Local talent able to fill the void after internationals depart

Local talent able to fill the void after internationals depart

Ian BredenkampBy Ian Bredenkamp

Last week Cape Town was filled with concert frenzy – Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber were the talk of the town. Where was Justin staying? Had he arrived yet at the airport? Was Selena Gomez with him? Was it really Justin on a bicycle at 1am at Cape Town Stadium after the Bon Jovi concert?
Was Jon Bon Jovi as hot in the flesh as he was in photos? Did Richie Sambora join the tour? Where was the band having dinner?

Now, a week later, the excitement around Bieber and Bon Jovi has died down and all that remains is the heartwarming photograph of Pinelands High Grade 11 learner Nelisa Baba being serenaded by Bieber during his song, ‘One Less Lonely Girl’. There are no concerts billed for Cape Town Stadium until October when Rihanna is booked to play. We briefly had international football matches to look forward to but we all know what happened to those… The next big music shows are all at the Grand Arena, Grand West instead and include Snoop Lion, Kings of Chaos and Percy Sledge.

Meanwhile the local music biz was abuzz after the 19th annual MTN South African Music Awards. The SAMA’s were trending on Twitter for three days, with several surprises across the categories. The big wins included Toya Delazy (Best Newcomer and Best Pop Album), Elvis Blue (Best Adult Contemporary Album), and Freshlyground (Best Duo or Group). Some surprises include Zebra and Giraffe beating out Prime Circle for Best Rock Album. Elvis Blue tweeted: “What a weekend. Thank you Jozi. We loved performing for you tonight. Thank you so much #MTNSAMA19 for the award. I am honored.” Freshlyground tweeted: “#bestGroup of the year! #MTNSama awards. Thanks all!”  Toya Delazy thanked her fanbase with this message: “Delazians, The SAMA NewComer of the year awards is Taken! SALUuuuuuTe!!! xx” All in all, the event served as a good advertisement of the talent we have in this country.

Following that trend, is Jerain Japhta Cape Town’s next big star? I think so. You probably don’t know her name – she performs under her first name only – but you will have heard Jerain’s song on Kfm, Heart or Good Hope fm. ‘All I Want Is You’ has that soft, female singer/songwriter feel that made Brandy a hit in the 1990s. Jerain is signed to Rude World Records, also home to Athlone’s superstar Jimmy Nevis. Jerain’s voice has been featured on several house tracks mixed by Capetonian producers – look out for an interview with her in next week’s column. Like her on Facebook.com/MsJerain.

Lastly, don’t miss the free songwriting workshop on Friday May 17. Award-winning star RJ Benjamin is in town to host the Music Exchange Songwriting seminar at Cape Town City Hall Media Centre. For more information, call Martin on 083 448 4475.

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