Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions (BDCL) are an Afro/Indie pop-rock band from Cape Town. Though their name is altogether lengthy, it’s more than just a random string of words. While many refer to them simply as Ben Dey, taken from the lead singer’s name, the term Concrete Lions bears equal significance. It represents the strength and tenacity found in African culture. It’s the juxtaposition of the concrete jungle with the struggle of modern day township living.
Wanting to create music that showcases this powerful force among African people, the band fused Indie folk with some locally inspired Afro-pop beats to create their unique blend. Their philosophy is that music speaks a universal language and can be used to uplift and inspire communities the world over.
Founded in 2015, BDCL is the result of an unlikey friendship between self-taught musicians Ben and Ongama and the ability of music to bring people together. Both from different walks of life, collectively they are the driving force behind the band and despite some line-up changes over the years, the music has remained much the same.
Made up of Ben Dey (lead singer), Ongama Mona (lead guitar, backing vocals), Alex Birns (percussion) and Dillon Birns (bass), the foursome share the same ambition, ideology and commitment which has been cruicial from the get go.
Have a listen… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBPM_ry78pg
***Please note that dinner is available from 7pm & show starts at 8:30pm