Summer Sunset Concerts at the Water’s Edge in full swing

Summer Sunset Concerts at the Water’s Edge in full swing

Long established and a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Cape Town, the line-up for the V&A Waterfront Free Summer Sunset Concerts is taking place on the outdoor Amphitheatre during the month of December, these acoustic performances featuring well-known names offer great views, great music and the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening on the water’s edge.

Amber Davis
Date: Monday 23rd December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 18h20
Amber started professional vocal training in 2007 at the age of 12 with Ilse Gous Music School. At the age of 16 she recorded her 1st single “One day at a Time” which was No.1 on Eldosfm in Johannesburg for 7 weeks straight. Her 2nd single titled Number1 has also reached number one.

Can Skylark
Date: Monday 23rd December 2013
Time: 18h30 – 19h30
Candice Malander-Thorne, better known as Can Skylark, started her musical career at the tender age of 13 years singing in church choirs and Gospel bands in and around Cape Town. She has performed on stages all over the City paying tribute to some of the musical greats such as The Bee Gees, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel. Her show, ‘I’m Every Woman’, is a musical extravaganza that pays tribute to women and great musical icons. This is an explosive production by Can Skylark performing classic female anthems and your favourite songs from her debut album Pure.

AN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS

Date: Tuesday 24 December 2013
Time: 15h00 – 16h50
This is a time of year symbolised by tinsel, richly decorated trees and stockings stuffed to the brim with gifts. But for a heart warming reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, don’t miss the free Uihos production An African Christmas at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Tuesday, 24 December from 15h00.

The Nativity story of the birth of Jesus will be retold with an African twist by a Goggo to her young grandchildren. The story is relayed with such warmth and humour it will capture not only the hearts of the small children but the audience as well.

Traditional hymns form part of the storytelling, and the rhythm, beat and warmth of Africa is woven into the fabric of the story by a colourfully attired band, vocalists and a choir. Traditional Christmas songs are re-arranged, giving these much loved classics a distinctly African feel.

Who is Uihos?
Uihos is a group of dynamic young men and women who form the Performing Arts department of Christ Embassy Church in Cape Town. They are currently involved in a schools’ road show project called ‘Dream Factory’ (where they have visited several schools in the last year) as well as ‘Fired Up’ concerts which they host at the church’s various satellite campuses to ‘ignite’ their youth ministries. For the Christmas program at the V&A Waterfront they will be enlisting the help of musicians and choir members from the church. Musicians as well as members of the Christ Embassy choir have performed at ministry events hosted at the Cape Town Stadium (2012), FNB Stadium (JHB – 2013), Coca Cola Dome (JHB – 2013) as well as in Lagos, Nigeria (2013).

The Rudimentals
Date: Thursday 26th December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
With fans from all ages of South Africans drawn to this diverse act, their live shows have captured the imagination of everyone who has seen them. The Rudimentals have defied being classified into a particular musical genre and are proud that their music carries the unique South African label.

Mark Haze
Date: Friday 27th December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
Runner up in the 2010 SA Idols, Mark has gone on to make a name for himself in the SA music industry. His band, 12th Avenue, received major airplay on 5FM and Mark’s debut album, ‘Where Angels Fear to Fly’ has just been released to rave reviews. An excellent performer and crowd favourite, Mark fronts his band with a range of rock originals and covers by Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Queen and more. To date Mark has performed alongside some of the country’s top artists and some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Rock icons Bon Jovi.

Chad Saaiman
Date: Saturday 28th December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
The multi-talented singer/songwriter, recording artist and freelance writer has made a name for himself, not only with his voice but also as a hard-worker. From penning the hit song for South African artist Loyiso Bala, Found Love Chad moved on to recording his own soulful masterpieces. With influences like Stevie Wonder and John Mayer, Chad’s foundations have always been soulful, and his connection with audiences makes him a popular artist.

Jeremy Olivier
Date: Sunday 29th December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
One of Cape Town’s finest guitarists and vocalists, Jeremy performs everything from easy-listening background music to upbeat covers and originals. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jeremy has established himself in South Africa playing alongside the best including George Benson, Katherine Jenkins, Jonathan Butler, Johnny Clegg and Judith Sephuma. As a session musician for television adverts, a film and television composer as well as a solo performer, Jeremy’s extensive experience in any genre results in an entertaining live act.

Kevin Floyd Trio
Date: Monday 30th December 2013
Time: 18h00 – 18h40
Kevin Floyd returned home to South Africa after 11 years abroad with his band Dorp. Influenced by the greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour and Johnny Greenwood a blues-based band emerged and the Kevin Floyd Band was born. He has also been featured in Guitarist Magazine UK on different occasions.

The Bootleggers
Date: Monday 30th December 2013
Time: 18h50 – 19h30
The Bootleggers Blues Band consists of six semi-professional musicians with decades of recording and performing experience between them. The Cape Town based band has been playing clubs, festivals and music venues around the City music scene for a number of years. The band takes traditional influences of blues and creates a rocking sound that respects the tradition of the blues while providing the audience with an entertaining mix of blues classics along with a variety of songs that showcase the talents of all the band members.

Hassan’adas
Date: Thursday 2nd January 2014
Time: 18h00 – 19h00

Hassan'adas
Hassan’adas, blends original African rhythms and sounds with influences from musicians all over the globe. The band includes Kissangwa Junior on drums and vocals, Lucas Khumalo on bass, Nathan Carolus on guitar, Buddy Wells on soprano saxophone and features the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Bokani Macha.

Tailor
Date: Friday 3rd January 2014
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
Pinning Tailor down to a single style is impossible. Musically, the singer flits from modern folk to blues-rock to pure pop and spooky soul. Songs can be rich and cinematic or simple and sparse. You’ll hear hints of Patti Smith and PJ Harvey in her rockier songs, but also of Feist, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Kate Bush.

Collective Imagination ft. N8n
Date: Saturday 4th January 2014
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
The Collective Imagination is fronted by talented musican, Rus Nerwich. A graduate of UCT’s South African College of Music, Rus released his first album in 2002, entitled ‘As Above, So Below’. In 2005, Rus moved to Argentina and formed a trio, which went on to perform at the famed Buenos Aires jazz club, Notorius. After returning to South Africa, Rus began touring the local festival circuit and quickly moved on to international stages. 2008 saw a new, experimental album entitled ‘Under the Poetree’, which was nominated for a South African Music Award and brought together Rus’ diverse musical influences into a very listenable mix. International performer and recording artist N8N (pronounced Nathan) was born in Belgium, but with his second album Imaginathan set for release in 2013, he has perfected a uniquely raw soulful sound that knows no borders.

Melanie Scholtz and The Love Apples
Date: Sunday 5th January 2014
Time: 18h00 – 19h00
It has been said about Melanie Scholtz’s music that it is like a ‘best friend’ and listeners are always inspired by her musical honesty. This South African artist will continue to captivate listeners with her original and unique sound. Melanie has performed with the who’s who of the South African jazz scene, as well as acclaimed international musicians such as Norwegian Band “Inkala”, Belgian jazz pianist Jack van Poll, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin and Joe Mcbride.