills. With sweeping melodies, mixed with quiet uncomplicated moments, “Borders and Beyond” is reminiscent of old style epic movie soundtracks. From moments of inspiration, to cheekiness & sometimes heart wrenching longing, Luna shows off her sultry voice…in the best way possible” (Louisa Steyl, Tygerburger, 05/14). Joining her on stage are SA’s top musicians Schalk Joubert on bass & Kevin Gibson on drums. Luna accompanies herself on piano & acoustic guitar. Have a listen….http://tinyurl.com/o4sv38o
Husband and Wife duo, Lourens and Esté Rabé making songs about Life, Love, Blues and Breakfast. New Album “ANTHELIA” releasing February 2018
Have a listen…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nOGgo8bz4c
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Sannie Fox sways across an evolving sonic tapestry of desert blues, soul and psychedelic rock sounds. The voracious singer and nimble guitarist has released three albums; the first with her band, machineri and another two solo albums entitled Serpente Masjien (SAMA Nominated) and My Soul Got Stranger.
Fox formed the twanging blues-rock 3-piece machineri and released a self-titled album in 2010 featuring the songs “Big Bad Machine” & “The Searchers” with all album art-work created by Storm Thorgerson (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd). Fox growing up with roots between Cape Town and London has played in South Africa, UK, Asia, Scandinavia & Europe. She is currently based in London.
‘…Be sure to let your ears witness the mythically marvellous blues riffs and stirring vocals that fill her songs to the brim with soul…If you dig 70’s rock or powerful, soulful voices, then this is the rock goddess for you…’
– Sferikul (USA)
‘…each track stands out with singular purpose like the gadgets on a Swiss Army knife…’
– Texx and the City (SA) on Serpente Masjien
‘My Soul Got Stranger continues the electrifying journey through desert blues, soul and psychedelic rock that has seen Fox become one of the most important South African artists of the past decade.’
– Diane Coetzer’
‘…singling out highlights on an album this consistently great seems redundant…’
– Rolling Stone (SA) on machineri’s album
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Van T consists of singer/songwriter Chantel Van T, who after being in two indie bands created Van T to be a space to create music that came from a very true and personal space thus along with her acoustic guitar and self written melodies she writes from a place very close to heart. Her sound has been described as alternative folk combing elements of country, folk and blues.
Van T’s first album “We’re still running” is now out.
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Sunset Sweatshop is a five-piece feelgood pop band hailing from Cape Town. Their music has a unique blend of sounds that are sure to keep you moving all night. They recently released their Debut Album: Chasing Gold under the record label, Coleske Artists and have had great success since their debut, winning multiple Bokkie Awards, hitting number 1 with with 2 of their singles on multiple local radio stations’ charts and playing some of the biggest festivals in South Africa. So tell us, are you coming along to Cafe Roux, Cape Town?
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This show is a stripped-down look at songs from PJ Powers’ long and colourful career as one of SA’s best loved singers.
All of the hits are there – unplugged versions of “Feel So Strong,” through “The World in Union” and her ode to the Stadium she got to know so well while fronting Hotline in the 80s – “Jabulani.”
She also includes renditions of her latest hits, “Destiny” and “Stay” that are enjoying airplay at the moment as well as her newly released single: “Walk in my Shoes.” The latter being a hauntingly earnest plea for all of us to consider one another in a more compassionate way
She is accompanied by Tigger Reunert on guitars and vocals and together they weave a beautiful and nostalgic tale covering the last thirty-something years in the music business.
PJ has been busy. She has written a book, she has been writing songs and she continues to perform throughout the continent and the world.
This quintessentially South African show provides an insight into ‘PJ Powers – The Person’ through songs, stories and amusing anecdotes in an intimate environment that audiences have been finding spellbinding.
PJ is upbeat and optimistic about life in South Africa and during the show she shares inspiring stories of her life in this beautiful country. It is a feel good show and has great appeal for South Africans here and abroad from an sentimental point of view as well as for audiences merely interested in a good night out listening to an amazing singer playing great songs backed by a tight band.
Audiences have ranged from an older crowd familiar with the Hotline years and early solo hits, to people sentimental about the Rugby World Cup victory and on to younger fans introduced to the newer material.
Her relationship and travels with former President Nelson Mandela provide funny and light-hearted snippets of the humility of the great man.
“A light-hearted and beautifully nostalgic jaunt”
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‘Kruger, who is also one half of dream noise duo, Medicine Boy (Fuzz Club) has music that conjures a bewitching presence from the skeletal yet resonate ambience born of sparse instrumentations that bring forth vocals are almost just a hum and a breath in a silent room.’ – Post-Punk.
Lucy Kruger is singer/songwriter from Cape Town who creates a slow sinking dream folk. She has just finished her second full length album, a follow up to ‘Summer’s Not That Simple’.
Lucy moved to Berlin last year and will be back in town for one performance with her band, The Lost Boys. They’ll be playing a combination of songs from the first record as well the brand new record which will be released later this year.
Let me know if that all looks good.
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A tribute to the music of Queen is truly a trip through various emotions and feelings. Come see, hear and enjoy a proverbial festival through the highlights of Queen’s iconic musical career. Fronting this outfit with powerful rock vocals and hoping to pay homage to the incomparable Freddie Mercury, his favorite vocalist of all time, is Mark Haze.
Expect to hear the famous flaming Brian May guitar sounds and solos as well as the ‘Under Pressure’ grooves of the Steyn Family Band – the same band who brought you ‘Elvis on my Mind with Nicholis Louw’.
Come and enjoy the hits that shaped a generation with tracks like, “We Will Rock You”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another one bites the dust” and many more!
The Show Must Go On… and so it does.
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