Music Musts: All I want for Christmas is…the malls to get some life

Music Musts: All I want for Christmas is…the malls to get some life
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

Christmas is sneaking up on us.
Yup, can you believe it? The season to be jolly is less than a month away and happiness is building up in workplaces around the world… happiness that the holidays are nearby, that is.
But I’ve gotta say, what’s up with all the malls starting the Christmas tunes in October already?

I feel as if every year they seem to play Christmas carols a week earlier. I can’t be the only one who’s picked up on this?
Well, at least they started then, as opposed to a coffee shop I visited in Fish Hoek in May, who were at the time playing their favourites from the Festive Season. Christmas in July is one thing, but Christmas in May…me thinks not.

Look, I love chanting the carols with friends and family at silly season, just like anybody else, but sometimes I think some members of the retail sector are out to kill it for us: not only through their eager and premature playing of Jingle Bells, but also, through playing the same old, same old.
I’d love to walk into a mall that didn’t have the Boney M Christmas CD playing on repeat; the Cliff Richard festive LP on shuffle; and the same old drab Christmas carols that are forced upon us.
How about they start changing it up for us a bit? Give us other artists doing Christmas classics; give us less jingle and more bass; give us something that makes the music of the season seem a little less stale. That’s what I’d like.

Onto gigs this weekend that I like, and I’m sure you will too:

• On Friday, November 21, catch Ann Jangle jamming your weekend into gear from 7pm at De Kreeft Stamkafee at the Saronsberg Teater, 19 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh. Tickets are R60 per person. For more information, call 023 230 0179.

• Saturday, November 22, sees Mark Haze taking to the stage at Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville from 8.30pm. Tickets are R120 each, and bookings can be done on: 021 979 1911.

• Then lastly, check out The Soil at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands this Sunday, November 23, from 5.30pm. Gates open up at 4pm, and it’s always best to enjoy concerts at Kirstenbosch with a bottle of vino and a picnic. Tickets range from R100 to R135 and are available from