A tribute to the idiosyncratic music of Tom Waits will be on show at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Tuesday, April 22.
Waits, much like Bob Dylan, is regarded by fans as one of the most important artists in the modern era of music. The prolific songwriter/poet/philisopher has inspired numerous other top artists in the world. With an uncanny ability to generate “pictures and landscapes” in the minds of his listeners with limited words, his work (and his voice) has changed over the years from that of a young, feisty and swinging troubadour, to a self-styled musical prophet that seeks to trigger guttural emotions from listeners.
Rising to the challenge of paying tribute to Waits’ rousing catalogue is newcomer to the local music scene Ann Jangle, together with the dark, foot-stomping and gravelly blues-rock duo Mean Black Mamba. A fanatical fan and student of Waits, Jangle has gone to great lengths to ensure she adequately does the master justice.
Her cohorts in Mean Black Mamba consist of slide guitarist Guy Collins, and drummer and percussionist Minnon, who has extensively studied the grooves and rhythms of the many styles of roots music that Waits himself has employed in his compositions.
* Tickets are R70. To book, call 021 979 1911, or 083 406 0111.