Has Matthew Mole become Cape Town’s most famous musician? You probably haven’t heard of him. This week the 21 year old Fish Hoek native became the first South African to enter the local iTunes album chart at number 1.
His album is called ‘The Home We Built’ and is surprisingly soft and folky. Mole is already gaining lots of attention overseas from labels and was recently chosen as Record Of The Day in the UK and A&R Worldwide’s ‘Artist Of The Week’ in America
Matthew describes himself as follows: “I have always had an attraction to folk music – happy guitar rhythms, thousands of vocal harmonies and random percussion is what I’m all about.
“I’m not the best at speaking, but through music, it’s completely comfortable. Music… it takes up a lot of my time. It drives me; it makes me who I am. If you had to force something out of me, I’d tell you that I play Folk music. Folk music with an Electronic back bone. I have so many influences, ranging from the people everyone’s heard of, like Mumford & Sons, to people like Gold Panda.”
Give his album a chance. Mole is producing music that’s very different to the average 21 year old Capetonian.
We’ve seen some good shows in the Cape – last weekend featured the phenomenally successful Tevin Campbell concert featuring Chad Saaiman, Emo Adams and Jimmy Nevis. We also enjoyed the sold-out ‘Want Ons Kan’ fundraiser at the Bellville Civic Centre featuring Koos Kombuis, Juanita du Plessis and Dowwe Dolla. Music highs to look forward to in the weeks to come include your last chance to see ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Artscape (the run has been extended to August 4) and the last show of the season’s Winter Concert Series at Kirstenbosch Gardens featuring local hit maker Mark Haze.
Also, don’t miss Macstanley’s live & intimate once-off show at the Baxter (August 9), Mike + The Mechanics at GrandWest (August 20) and Bonnie Tyler at the CTICC on September 6 and 7.
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