Music Musts: Daisies, Vines, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Music Musts: Daisies, Vines, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

I am very excited to report that one of the most powerful voices I know, Aretha Franklin, is back with a bang. She’s just released an album, covering the greatest divas of all time (and in my opinion, putting them to shame!)
A lady who embodies the essence of feminism through her songs, and a vocal force of nature, Aretha has always been a role model to thousands of women and artists around the world.

Something I truly love about her new album is that many of us are used to hearing her old classics, but on the new album, we get to hear a generation’s worth of music – with something for everyone.
One song that stood out for me was her cover of Adele’s hit single ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Man, oh man, I didn’t think it would be possible for anyone to knock that one out better that Adele, but then I didn’t think Aretha Franklin would take it on… She blows it out of the water and makes the song come alive even more.
My advice would be to go out and get Aretha’s new album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics’ as soon as you can – you won’t regret it.

Something you also won’t regret is checking out these gigs this weekend:

• The big one, obviously being Rocking the Daisies, which takes place all weekend, from October 2 to 5.
It’s the ninth annual instalment of this festival, and will offer seven stages, a food village, a green village, a traders market, a daisy den and an art field.
The line-up includes American Indie Rockers MGMT; the award-winning UK band Rudimental, and alternative dance band Crystal Fighters, amongst others. It all takes place at Cloof Wine Estate, Darling and tickets range from R200 to R800 per person.
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• Then, Cape Town born and internationally acclaimed singer, Jimmy Nevis, opens the Vine concert series this Saturday, October 4, at Spier Wine Farm – Amphitheatre, R310 Baden Powell, Stellenbosch. The gig kicks-off at 6pm and tickets range from R170 to R450. To book, visit

• Lastly, check out Emily Bruce at the Straight No Chaser Club, 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, from 8.30pm and 10pm, also on Saturday. Entrance is R80 for one set, or R120 for both. For more  info, call: 076 679 2697.