Yesterday was International Women’s Day!
Hello! This is my aunt Zelda, I would like to celebrate this wonderful woman on this such day!
I was busy writing this post about her last night finding difficulty in phrasing, with justice, just how incredible this woman was. I began to write and in failing to find the just words, I resided to sleep.
In the early hours of this morning I woke up, startled! When my heart had seized its racing and I found myself returned to sleep. I was woken up at 8am by my brother who then told me of Zelda’s passing .
Zelda, my aunt on my maternal side, was the closest thing to my mother. Although we seldom spoke, I had always experienced an unrelenting sense of love, support and selflessness in her presence.
She was diagnosed with cancer of the lung early 2015; which then spread to the brain in early 2016.
She went through all the phases of cancer where a women loses apart of her ‘’beauty’’ ; her hair and her ability to be running around and taking care of everyone. Instead of wallowing in self-pitty, and losing herself to the very possible thought of dying, she did just the opposite. Everyday she had an empowering message, not so much in words but by means of choosing to live!
She would wear all these beautiful scarves on her head, change her FB profile pic to a photo of her being the happiest bald woman that I have ever seen! She was the epitome of strength! Constantly believing in the gift of breathing. Her daughter Jo Petzer – who’s a title short of being a homeopath, took amazing care of her. Laughter and power foods were the recipe along with some kitty cuddles, I guess( she has about 100).
Zelda’s immediate family; The Baymans, are all together now. Mother, father and two daughters are hopefully having tea and laughing at how late Zelda always was.
And We, the fruits of such a courage and strength will promise to carry their legacy with pride .
and above all … Love.
RIP Zelda Francis, may your life be flagrantly celebrated.
Super Excited to be taking part in this years Cool as Folk; with the likes of Jeremy Loops, Grassy Spark, Toya delay and tons more incredible South African artists. catch us at 20:50. Welcome Epicness.
You know that frizzle of happiness and life completion you get when eating a tripple chocolate cake, I feel that way about my boyfriend (that’s besides the times I want to kill him)
I was woken up at 4am in the morning told to get in the car and not ask any questions. We drove to our ‘first date’ destination which was already magic just because of its history. We welcomed the sun with some reggae and tiramisu; but here’s the best part: this was the back up plan, we originally were supposed to be on the Atlantic side for the sunrise, but we were late (typically) so that didn’t work out which was perfect because the sun doesn’t rise in the west, obviously.. much to Giovanni’s shock.
Now as a farm dweller I had a rather poor relationship with horses, I didn’t like them, they didn’t like me.
Next Activity: Horseback riding on Noordhoek Beach. First reaction: S**t!! Then all the other swear words followed shortly after; in my head of cause. We walked into the office and the lady was a little peaved cos we were late (typically). We got on the horses and went for a stroll. As always I got the crazy horse. Literally almost threw me over its head every 30 seconds because of its determination to eat. That was fun though, the beach was really beautiful.
Then we drove through to Hout bay and chilled at the beach for a little bit and saw two giant hump back whales super close to the shoreline: to which I exclaimed: wow baby! You even organized whales?! He was a little chuffed with himself.
Then we drove in circles looking for the venue we were to have lunch at, we finally found it and we were both pooped! Eventually his family arrived, late (typically) but the festivities were magic. We had a great meal and some champagne and brandy and wine and…. drunk.
Next place we went to was a little animal shelter. He wanted to get me a dog!! Ahh!! They had unfortunately just closed but we were still allowed to go chat with the dogs and they were just too cute, I wouldn’t have known which to take home
Next we went through to Camps bay. Drove up to a stop somewhere and just chilled and chatted in the car 🙂 we then went to on a drive about in circles and almost ran over a friend, Jason. This was clearly not apart of Giovi’s plan. I was like let’s say hi and he was like no, lets just go find a place to chill please. So we drove around the corner to avoid him only to see him coming towards the car in the next corner. It was like a horror movie scene for Giovi. Jason saw us and came to the window, smiled and said: hey this is where Paige’s surprise birthday party is, right? I giggled.
Giovanni responds, no brother we’re just tryna find a place to chill
Jason: but it’s right here where the party is though, after you chill then we have Paige’s surprise party. At this point Giovanni was winking so much it looked like he was having a fit and when Jason finally got the hint it was too late and already too hilarious. Jason is ‘that guy’ and we love him for it.
Ended the evening with a huge bunch of mates dancing on the rocks to some reggae and a beautiful sunset paired which more champagne 🙂
This was the best birthday yet and I’m only 22! 😉 I am truly blessed to have this crazy guy in my world. Love you Giovi!
The Garden Route never siezes to amaze me with its beauty. The drive was smooth, easy and beautiful and so were the people at each destination. Our stops were, Knysna, PE, East London and Drakensberg.
Knysna was beautiful. The people were so interactive and warm we felt right at home. Kids were rocking with us and stealing our hearts with their joy :)Magic!
We then left early for PE and we booked into our ‘above average’ hotel ( by above average I mean amazeballz) at Ahoy Boutique Hotel. We were met by vibrant colourful hosts who called us celebrities; it tickled. We then moved to play at Bridge Street Breweries, performed and had a jol. Then went back to enjoy our wonderful accommodation.
Next morning we left with their keys on our way to East London, Cintsa. being responsible as a musician is a challenge, please don’t judge.
We then had a show at a place called Raggies in East London. It was great and the people just ate us up. We joined them after the show for a miniature party time while all the girls were swooning over David, Giovanni and Garry. Puh! #Hardtobehot.
After a few too many hours in the car, we arrived at our final destination: White Mountain!! The drive was easy. White mountain was VLOEKING cold! Khan from the Parlotones played before us and a guy named Brett Newskey from the US of A. Then us 🙂 it was MAGIC!
Thanks everyone for being apart of our vibe. Like Arnold swatsheshewagneshin: We’ll be back
We’ve done some cool things since I last blogged. Played Splashy Fen, opened for Matthew Mole and Watershed and also performed at the Knyna Oyster Festival… etc etc..Whooo soo much of business >insert African accent<
Splashy fen was bloody darn great. We were on the main stage after the awe inspiring Vusi Masahlela. The stage had cleared and so had the people. 5 minutes before we started there were 3 people excited to see us. My heart sank. We played our first song, taking our time and I soon lost myself in our first song, Northern Lights. My eyes were jerked open by cheer and applause. Our once audience of 3 had mutated into a beast with a 1000 eyes!! Then more and more people joined in, men in green and pink banana hammocks, ladies in tie die dresses, drunk fellas and even old men in straw hats and gumboots joined in, lang arming with the first female on site. Jaaa maan, it was raaad.
In July we opened for Matthew Mole at the stunning Green Market Cathedral (thanks Patrick Craig). It was vloeking kiff, the audience traveled with us on the whimsical musical journey that we had prepared and when we returned them back in their reality they showed us so much love my heart just swelled. In fact, it swelled so big that it squeezed my tear ducts and they began to water sweet pure joy. Beautiful moment. Then Matthew performed and killed it (in the best way) with his world-class tunes and lovable awkwardness.
The next week we opened for the legendary Watershed, with years of experience and award winning song writing under their belts, the group was surprisingly down to earth. The show was had a subtle but powerful atmosphere a lure clearly developed with years of skill and thought. Myself and Gazza learned lots from the wonderful gentle lads of Watershed. Great skills and down right nice guys.
We also have a new guitarist, his name is David, he’s nice and shows some skills on the axe :).
Currently we are planning our first 3 singles and a video! With much excitement!! Stay tuned cos I’m putting on my BIG girl undies and bringing on the what whaat!
We all have to face change.. and though sometimes it feels as if life has ruthlessly impaled our character with a ‘’big-stick-of-let-down’’ we all have to suck it up, get mad (and in my case) write a song and get over it and then do even BETTER.
In August 2012, Gazza and I set out to begin what was supposed to be the BEST adventure of our lives! We signed a contract with Universal Music and we were totally beyond ourselves. Finally we got our break! but alas it didn’t work out that way. We worked for 2 solid years, gigging our hearts out, writing new music, trying out different things and while initially we made some good progress with shows like Top Billing and Omage with big shot names like Lira, Dozi and Chiano Sky and Craig Hinds, that was about the last bit of effort that was launched in our direction. We were massively disappointed, heart-broken and discouraged BUT… having said that the break up with Universal was a civil one and for that we are truly grateful. And just because it’s the end of the road with Universal does NOT mean it’s the end of the world. Quite the contrary actually and I hope to prove many people wrong with our success and many people proud with it too.
So here’s to our new found freedom, doing what WE want and making our own Album the way we want.
Again.. thank you so much for your support! And here’s to sucking it up, writing a song, and doing even BETTER!
per ardua ad astra!!!!
Hey there good people. We thought it would be Kiff if we posted some pictures of our performance here before we loaded the write-up / blog entry on the event from Paige, so here goes…. enjoy
Yes its true people:) The Paige Mac Band has been confirmed to play Splashy Fen 2014 ….. Paige and Garry head to their Home land of Kwazulu Natal to entertain friends and fans alike for this years SPECIAL REUNION Festival AND WILL BE PERFORMING AMONG THE LIKES OF JUST JINGER SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS ETC! We are also looking forward to showing our master drummer GIOVANNI SERCI all the way from Sardinia (Italy) how the berg rocks!!! Catch you all there:)
On Wednesday the 12th of Feb, we had the astounding privilege of opening for Civil Twilight. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have not the foggiest who this bigger than life SA group is, they opened for Florence and the Machine. Enough said.
The event took place in the breathtaking Edwardian styled Center for books. On arrival, I met the guys from Civil Twilight who were surprisingly amiable and humble for all their success
We then did our sound check which was really difficult because of the height of the room but alas we prevailed J, grabbed some dinner and then it was show time! I found myself surprised by my nerves and I could see that Garry too was a little nervous. I walked on stage wearing a Grecian inspired black gown and no shoes, which got a few judgemental looks but I admit I enjoyed that a little.
After having performed our first song we had the longest applause we’ve probably ever received in.. pretty much ever. The audience seemed to just drink us up! We proceeded with the rest of our set, which was quiet serious and sombre, and finished with our song Love Makes You Fat to make our exit on a happy note. The audience was quietly tickled by the idea and we received a few giggles which always makes us feel all warm and fuzzy on our insides cos it means we’re doing it right J
Then Civil Twilight took to the stage and well… they were just superb. A quiet assertiveness was radiated through a properly pitch perfect vocal and haunting sounds of violin bows on electric guitars. The show was perfect for the venue.
Honestly had such a wonderful time! Thanks soooo much to Patrick Craig for organising everything, what a winning chap!
Here are some nice words from Katy Scott of Whats on in Cape Town
Thank you for your love and support
Paige Mac Band performing live at The V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on the 14 Dec 2013. Here are some of the Pics from the Show.
I am a lost.
Lost in Life,
Lost in emotion,
Lost in Music
The last month has been an evolutionary one. The more I become aware of how I can be better for myself and the people that I love, the more I find myself thinking I do not have enough time. Fair enough I’ve only just turned 21 but the people who point that out generally have to admit that the gap between 21 and 41 resembles of a worm hole.
So my guys and I (Gazza and Giovanni) flew 2 hours then drove 4 to the beautiful white river to celebrate something super duper special with the kids of CMDA, at their first (and hopefully many more are to come) Annual CMDA Festival called Route40. http://www.mpuma-music.org.za
Now Picture this 🙂
You’re surrounded by lush green, densely forested, Avatar resembling mountains and feint behind the rota-trim trees you hear a groovy bass line accompanied by an emotion manipulating vocal. And Like the Pied Piper you find yourself being compelled to follow the music. You do. What you see next both destroys and inspires you. All the musicians are under 14 years old. All from gang dominated, dream crushing, hopeless and hard knock communities. And then here they stand ironically the epitome of happiness, you believe every word they say, every note they play. That tragic world that they were born into, bound to repeat some bad role models terrible mistakes, doesn’t exist here. They found a way out. Music is their way out. I’ve literally learned from these guys that there’s nothing more liberation than losing yourself in something that makes you feel whole with hope. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much to you. Music is just something that happens in the background in the restaurant while you’re trying to have conversation with a long lost mate but for these kids, this is hope, this is the porthole to something better, a chance for them to experience and achieve more in life, to be apart of those crucial successes and failures that can produce in themselves pride and courage.
I was left inspired and emotionally exhausted in the best possible way.And here I am.. thankfully I’m lost 🙂
Lost in Life,
Lost in emotion,
Lost in Music
Thank you all so much for sharing it all with me
Always with Love
Some more great news everyone…. We have been booked to play Synergy Live this year. Please remember to catch us live on the Marshal Music stage from 3pm on Saturday the 30th Nov. We cant wait to see you all there:))