It is wonderful to see bands take the initiative. After reading The Next 48hOURS two weeks ago, Top Dog SA have decided to do their own thing and step out of the shadows of backing other acts. They have booked GrandWest Roxy Review Bar for three nights only, on July 5, 6, and 7.
That’s 450 seats altogether across the three gigs. This makes the show a must see ticket for July, due to the intimacy of the venue and the world class staging that will be done. Sun International needs to be applauded for opening the venue. With the demise of Straight No Chaser, live original music has very few outlets and the Roxy Review bar is ideally placed to assume this role. So what makes this band Top Dog SA so cool? Well look at the members and their music pedigree.
Top Dog SA’s saxophonist Donveno Prins, who most recently lead the band for the inaugural run for David Kramer’s ‘District 6: Kanala’ show at The Fugard Theatre, is also the band’s leader. Add Camillo Lombard on keyboards, Charlton Daniels on bass, Mornay Hoffmeester on drums and Mark Williams on guitar and you’re in the company of some of South Africa’s most highly sought after and hugely respected music makers who’ve played with many of the greats.
Described as a fresh vibrant band, and a force to be reckoned with, Top Dog SA has already made its mark in venues as diverse as the Bellville Velodrome, right through to Carnival City in Johannesburg. They’ve also featured at major music festivals, including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jazz On The Rocks Festival, Safricon Jazz Fest, Kenya, and Satchmo’s Jazz Fest in Nigeria.
Their recipe is made up of equal parts Afro Vibes and fusion jazz, fuelled by the Khoisan legacy and various indigenous African rhythms the band calls “KhoiJazz”.
“We’ll be doing two sets,” Prins reveals, “where the full repertoire of our musical influences and stories will be played.”
“It’s going to be two hours of exceptional music,” Hoffmeester adds. “Some tracks, from our recently released debut album, ‘Griqua DNA’, have never been played live before, so we’re excited to perform them in front of a live audience for the very first time. The vibe in the studio was amazing when we recorded these songs, so seeing how they’ll translate live has us all filled with nervous anticipation. It’s a great place and privilege for any musician to be in that space.”
The collective is also focused on Youth and Community Development, sharing their time and talent teaching youth in impoverished communities, as well as presenting reading classes, and supporting events the like of Music Exchange.
Now it’s their turn to shine and you’re invited.
To book for Top Dog’s inaugural showcase, go to Computicket for tickets costing R150.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm.
Extra Gig Of The Week
3 Tons of Fun at the Bay Harbor Market, Hout Bay, on Saturday, July 2, from 9.30am to 4pm. Entrance is free.
3 Tons of Fun have emerged over the last 10 years as one of Cape Town’s most loved all-female groups. Wherever this group finds itself, you are guaranteed a party.
The band is Sthe Mfuphi (Alto and Mezzo), Bulelwa Sakayi (Mezzo Soprano) and Michelle Thomas (Alto).