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:))
Join us for a magical evening of live music and lyrical storytelling by acclaimed local duo, Chloë Kiley and Matt Samson of Take Cover and their talented friends, Lexi Frame (www.facebook.com/
Here are some pics of our recent show at White Mountain. Enjoy:)
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We are glad to announce that we have been confirmed for White Mountain Acoustic and Folk Festival in The Drakensberg this September:)
Go Get your tickets here http://www.c-weed.com/wmf
Paige Mac has been confirmed to play Daisies this year.
To book your tickets click HERE
Don’t miss Paige Mac and the Kiffness at the Stoep n Swing on the 24th August!!!
R 20 gets you in – Show starts at 8pm
The Venue: https://www.facebook.com/thestoep
Loads of specials on the night
Book now: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0824604262
This past weeks have been INSANE, we did soo many cool things! Human trafficking awareness event, A Cancer Awareness Breakfast. We did a show for Kelvin Klein and then the Cape Town annual Folk Festival and opened for the amazing Lira.
Our weekend started with the Human Trafficking awareness evening called Jams for Justice. It was an intensely sobering evening that drowned both Gazza and I in information that proved some humans to be nothing but absolute scum and since most of us don’t have a karate-choppin’, die hard Liam Neeson for a daddy, Awareness is pretty key for keeping ourselves as youngsters alert as well as safe. Despite the really explicit images on the big screens and the hopelessness you feel for the 20.6 million slaves there are in South Africa, there is a lot that we can do to help.
Those kids are somebody’s children. Imagine if they were yours. Gone. Forever.
Lets get together school some scum!
Next we did a breakfast with some conquerors of Mel anomic Breast Cancer. This was a great morning of learning. Both Gazza and I were so positively impacted by the strength the ladies showed. The side effects of chemo therapy were said to be gruelling and many of the survivors found themselves wondering if death was a better alternative. Don’t wait till it’s too late ladies, get yourselves clued up. It really is worth it J
We then flew through on the Wednesday to Jozi for a Kelvin Klein conference called Down Town Cape Town, which was meant to be about being yourself but of cause you have to look a certain way to be allowed in a place like that. Irony. So I trotted in with my lavish red dress and some stilettos that I’m a fan of looking at, but not so much wearing, got so uncomfortable and irritated that I was like ahh stuff this and I just threw them off and the show went on. Subtly shocked faces everywhere. But I was only being myself J where are my damn all stars!
On the Friday I had the wonderful privilege of working with Nick Turner one of the founding members for Son’s of Trout. We collaborated for the Folk fest, where we sang arresting stories of love and homeland security of the USA.. Most incredible line up of artists We had an absolute brute of a time!
Then this weekend we opened for the wonderful Lira. Flew up to Jozi on the Saturday at the crack of dawn, met by our wonderful booking agent / mama Aunty Jen. We drove to the Lyric Theater which is lined with paper gold, ah it was just crazy beautiful J. Sadly I had contacted the flu from my little nephew. BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON!! Bright lights and attentive eyeballs are always a recipe before stage jitters and butterflies. We got onto the stage started playing and from the opening note people drank us in. by the time we got to the end of our short set the audience was singing along to some of our songs.. We were totally gobsmacked! Learned so much about music and how people structure songs and their perspectives in life. Lira’s 7 piece band blew my mind! they were just incredible and the lady herself is quite something!
We arrived in Knysna on Friday afternoon for our show at the Pezula Golf Estate, panoramic flora fantastics everywhere! The people were all >insert british accent<< I bought my wife a Maserati she didn’t like the colour so I bought her another one.. hohoho!(This is a true story believe me I was eavesdropping). It was a hoot for us to enjoy their rather proper company while we pulled the Garry and I are cousins card and watched their polite eyes swim in confusion. They’d set up a neat little stage for us to perform on and we (in conjunction with Boston Breweries ‘spirits’) had the okes dancing in no time!! I must say.. it was shmashing! Many thanks to the Wonderful okes at Boston Breweries for inviting us and the pompous pricks of the golf estate to getting drunk enough to stop judging us Kiff
Next we played at a rad little spot called Tapas on Thesen Island, Knysna. We got there and the first thing I thought was if 9GAG could be a restaurant it would look like this. I mean this in the best way. Everywhere you looked there was a little something that tickled your humour. The Restaurant had a magnetic positivity to which I think the staff were mostly responsible for. Smiley accommodating okes everywhere . We then set up and wondered what kind of audience awaited us and when we started okes just went bananas. They were so amped I didn’t quite know what to do with myself – honestly was soo kiff to be there.. thanks for the clapping and smiles for days Tapas. We say happily ..Like Arnole Swarzernegger… We’ll be back >:|
That evening we shot through to Plett to play at Surf Café. This spot is always so cool cos everyone is unbelievably down to earth. We sat and watched the Sharks Vs the Bulls game and I was like that dude from the Bulls team looks exactly like Odwana Ndungane from the Sharks team :0!!!! maybe they were like separated at birth or something :0!!! To which my Marcus and Garry looked at each other and laughed so hard their mouths seemed to wrap around their heads, swallowing up the rare moment of my stupidity. Never going to live that moment down :/ We got onto stage after a disappointing loss for the sharks and soon forgot our sorrows to the music. Snapped some strings and made some souls sing. All round great evening.. thanks to you wonderful people who made it out to come have a good time with us
Then we spent the last evening at the Blue Olive which is in Wilderness. We were honestly bushed by this stage. 5 gigs in basically 2 and a half days! So we arrive and some people recognized us from the last show which is always so heart warming, so rad to know that people remember and love what we do we had the whole place booked out ( it’s not that big but It felt like I was imploding with gratitude at the thought of a filled out venue ) We got the most incredible response! People were filled with joy! And the notion was so mutual our new song, When the sun comes’ up receiving lots of love. Thanks Garreth and the lovely fans from Wilderness. We LOVE you guys and your food deserves a trophy!
And Last but certainly not the least thanks sooooooo much to Mr G for jamming with us the whole weekend. We love you Big Daddy!!
I took a tumble off my bros bike and split my knee open. It was a little funny :/ went to the hospital and sat with my friend while we filmed the injury and made it talk to help time pass. (videos coming soon) Eventually we got to see the Doctor who didn’t wait long enough for the anesthetic to kick in and so she sewed me up while I felt EVERYTHING and boy did I tell her her fortune! Since, I’ve been on some nice drugs that make me love everything and everyone more than usual.. This one time I walked past this black and white couple and though ‘my.. they will have nice coloured little offspring’ and then it occurred to me that something was wrong with that… This is sounding lank racist but I promise it’s not.. my point is.. who in their right mind convinced the general population that, in the regard of race ,black+ white = colourful. I’m sure it’s meant to be grey. Ok this IS sounding racist AND IN OTHER NEWS! Drugs are bayd ..mmmkay?
But seriously.. winter is here. It’s raining sideways and it’s vloeking freezing! And being winter the sad truth is that Cape Tonians, (as lovely as we are) are hermits in winter. So we’re going to ride up country to the Knysna Oyster Festival where we will do a couple of shows. (We actually just want to join in on the festivities) but we also get to have some fun on stage and make people happy (hopefully). We’ve also been asked to open for Lira – Which is ridiculous and we love it!
Hope to see you lovelies at the Knysna Oyster Festival!