By Ian Bredenkamp
In last week’s column I wrote of the many international music stars with homes in Cape Town including Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics and Mike Rutherford from Genesis and Mike & The Mechanics. This week we add another name to that list: Trevor Jones. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of him? You’ll certainly know his music and the blockbuster movies he’s worked on – his life story reads like a movie script.
Born in District Six in 1949, Trevor Jones wanted to make music when he was only five years old. He had the opportunity to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has never looked back.
Jones become a music composer and has worked on the scores and soundtracks of dozens of Hollywood movies including ‘GI Jane’, ‘The Last of The Mohicans’, ‘Excalibur’, ‘Arachnophobia’, ‘Mississippi Burning’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’ with David Bowie.
Jones has decided to move back to the Mother City and I met him at the annual Music Exchange conference at the City Hall. He is delighted to be back in the Cape and has his hands full with projects – he is certainly not considering retiring.
Other big SA music stars in the Cape recently include Watershed’s front man Craig Hinds as well as MK-Award winning Durbanites, Gangs of Ballet.
Hinds is instantly recognizable – tall, scraggly hair and a serious, deep voice. He has taken a break from leading Watershed to release his first solo album. He was in Cape Town to promote the first single, ‘The Light’. His voice, familiar to Watershed fans, is unmistakable but the song is heavier and darker than you’d expect – get it now and like him on www.facebook.com/CraigHindsZA.
Meanwhile Gangs of Ballet played in Cape Town at Kirstenbosch Gardens, the same night they were due to be at the MK Awards in Sandton. I spoke to lead vocalist Brad Klynsmith at their sound check with alternative-blues-rock outfit Shadowclub.
Klynsmith was very complimentary of our Cape Town audiences and made no bones that they would rather miss the MK Awards than disappoint our local fans.
And we wrap with a local feel-good story. Mathew Moolman is a born and bred Capetonian that started making a name for himself when he was featured in season 5 of SA Idols. He subsequently hosted a TV show and then cracked the music scene when he featured on Good Luck’s breakthrough single, ‘Taking It Easy’.
Mathew has changed his surname to Gold (Mathew Gold sounds more rock n roll), has written a new song and successfully convinced Joburg-based Urban/R&B sensation AKA to make a guest appearance on it! Listen out for the new song, ‘No Ordinary Guy’ on a radio station near you.
Next week: news about a new Danny K album and the latest song from Chad Saaiman.
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