The festive season is in full swing and I feel it is fitting to reflect on the music that made an impact on me this year. Without doubt the artist of the year is Nathi and the album ‘Buyelekhaya’, featuring the smash hit ‘Nomvula’.
His impact is much like Zahara, a number of years ago, when she first burst into the industry. On festival concert posters recently the promoters have been advertising that Nathi is on the show with the simple caption “Nathi – Nomvula”. Whether that is a good thing is for another debate, but the album has a number of other very good songs on it. Watch him clean up at awards shows next year. As far as Single Of The Year is concerned, look no further than Timo ODV with ‘Save Me’, a classic-feel good pop song.
The next artist that needs mentioning is Black Coffee. Ever since the release of his album ‘Pieces Of Me’, in October, the song that has become a summer anthem is the first single ‘We Dance Again’, featuring Nakhane Toure. Those two artists sum up 2015 for me, along with Wouter Kellerman, who won a Grammy in March (he has been nominated again along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo for 2016).
Festivals have come and gone as well. Last year this time it was the “food and music fair” with a national bank sponsoring the event with Soul-to-Soul et-al at Hamilton’s, as well as a major radio station pushing K-Day. Sadly both these events are no more, all thanks to a lack of sponsorship.
Kirstenbosch keeps putting out shows on Sundays, but these seem to be much of the same. The young market they are attracting are filling the venue, but do they come back to enjoy the park? What post event marketing, to these fans, is being done? Is a database captured and used to drive membership to the park? I see the voice of Creed performed at the venue recently. I find this a sad reflection of some of the choices promoters make…‘The voice of Creed’…really? Surely you want the band and not just the singer, or am I being too fussy?
This brings me to a name Siphokazi Jonas. Mark my words; she will be household name come December 2016. I have watched her grow this year in leaps and bounds, and she is again trying something new this weekend, which follows from the success of her sophomore solo poetry show in July. Jonas will present her new production, ‘Wrestling With Dawn’, on Sunday, December 20, at The Kaleidoscope Café, 56 Main Road in Claremont.
The UCT graduate, and former Queenstown local, holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English, all of which she’ll put to full use when ‘Wrestling With Dawn’ is captured live to DVD, for release in the New Year.
The first DVD recording of its kind in South Africa, Jonas can simply not wait to seize the day. “I have told so many stories, as a poet, and for the first time ever I would like to tell my own,” she says of her motivation behind this highly anticipated poetry and purpose-fuelled work. “As I look back over the last 29 years of my life, and forward to a new phase, I will reflect, not only on my life experiences, but on how I have been impacted by the stories I have told and the people I have met.”
“In ‘Wrestling With Dawn’ I share both the major and minute moments that have made me who I am,” she adds. “The heart of this production is about the struggle of overcoming the fears and insecurities that make it difficult for us to accept and live out our purpose and dreams. The challenges of growing up, acceptance and rejection, faith, love, motivation, and identity are all confronted.”
‘Wrestling With Dawn’ will see Jonas accompanied by Jason Skippers, Didier Richards, Christy-Lyn Marais and Roeshdien Jaz. Tickets to this Nice Beard Studios production cost R130 per person, R250 for a pair, both deals available from the venue. The production starts at 3pm, sharp. Help her make history in ‘Wrestling With Dawn’ this weekend, while being present to witness poetic posterity live.