The Africa Voices Trust will present their annual gala concert at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town on Monday, September 8, featuring award winning programme graduates Zebra & Giraffe, who will be performing a unique unplugged and “stripped down” show including new material off their latest release, ‘Knuckles’.
“The Africa Voices Programme has turned our world upside down. It has taught us new ways of thinking about our music, from how we produce it to how we perform it,” says lead singer and founder, Greg Carlin.
“The programme has re-energized the band in ways we never thought possible. I’ve personally learnt more in the past few months than I’ve learnt in my entire time in the music industry. The programme has demystified so many aspects of what makes music successful, powerful and globally accessible. It’s knowledge that’s being offered nowhere else in South Africa,” adds Carlin.
In the six years since Zebra & Giraffe performed their first show to an expectant crowd at Oppikoppi in 2008, the band have headlined all of South Africa’s major festivals, toured the length and breadth of the country and performed alongside international acts like The Killers, Snow Patrol, Oasis, Sum41, Prodigy and Panic at the Disco. In 2009 they were invited to perform live at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 2011 performed at MusExpo in Los Angeles.
‘Knuckles’ is the fourth studio release from Zebra & Giraffe, following ‘Collected Memories’ (2008), which produced seven Top10 singles and won the SAMA for Best Rock Album and the MTV All Africa Award for the band as ‘Best Alternative Band’; ‘The Knife EP’ (2010), launched internationally and mixed at Metropolis Studios in London; ‘The Inside’ (2010); and ‘The Wisest Ones’ (2012), which again won the SAMA for’Best Rock Album and earned MK Music Awards nominations for Best Video, Best Group and Best Rock Album.
The Africa Voices Trust is a non-profit organization created to support the development of talented and deserving young African musicians and singers across all styles and genres. The primary goal of the Trust is to identify, educate and grow future stars and to empower them to create financially sustainable and meaningful careers. Africa Voices do not just aim to teach the participants valuable skills; but to identify and nurture leadership potential, to support entrepreneurial spirit and to actively inspire and empower them to take responsibility for their role as future standard bearers in the growth of the African Music Industry.
* All proceeds of the Gala Concert will go towards the work of the Africa Voices Trust. Tickets cost R100 to R140, via 021 461 4554, or www.computicket.com.
Visit http://www.thefugard.com for more information.