Hailing from Empangeni in the heart of Zululand, Qadasi and Maqhinga are an acoustic duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right and sharing the same vision, joining forces has resulted in an international caliber of music which represents the heart and soul of South African roots music.
David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina and banjo player who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age.
This interest grew exponentially over the years, and as a result, his love for traditional music was born.
After matriculating in 2010, Qadasi released his first studio album under record label, Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of four-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His second album, released in 2014, has since been nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) and SATMA (South African Traditional Music Award). Qadasi was also recently honoured to receive a KwaZulu Natal Young Achievers Award for ‘social cohesion through Maskandi.’
Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a Maskandi musician in the mid 80’s and has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also include SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.
Well travelled, he has performed to audiences in several countries, including Zimbabwe, England and the USA and throughout Southern Africa, sharing stages with top artists such as Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekhemisi and Soul Brothers, to name a few.
He is presently most well known for his key role as the guitarist in popular Maskandi group, Shabalala Rhythm.
David first met Maqhinga in Durban in early 2010 when enquiring about a concertina tuner. After a ‘jam session’, thus began their story and the two have become firm friends, with Maqhinga taking the role of music director and producer of David’s first solo projects.
The talented musicians later decided to join forces after realizing the musical potential that was possible by combining their artistry.
Over the past several years, the two of them have travelled home and abroad with their eclectic fusion, taking it to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia, and throughout South Africa, and are thrilled to have released their long awaited collaborative album titled, “Lashis’ Ilanga” – an organic, acoustic fusion of traditional Maskandi and western folk music. This was nominated for a 2017 SAMA Award for Best Traditional Album.
Aside from promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion, the duo have also been actively involved in rhino conservation, working alongside the Kingsley Holgate foundation and Project Rhino KZN as rhino ambassadors.
There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for this Maskandi duo which is continuing in the steps of this powerful genre’s icons.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER ROM 7PM SHOW AT 8.30PM
Story Party is a show where you’ll hear professional storytellers talk about a time they got played, made, or got tangled up in that love stuff. The show runs for approximately one hour with a chance to laugh and drink some more.
Story Party is an award winning “Online Dating Alternative” with drinks, people to meet, and true dating stories to be told to a beat. We are in town for 1 night only. It could be the story of how you two met. Or not, who cares. It’ll be fun, just come.
**Please note: Dinner from 18:30/19:00pm. Show to start at 20:30pm
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.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW TO START AT 8.30PM
Grammy-nominee Sharon Katz, originally from Port Elizabeth, and Nonhlanhla Wanda from Durban, celebrated 25 years of worldwide touring and musical collaboration by releasing a new CD, “Side-By-Side” and will be performing songs from this CD as well as many of their compositions and arrangements at Roux Café in Noordhoek on February 22nd, 2019.
The international performers, who were the original founders of The Peace Train project in the 1990’s, went home to Durban to record “Side-By-Side” with producer Malcolm Nhleko of Maltre Studios. The Afro-Jazz-Contemporary fusion album features all original compositions by Nonhlanhla and Sharon and showcases their distinctive voices and gorgeous harmonies complemented by the instrumental virtuosity of Sharon on guitar; Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass; Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums; and Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer. For this concert, Sharon and Nonhlanhla will appear as a duo.
Following the launch of the CD in Durban, they performed in Johannesburg at the Holocaust and Genocide Center and at the Trevor Huddleston Museum before embarking on an American tour in July which took them to famous clubs in New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego and to the Tijuana Cultural Center in Mexico. The duo contributes proceeds from their concerts and CD sales toward social development projects in South Africa, including supporting a children’s home, bursaries for orphans, after-school cultural programmes, and therapeutic music projects across the country.
Sharon and Nonhlanhla are also the subjects of the multiple-award winning film, “When Voices Meet.” It documents the role of The Peace Train in creating South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993; its groundbreaking concert tour across the country in support of the first democratic elections; The Peace Train’s first tour of America after President Mandela was elected; and the long-term impact of the project as told by the participants 20 years later. The film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, has won awards at more 30 film festivals around the world and been broadcast in over 50 countries. John Kani and Abigail Kubeka also feature in the film.
In addition to their own CDs, the group was recorded on the Carnival! album with Sting, Tina Turner, Elton John and Madonna. They have also recorded with Dolly Rathebe and Abigail Kubeka and featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Peace Train’s original tour.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8:30PM
With musical influences from Africa, Asia and Scandinavia, this quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies, producing an acoustic world beat that crosses genres, borders and time signatures.
Ancient Agents invite you on a musical journey that bridges cultures, combining grooves from north India and the Middle East with Afro beats and polyrhythms – ancient sounds telling a modern tale.
A sound that has abolished musical border-posts but is deeply grounded in and respectful of different musical legacies… one that is simultaneously nowhere and everywhere – respected SA arts journalist Gwen Ansell
Reza Khota (SA) – Guitar
– Reza’s strings produce a crossover between east and west, with influences of jazz and classical. He’s worked with South Africas finest musicians, among them Louis Moholo, Kesivan Naidoo, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells. In addition to playing widely around Africa, he has performed in Switzerland, Norway, Canada and Carnegie Hall – New York.
Fredrik Gille (SE) – Cajon, Riq. Frame Drum, Percussion
-Fredrik has collected and mastered a variety of percussion instruments from all over the world, with Middle Eastern drumming being his expertise. His sound is influenced by Arabic rhythms and Spanish music.
Ronan Skillen (IE/SA) – Tabla, Percussion, Didgeridoo
-Ronan is inspired by the aesthetic of record label ECM, and music from Mali to Memphis and Mumbai. His flair for improvisation began with the didgeridoo, and his later schooling in Indian classical music and wide palette of textural percussive sounds combine to create a rich soundscape, incorporating tabla and hybrid percussion kit.
Schalk Joubert (SA) – Bass
-One of SA’s busiest session musicians, bassist Schalk Joubert (SA) is a product of his cultural heritage. He is able to articulate South African melodies, West African grooves and harmony in the European tradition to produce a cohesive, melodic sound.
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
Note: Dinner is served from 6.30/7pm. Show starts at 8:30pm
Café Roux and Exploring Consciousness bring you Films to inspire living.
Join us for an enlightening evening….pre-book your tickets online, have an optional early supper / drink (not included in ticket price), then sit back and watch an inspiring film and stay for a discussion thereafter. The movie will begin at 10am sharp so we suggest coming from 5pm if you will be eating.
The Animal Communicator.
Can we really communicate with animals? Where does animal communication come from? Are we all able to ‘tune in’?
Meet Anna Breytenbach and other animal communicators showing how their intuition leads them to the tracking and understanding of wild animals. This Foster Brothers documentary, touches the hearts of local animals and people. It shows how through intuitive communication we feel compassion, understanding and connection to all beings.
Sun Xa Experiment is an Ancestral spiritual Avant garde out the box group hailing from Gauteng and Durban South Africa born in 2014. A 7 piece live music band that caters a spiritual Ancestral sound that tells of stories of who we are as the global community without race colour or nation. With their music written in IsiZulu, Sesotho and English their presence on stage is felt through their performance that leaves you in healing mode. What they give to people during their performances is not only music but also part of it is a spiritual journey into self-discovery, more is connecting with your ancestors, reminder of who you are and where you are from as a human being. Their sound which they see as medicinal “Umculo Umuthi” is a 6 track journey through an hour set. Sun Xa Experiment gives a consultation performance which is a sound you do not want to miss.
Listen to this –>
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is served from 6:30/ 7pm and the show begins at 8:30pm.
Prime Circle are no strangers to touring and have been continuously raising the bar in efforts to expand their musical horizons and boundaries for many years now. Since their debut in 2002, Prime Circle have been one of the most celebrated rock acts in South African history. The band has toured extensively, performing at several major international festivals over the course of their 17 year career, and have been honoured with numerous South African music awards and celebrated chart topping hits.
Two ticket types available:
Grass tickets R180 – 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 – R280. Full menu available.
Kids are 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.
****PRIME CIRCLE is an AFTERNOON SHOW. Not an evening show
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.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8:30PM
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
**Please note dinner from 6.30/7pm. Show to start at 8.30pm
- CROSSCURRENT – So named after the meeting and blending of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans at the Cape of Good Hope, which speaks of the band’s Authentic Cape Town background and love of the ocean, the wild and all things ‘green’. The name ‘Crosscurrent’ also highlights the mixed cultural backgrounds of the band members.
- CROSSCURRENT’S original compositions incorporate traditional Cape/ African Rhythms with a rich, tight sound. The three musicians carry their audience on an epic journey through buildups and drops with a complicated and resonant repertoire. Their infectious songs find their audience, their lyrics touch and connect with their fans.
- Each of CROSSCURRENT’S 18 original tunes are woven with distinctive. and diverse elements, creating music that is both serious, fun and uplifting. With a toe tapping, dance orientated ‘festival’ sound, they capture their audience and carry them away.
- Influenced by international artist like Mumford and Son, Two Door Cinema Club, Lumineers, George Ezra, Ben Howard to name a few and local artists, The Kiefness, Beatenburg, Watershed and Prime Circle.
**DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM
Games 4 Brains and cafe Roux Noordhoek bring you something completely new, but of course wildly entertaining. GAMES NIGHT!
Join us for a fun filled, laugh your socks off, be sociable, do something other than watch TV & play on your phone – GAMES NIGHT.
Forget the usual suspects like Pictionary and Scrabble and join us to experience all new Internationally award winning games. (Insert names of some of the games to be played). All games played will be available to buy afterwards.
The Games 4 Brains team will be there to guide you through the games that will guarantee a night of digital detox and serious interactive fun. So grab your family and friends and join us (kids must be 16 or older).
Also feel free to come on your own, or as a couple and join up with other people to make up a table to play the games.
Expected timings for the evening –
Arrive 6:45pm to order a drink/get your supper order in.
First game starts 7pm (approx 45 mins)
Dinner from 8pm
Next game at 9pm
With Anna Davel (vocal) & Jaconell Mouton (piano)
“Diamonds are forever” celebrates the incredible songs that Bassey recorded throughout her live. Join SAMA award winning songstress Anna Davel and Ghoema award winning music producer Jaconell Mouton in this joyous and soulful production of their personal highlights of Shirley Bassey’s discography.
The audience can look forward to acoustic piano and vocal arrangements of some of her greatest hits – amongst others; Diamonds are forever / Never, Never, Never / Big Spender / I, who have nothing / Kiss me, Honey, Honey / Where do I begin / How do you keep the music playing / I am what I am, Send in the Clowns, and many more.
**DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW AT 8:30PM
Jeremy won the hearts of South Africa as a finalist on the inaugural series of The Voice SA where he set himself apart and revealed his Zimbabwean roots performing Oliver Mtukudzi’s ‘Neria’ in perfect Shona.
Jeremy’s music has been on the airwaves since 2012 and his debut album was nominated for a Wawela Award alongside Elvis Blue and Mandoza.
He has an exciting new album out called ‘Changing World’ which was recorded in New York with Living Color’s Grammy winning drummer, Will Calhoun, and Sting’s keyboard player, David Sancious. It also features our very own 5 time Grammy winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the track ‘Africa’s Time’, whose inspiring music video has just crossed half a million views on social media!
Join Jeremy and his trio for some soulful, uplifting, beautiful music.
**PLEASE NOTE : DINNER FROM 7PM SHOW AT 8.30PM
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
**Please Note : Dinner from 6.30/7pm. Show to start at 8.30pm
Richard Stirton is a Singer/Songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa. Richard burst onto the South African music scene after winning season 1 of The Voice South Africa at the tender age of 22. He signed a lucrative recording contract with Universal Music and released his debut single, “What Tears Me The Most” and album, “Middle Ground”, which both shot to number 1 on the South African iTunes Charts. He was subsequently nominated for a SAMA in 2017, for best Rock Album.
After 2 years of sold out shows across the country, sharing lineups with the likes of The Parlotones, Karen Zoid, Francois Van Coke, The Pixies, Jack Parow, Majozi, Dan Patlansky, Claire Johnston and Lira, Richard retreated from the spotlight to hone his songwriting skills.
An individual driven by the human connection Richard set about finding his sound. In the second half of 2018, after parting ways with Universal music, Richard began independently crafting a follow up EP to his debut album. He hadnʼt been able to contribute much in the songwriting process during the creation of his first album, as is the nature with most works released soon after a talent show is completed. This new work, that he has spent countless hours refining, is entirely his, because at the end of the day he wants to be true and honest to both himself and his fans. He wants to connect with them. He wants whoever listens to his music to know that the song is a direct message from him to them.
His new EP, entitled “Naked”, epitomises that ethos. One of honesty. One of truth. A reminder to everyone th%t they are not alone in their journey through life into becoming the best version of themselves. He %ims to be the peoplesʼ artist. A friend. And to build a career of longevity based on connection with his listeners. To grow with them, to be a part of each of their journeys.
With a live show catered for every environment, Richard and his band deliver performances with the sole goal of making a connection with the audience. With sprinklings of introspection, thought provocation, plenty of healthy banter and laughs creating a feel good show to leave the audience buzzing.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM
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
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM