The return of the prodigal (expat) son

The return of the prodigal (expat) son
By Ian Bredenkamp

By Ian Bredenkamp

Our country has produced many big music stars. Most of them you know as being loud and proud South Africans: Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Arno Carstens, Prime Circle and Mi Casa. Some, like Miriam Makeba and Brenda Fassie, have since passed on. Some have moved overseas to further their careers, like Seether and The Parlotones. And then you have those who are South African by birthright, but grew up overseas and never returned “home”. The list of names includes Manfred Mann, Trevor Rabin, Robert John Mutt Lange and Dave Matthews.
Ah Dave Matthews: a core part of anyone’s soundtrack who grew up in the 90s. Durban born and schooled, his family moved to the USA when he was a laaitie and they never looked back. Until now. The Dave Matthews Band has confirmed show dates for Cape Town and Johannesburg: November 30 at the Grand Arena, Grand West and December 3 at the Coca Cola Dome.

The group has sold a collective 37 million CDs and DVDs combined and are ranked as the biggest touring act worldwide of the past decade. They’ve added another SA legend as supporting act: Vusi Mahlesela! Vusi has worked with Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban and Paul Simon.

The Dave Matthews Band are touring in support of its latest album, ‘Away From The World’, which Rolling Stone named as one of the Top 50 Albums. His songs remind me of being in my late teens – happy times filled with the eagerness of wanting to finish school and start work, travel, leave home, fall in love, see new faces and new things. Do you remember those feelings? Pop music interweaves itself in our memories; it becomes the soundtrack of our lives.

Their accolades include thirteen Grammy nominations and one win; Four VHI Music Awards; and six MTV Music Award nominations. Singles include chart-toppers ‘So Much To Say’, ‘Crush’, ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ and ‘What Would You Say’.
Tickets went on sale this week. They’re not cheap, ranging from R400 to R600, but when the Dave Matthews Band rolls into town you want to make sure you don’t miss it.

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