By Ian Bredenkamp
Pizza is fabulous. Your choice of toppings turns it into any taste you like, changeable every time you eat out. Want something sweet? Add pineapple. Feel like savoury instead? Use anchovies. Music is the same. It’s a pizza base layered with the flavours you’re after.
In the mood for Cape Town pop rock? Have some Macstanley. Until the end of 2012 they were known as Flat Stanley.
They achieved commercial success in South Africa and Germany, have been SAMA nominated and toured with U.S. rock band Collective Soul.
Last week they launched their long-awaited new album ‘Lucid Alive and Dreaming’ in the trendy city venue QV54 under their new name Macstanley (changed as part of an internal licensing deal). What’s the album like?
Macstanley has a polished sound on a slickly produced album, filled with 12 catchy songs, all sprinkled with the rock & roll fairy dust of legendary producer Brian O’Shea (Seether; Watershed).
Lead singer Andy Mac is no stranger to showbiz magic – he’s the brain behind the wildly successful ‘Symphonic Rocks’ concerts in Joburg and Cape Town. Note the songs ‘Hold On’ and ‘Angel’ – both are sure to appear on local charts.
Craving some homegrown RnB instead? Jimmy Nevis enters the local music industry with a new album too, but from a different door.
He’s only 20 years old, from Athlone and inspired by God and old-school rhythm and blues. If Marvin Gaye and Bruno Mars hooked up and made a baby it’d be Jimmy Nevis (and he’d be a biological miracle too!). Jimmy’s debut album was written in his bedroom at his parent’s home.
He has released three singles – ‘Elephants Shoes’, ‘So In Love With You’ and ‘Heartboxing’ – and they’re getting airplay on Kfm, Heart and Good Hope FM. The big dogs are sitting up and taking notice: Danny K met with Jimmy last week and Jimmy played at the MTV Base party at St Yves alongside Mi Casa.
Jimmy Nevis and Macstanley’s new albums are available in stores and online now.
Meanwhile Cape Town has enjoyed a new live music venue this summer. De Waal Park in Oranjezicht has hosted a fortnightly Sunday afternoon concert since November.
The music is free, picnic baskets are encouraged and your dog and kids are welcome too. The lineup has included Karen Zoid, Jimmy Dludlu and Arno Carstens, all playing on a refurbished bandstand brought from London in 1904.
The folks at Kirstenbosch Gardens should take note: De Waal Park concerts are free, there is never a queue to enter and parking is easy to find.
Next weekend, March 17, will be the last De Waal concert of the season and will feature jazz outfit Hot Water. 40 000 people have attended De Waal Park shows this season and we hope to see the series return at the end of 2013.
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