Walk amongst the lights

Soak up the Festive Spirit

Now in it’s third year, the Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights has become a must-do on the city’s festive season calendar. With the gardens festooned with millions of lights, nightly entertainment and the opportunity to give back to a host of worthwhile charities, this year’s trail has all the right feels to be bigger and brighter than ever.


 VIP evening  The Trail of Lights will open on 12 December with a VIP preview night where only 1000 tickets are available. “There will be special performances and displays for visitors to enjoy on this evening,” says event organiser, Alene Naidoo.   


Charities  


Since inception, the Trail of Lights has featured a strong charity element. This year sees a stellar line-up of organisations working for good including:  Trulife, The Guide Dogs Association South Africa, Feeding the Furballs, Action against Abuse, Stray Cat Carers, The Legion South Africa and SAAMBR. Some charities will engage directly with the public through onsite activations while others will benefit from funds raised through vendors. For the first time Reach for a Dream will host two families at the event.  


Lighting  


Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting promises visitors a completely different lighting experience which will tickle everyone’s fancy. Themed areas will include an African village, the garden of stars, a mini Jurassic park, pathways of romance, a butterfly sanctuary, a magic lighting digital experience, a crazy large 2019 motif and a kids’ themed display.   


Festive Market and Food Garden 


 Situated near the lake, the food garden will feature 30 vendors offering a wide range of food including Cuban, Mexican, Thai, South African, vegetarian food and treats for the sweet-toothed. Some vendors will be under the trees creating a ‘food in the forest’ effect and visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets along. The festive market is a new experience for the Trail of Lights offering visitors the chance to do some last-minute gift shopping without the mall hype.  


Entertainment  


This year’s entertainment will feature various students from Glenwood’s Rock Academy and CODA in the Bluff. They will perform alongside the band with feature spots on different nights to showcase the young stars. Daniel Sheldon from Beat-Route says: “A lot of our equipment has been sponsored by Sycamore Gear which has made it possible for us to extend our stage presence. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”   


The Durban Botanic Gardens with their unique ambiance and stately well-established trees, provide the perfect backdrop for the Trail of Lights, where a percentage of the proceeds go towards helping develop and maintain this important city asset. Curator, Martin Clements says: “The Trail of Lights has proved to be an iconic attraction for our city, not only for tourism but in helping to promote a greater sense of community and spirit of giving back. The community-directed ethos is a vital part of what makes it so special.”  


About the 2019 Durban Botanic Trail of Lights  


The Trail of Lights takes place from 12 to 30 December 2019, excluding Christmas Day. A VIP preview evening will take place on 12 December. Visitors can look forward to nightly entertainment, kids holiday activities, charity activations, new displays, a food garden and a longer trail. Also new to the event is the Festive Market showcasing local and authentic gifting and décor.   


Early bird tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or Pick ‘n Pay for R50 per person from 1 October to 30 November. From 1 December tickets will cost R65 per person. There are limited tickets for R80 per person available at the door. VIP Preview Evening tickets for 12 December are R120 per person. Children under two go free.

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A HOT SUNDAY SHOW

Botanical Gardens Heats Up One Last Time in 2019

 

Durban was showing off again,  with temperatures reaching 26 degrees coupled with a slight breeze rustling through the tall trees at the picturesque Durban Botanic Gardens; to welcome thousands of Durbanites for the final Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert.


Durban-based Colours of Sound got the party started bright and early with a dance set that got fans of all ages moving and shaking! Shortly afterwards, Lady Zamar took to the stage and entertained the 2500 strong crowd with a handful of her classic songs as well as some new tunes that got the excitable crowd dancing even more. Finally, Black Motion brought the beats, drums and dance moves on stage for the perfect finale of the 2019 Old Mutual Music at the Lake series.  


Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Old Mutual Brand commented that…“Once again, we acknowledge and are grateful for the power of the universal language of music. Today at the Durban Botanic Gardens where Lady Zamar, Black Motion and Colours of Sound wowed the crowds, Old Mutual's sponsorship of the Music at the Lake series enabled us to engage in a manner that resonates with our market.”  


Through all our music sponsorship properties (that includes our Old Mutual AMPD Studios, our sponsorship of the National Choir Festival and Idols SA, as well as our recently launched initiative Amazing Voices) we are driven to empower, inspire and support aspiring artists,” says Tshabalala. “At the same time we position ourselves to provide our national talent with platforms to become their exceptional best and ensure that their dreams are supported with the understanding of the importance of having a firm financial foundation and partner.”


We are delighted to be able to engage with people in such beautiful surrounding while they are treated to the amazing raw musical talent of our country. Our contribution to the Music at the Lake series also enables us to positively contribute to the sustainable environmental maintenance and upkeep of these spectacular venues. The shared value these events offer is what it is all about."  


For more information visit www.musicatthelake.co.zaor contact the Durban Botanic Gardens on 031 322 4021.  

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THE ROCKWOOD EXPERIENCE

The Rockwood experience is one that is magical. The Theatre has achieved the perfect balance between delicious meals and shows that excite and showcase the talent on offer in the country. The events are ideal for sharing quality family time out and revelling in a wonderful cultural event. The new chef at the Rockwood Theatre serves up heavenly offerings fit for royalty. Beautiful presentation and strikingly distinct flavour is definitely the signature of something spectacular.  


The chairs filled, the lights dimmed and as the strains of Blue Monday were audible in the background, the music extravaganza took flight.  


Music is something that every person on Earth can relate to. Songs through your life often become the backdrop against which every event is played out. They have the power to spark a memory, bringing the past vividly into the present. One note has the ability to bring raw emotions, which have long since been buried, rushing forth.  


Saturday night at Rockwood Theatre, was a step back in time which was enjoyed in the moment. Hearing the songs of my childhood, and surprisingly singing along with ease, brought back the carefree times as well as the angst teenage years and allowed me to reminisce on events in my life that have moulded me into who I am today. Remembering friends, some who have not crossed my mind in many years and others with whom I still have regular contact but all so close to my heart and vivid in my memory at that very moment.


The 80’s to Now production at Rockwood Theatre is an absolutely fantastic show. Through the brilliance of the musical talent, the flawless choreography and the exquisite costumes, the cast was able to transport each and every member of the audience back to the 80’s, carry them on a journey through the 90’s and into the new millennium.  


The period between the 80’s and today is one that has been marked with so many proud and hopeful moments for South Africa. It is those moments that still keep the patriotic fires ablaze for so many. While many ponder leaving our shores, it is shows like this, phenomenal talent and the passion that only South African’s can radiate, that makes the decision a difficult one.  


Take a bow Rockwood, you are truly an African Gem.

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A FITTING FINALE FOR BALLITO BEATS

Hot and Happening with the Parlotones

An excitable crowd gathered at Sugar Rush Park this Sunday afternoon for some beautiful weather and the final instalment of  the 2019 Marriott Ballito Beats Music Series. 


This Sunday the 6th of October, just over 1 300 locals got to enjoy the new and refreshing sounds of Angel Mazibuko, the unmistakably deep and husky FREDDY L and the world-class performance by award-winning South African favourites, The Parlotones.


Fans of all ages turned up to take advantage of the beautiful weather, enjoying the host of activities on offer at the family-favourite Sugar Rush Park in Ballito. A supervised Kids Zone, Bicycle track, Train track, Putt Putt and more were enough to keep the children entertained; while parents mingled with friends old and new and settled in for an afternoon of relaxing under a clear sky, listening to top quality South African music. Just another day, really, at a Marriott Ballito Beats concert.


Thank you Ballito. Once again you came out to enjoy the top quality music that we’re so proudly bringing to the North Coast,” says Stu Berry, Series Director. 


The very unique, and very special lifestyle-driven community vibe out here gives us a wonderful opportunity to help create a social and fun experiential offering for Ballito locals. We’re excited to get cracking on the 2020 line-up!”


Stay tuned to the Marriott Ballito Beats social media pages to find out which amazing South African talent will be visiting your hood in 2020.

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JEREMY LOOPS DRIVES DURBAN WILD

Music at the Lake Goes Next Level

Durbanites, and out-of -owners who ventured to Botanical Gardens on Sunday, were rewarded for making the trip.       


The gardens came alive, the atmosphere filled with electricity and excitement.  Families and friends gathered in the glorious Durban sun, picnic baskets and blankets in hand, ready to enjoy the afternoon with some fine tunes and some good wholesome fun.     


First up was the musical duo Bad Peter who thrilled the audience with their relaxed demeanour and absolutely phenomenal musical talent. Their diverse musical arrangements and mix of blues, African, pop, folk and Latin sounds had the crowd mesmerised.  A tough act to follow.         


Rubber Duc, however, had no problem continuing the momentum and keeping the crowd's spirit at an all time high. The playful, full of fun character of the band only amplified the enthusiasm shared by the crowd.  


 Jeremy Loops took to the stage to wow an already vibrant and jovial crowd. The culmination of an afternoon in the sunshine that won't soon be  forgotten.  Jeremy involved his adoring fans in the song selections, providing a colourful mix of both old and new songs to his performance.  This is a group that is by far one of the most talented both musically and instrumentally that I have ever had the pleasure of watching perform. 


The day was certainly a  climax to the weekend for all who attended the event.                                

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GET YOUR TICKET TO SPLASHY FEN

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Splashy Blues is a common feeling experienced by most South African’s the day after the Easter long weekend. 


There are two potential causes. 


1… You had to come home after a magical 4-days in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg mountains where you watched the sunrise and set with friends, old and new, listening to the best music, enjoying the best company and living your best life.
Or  2... You didn’t get the chance to make it to Splashy Fen at all.


Fear not happy campers, there is good news for you all. Preparations for #SPLASHY2020 are well underway and  the Splashy team are super excited to announce that you’ll soon be able to secure your very own spot at the iconic music festival when tickets go on sale next week.


With sold out festivals in 2019 and 2018, the Splashy Fen farm has comfortably been able to accommodate a large number of festival-goers on site. Event organisers Impi Concept Events have been planning the next edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival for months, and a large part of this preparation is to ensure that ‘person 1’ has the same experience on site as ‘person 8999’, and it is for this reason that the number of online tickets to Splashy Fen are limited to 9000.


“While
bigger and better seems to be our annual promise,” says Media and PR Manager for Splashy Fen, Kendall Snyman. “We believe that bigger doesn’t always mean larger. We’ve got big plans for 2020 and are all really excited to find new ways of making the Splashy Fen experience one that offers festival attendees more. More of a music selection, more camping options, more food choices, activities and entertainment on site… and more ways to leave a footprint that isn’t a carbon one.”


For the team behind the organisation of South Africa’s friendliest festival, the mission is simple: Create and maintain a Splashy Fen where attendees feel safe – with visible and effective security measures; have a blast – with world-class music, entertainment and family activities; and get great value for money – with the most affordable 4-day festival pass in South Africa.


TICKET SALES


OTTER CLUB TICKET SALES


The first batch of Splashy Fen tickets will go on sale this Monday the 23rd of September at 9 h 00. Fans who bought a ticket directly from the Splashy Fen website for the 2019 festival are by default, exclusive members of the Splashy Fen Otter Club, and will receive a private email with a unique link, directing them to purchase 2 Otter Club tickets. 


EARLY BIRD TICKETS


Those who are not Otter Club members will be able to purchase their tickets as soon as Early Bird ticket sales open on Thursday the 26th of September. These are limited to 1000 tickets ONLY. Thereafter, General Admission Phase One tickets will be available for R 875, and R 920 for General Admission Phase Two – all of which includes your full 4-day festival pass to all stages and activities on site.


GENERAL FESTIVITIES 


Splashy Fen 2020 will take place over the traditional Easter long-weekend from the 9th to the 13th of April 2020. The line-up for #SPLASHY2020 will be announced in February but fans can look forward to over 300 acts entertaining across 5 unique stages for the full 4 days. For accommodation, general camping is free to every ticket holder; as well as powered campsites, family camping and glamping options. For more information on these, and more, visit www.splashyfen.co.za.


REMEMBER…


Early Bird Tickets are available at 
www.splashyfen.co.za from Thursday the 26th of September. Pencil it in your diary, set a really loud alarm, tell your friends and their friends…  and get in line. You do not want to miss your chance to join in the magic of the 2020 Splashy Fen Music Festival.  

 

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ISIZULU @ SIBAYA ON FIRE

Burn The Floor at Isizulu Theatre Sibaya….All I can say is WOW!


This show created an entirely new dimension to ballroom dancing, one that the packed to the hilt audience absolutely revelled in. While I am extremely sad to have missed the show in person, the lovely Laura Wafer and her partner represented Eye on Zululand for the evening and she was literally bursting at the seams to share her excitement following the close of the curtains.


The 20 year celebration of the show ended with a bang on South African soil. The diverse entourage of performers compliment each other to perfection. Included in the mix are two South Africans, vocalist Lelo Ramasimong drummer Mike Swaga. These two truly make the term Proudly South African one that is felt and understood. 


Speaking with Laura directly after the show, she was filled with excitement and had this to say; "It was an absolutely beautiful evening, every dance showed and portrayed a different story filled with bottomless emotion. Jorja Freeman, one of the dancers, shared how being on the road for so long and experiencing so many different places and people had allowed them to view 'Burn the floor' as their forever home and there forever family. They were an extremely diverse group. People from all over the world joined forces to create an amazing dancing experience for the audience and for themselves! "


A huge thank you to Isizulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World and the cast of Burn the Floor for allowing Eye on Zululand to celebrate such a momentous occasion with you all. 


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A-HA BRING THE SHOW BACK TO SA

Back on SA Soil After 25 Years

Breakout Events is excited to announce the South African tour dates for legendary band a-ha. This will be the first time since 1994 that the band is visiting South Africa!   a-ha will bring their “a-ha play Hunting High And Low live” tour to Cape Town on 14 February 2020 at the Green Point A Track and to Johannesburg on 15 February 2020 at Marks Park, Emmarentia.  


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 26 June at 10 am and all info at https://breakoutevents.co.za/.  


A-ha have always set themselves challenges. In 2018, their MTV Unplugged tour proved that their songs could be given new settings and remain as alive and as impactful as ever.  


Now, pushing even further, they are announcing that their a-ha play Hunting High And Low live tour will be different from anything they have previously undertaken.  

Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be performing new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs, as well as the ten songs off their 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in the running order of the original release.  


Back in October 2010, a-ha had played the whole of Hunting High And Low just twice, first at Oslo’s Konserthus and then at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Now, from France to Poland and from Germany to South Africa, audiences will have the unique chance to experience a-ha revisiting their first album while staying faithful to its spirit.  


Together, Hunting High And Low’s ten songs are more than a debut album. “Take On Me”, “Train Of Thought”, “Hunting High And Low”, “The Blue Sky”, “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale”, “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.”, “And You Tell Me”, “Love Is Reason”, “Dream Myself Alive” and “Here I Stand And Face The Rain” are ten songs which captured a-ha’s heart and soul. And the hearts and souls of fans world-wide too.  


“We played the full Hunting High And Low album live once before and that was a great experience,” says Pål, looking back on the pair of 2010 concerts and how he, Magne and Morten feel now. “There’s not one song on that album that we’re not looking forward to playing live. We had done quite a few versions of the songs before recording the actual album and they all contain great bits and cool ideas which will be nice to incorporate into the new show.”  


“Recording Hunting High And Low was such a defining moment and an exciting time in our career and joint collaboration,” stresses Magne. “So revisiting this body of work now – more than 30 years later – feels like inspiration rather than obligation. I just need to dust off the old synths a little...”  


“With the song selection and the set in the album’s running order, it will turn it into a totally different type of show to anything we have done before,” adds Pål , saying a-ha also appreciate the tour will “pull your mind and mood back to when Hunting High And Low was made, which for us was a time when we were living in the same tiny apartment in London and working on the songs 24/7. By when the album was finally released it had been a long and bumpy ride, and we poured all our ambitions into the record as if it would be our one and only shot.”  


The tour is timed to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the original version of “Take On Me” – issued in the UK on 19 October 1984 to reputed sales of just 300 copies. The re-recorded “Take On Me” was released in Britain during April 1985 to little fanfare, and in America that May where it hit big after its striking promotional video was seen on TV. It was reissued in the UK that September and, finally, the British hit came. The Hunting High And Low album was on sale in America in June 1985, and in the UK in October 1985.  


It was a long way from when, two years earlier, the three members of a-ha were making demos on a four-track, reel-to-reel tape recorder in a holiday cabin owned by Pål’s family in Nærsnes, near Oslo. As Pål admits, a-ha’s road to Hunting High And Low was full of twists and turns. Despite the band’s self-belief, there was never any certainty of success. If their label had not allowed to them to re-record “Take On Me” and then make the new version which became the global hit, that may have been that. Nothing was cut and dried.  


Even when “Take On Me” took off, no one knew the band would be become established as one of the world’s best and most-loved. There were no guarantees. But the pushing, the rethinking and the self-confidence ensured that a-ha would not have “one and only shot”.  


Yet when a-ha had what they needed for their debut album, they knew these were ten perfect songs capturing who they were and, to a large degree, still are. Ten songs marrying yearning melodies and drama; marrying immediacy and intimacy.  

When they play Hunting High And Low live now, it is about more than revisiting ten favourite songs. It is also about tapping into the sense of adventure which first brought a-ha to London: a recognition that they have never stood still.  


“Take On Me” and Hunting High And Low remain as vital as when they were recorded and released. The live shows in South Africa will show why.  


A-ha play Hunting High And Low live – South Africa Tour Dates:


14 February 2020: Green Point A Track, Cape Town In association with KfM 94.5 Tickets on sale on Wednesday 26 June from 10 am  


15 February 2020: Marks Park, Emmarentia, Johannesburg In association with Jacaranda FM

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ARNO AND ARD TAKE BALLITO!

A MUSICAL COLLABORATION THAT ROCKED

ARNO CARSTENS AND ARD MATTHEWS LIVE AT MARRIOTT BALLITO BEATS. 


MARRIOTT BALLITO BEATS


Sugar Rush Park, Ballito, 11th August 2019


A cool breeze, shady trees and picnic baskets a plenty: this was the scene at the Marriott Ballito Beats concert this Sunday as Ballito locals were spoilt with a typically beautiful winter afternoon on the North Coast.


Over 1200 fans spent the last of their Women’s Day long weekend relaxing on the lawns of Sugar Rush Park to the sounds of Ard Matthews and Arno Carstens. The crowds enjoyed two lengthy solo sets by each of the award-winning artists, followed by a frivolous and entertaining collaboration with the two rock legends on stage together.


Local artist Miles Jacoby opened the show with a selection of covers and pop/rock originals. Jacoby has been playing music from the age of 6 and his love for his craft has taken him across the globe where he has learned and played extensively, refining and developing a deeper love for music. 


As a local artist, with an abundance of talent, Jacoby was the perfect opener for a fun and relaxed day out with family and friends. “What an honour is was opening for Ard Matthews and Arno Carstens,” says Jacoby. “These are two local musicians that I’ve been following for years and now I got the opportunity to join their line-up. What an awesome experience.”


Award-winning, best-selling, crowd-pleasing, platinum status artists; the Marriott Ballito Beats Music Series continues to offer the North Coast community an opportunity to see superb acts performing right in their very own backyard – adding fresh and exciting entertainment to the Ballito social scene.


Fans can expect one more show for 2019 at the Marriott Ballito Beats concert featuring The Parlotones on Sunday the 6th of October. Tickets are available via webtickets.co.za.


Early bird tickets are available for R130, whereafter general access tickets will costs R150. Kids between 8-12 years of age cost R80 and Kids U8 are R20. Gates open at 1pm and ticket holders are welcome to bring camping chairs, picnic blankets, food and all beverage to make the most of the beautiful setting at Sugar Rush Park. 

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HOT WATER IN THE FLESH

Straight From The Source

It wasn't long ago that we shared the news of the new Hot Water album release and since then Maskanda, the Donovan Copley way, has exploded!  Eye on Zululand was lucky enough to experience the brilliance that is Hot Water at the Botanical Gardens in Durban during the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Series. We managed to get some one on one time and find out exactly what makes this music phenomenon tick! 


1.  Tell me a little bit about the members of the band?


I have one condition in terms of who I work with: I must love working with them and they must love what they do! I've been working Xoliswa for six years and she’s just such a blessing - a huge talent that expresses pure joy on stage and really gets what Hot Water is about - I love her. When Xoliswa was pregnant some time back and couldn’t travel to a big show we had in India - I asked her to find someone to go in her place - she found the amazing Phumelela.  Now I’ve ended up having both of them on stage for the full version of the band! I am blessed!


2.  Where did you all meet?


It’s been such an adventure finding the right musicians who align with the vision that is Hot Water. It has been a series of fortunate events that have linked us all together.


3.  The diversity in the band is visually apparent, however the music produced is nothing short of fluid and natural for all of you. How did you get this perfect balance and blend right?


My Mom tells me that from very young I liked Township style music and connected with African culture. So when I started playing music it came out as a blend of South African styles. The choice of musicians reflect this natural mix and flowed organically from the music that I write.


4.  While you mentioned you were inspired by a few bands you saw at Splashy Fen a few years back, can you elaborate on that?


Music starts with a feeling for me. I saw this amazing Maskanda band at Splashy in 2010. I was gripped by the style.


5.  I am sure many people compare you with the great Johnny Clegg ( I think I did as well when I met you at Splashy this year), is there any relationship between you and Johnny and does he give you any practical criticism and advice when it comes to your music?


I have had the amazing honour and privilege of meeting and being with Johnny Clegg many times and having his support has been nothing short of miraculous. 

It was listening to Juluka when I was 9 years old - while away from home whilst living in America for a year - tht my heart was opened to the spirit Johnny represents.


6.  You have been travelling all over the country this year promoting your music and colourful lifestyle, is there any one place in particular that you are drawn to?


I just love performing in South Africa. Its always a treat to visit the rolling hills of KZN and be held by the power inherent in the land here.


7.  Do you have a favourite venue and why?


Kirstenbosch Gardens (CT) because it launched my career and House on Fire (Swaziland) because it truly is "a house on fire".


8.  I am sure that you have a huge fan base, any strange gifts from fans that stick out in your mind?


A fan in Germany, having seen the bottle tops on my blik guitar, sent me a big box of bottle tops as well as a large blanket with my face printed on it!


9.  In a day where selfies are the new autographs, do you prefer the old school pen and paper autographs or the selfie snaps?


I prefer the selfies. It connects more.


10.  Are any of the band members married and how does this affect touring?


Almost all the musicians I work with are married and most of them have children. Hot Water is a bit of a ‘family band’. With three kids of my own and family and home life being really important to me I tend to keep tours and shows very focused and we are not often away from home for too long.


11.  Where did the Castrol can guitar originate?


The original can guitars came out of South African townships as an ingenious way of making an acoustic guitar.


12.  Are there any pre-show ritual that any of the members follow?


I like to create each show as a new blank canvas, so I will often say to myself and the team “Let’s put all other shows aside and this is completely its own show”.  Doing this consciously, creates the space for every show to be its own unique experience and interaction with an audience.


13.  Do you have any outrageous expectations from event organisers?


One of the items on our Hospitality Rider is biltong. It's interesting to see what organisers at our international shows do with this. :)


14.  What do you do in your spare time to recharge or wind down?


I walk up the mountain. I get into cold water every day.


15.  Do you spend much time as friends when you aren’t performing or touring?


No, being ‘friends’ is not what makes Hot Water powerful - it's the alignment and shared vision at the base of our connection that creates the Hot Water show that people get to experience.


16.  Who writes the songs you produce? One person in particular or is a joint affair?


I write all the songs and, for example, when it came to the last album ‘Lifeline” I performed all the parts on the record. When it comes to live performances, I love creating the space for each musician to deliver their unique magic.


17.  Can you play any other instrument?


Yes! I actually played all the instruments on Hot Water’s latest album.


18.  Is Zulu a fluent language for you Donovan?


No! The African language that I speak fluently is Rhythm.


19.  Will Hot Water be travelling the world and more importantly will Hot Water always return to their roots in South Africa when they do go abroad?


We have been performing internationally for a decade. Of all the countries we have visited South Africa still wins hands down. 


It was extremely refreshing speaking with this colourful, bubbly and passionate individual who reminds us of the wonders that beautiful South Africa holds hidden amid the mists of the present uncertainty. 


It is an absolute honour to refer to Donovan as a friend. 


Hot Water is well on their way to unbelievable heights. What better ambassador for our country than one who truly loves and lives it! 

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Hot Water

Breaking News! Hot New Album Steaming Up the Charts!

Maskanda!


The term may take you back to a beshu-clad Johnny Clegg, but brace yourselves, there’s a new breed of Maskanda in town. Donovan and Hot Water have taken the genre to an entirely mind-blowing level. As the first notes are played, the auditory experience is spectacular. This is the kind of music that gets your hips swaying, your toes tapping and the corners of your mouth turning upwards and there is nothing you can do to stop it. 


Colourful and energetic are the first words that spring to mind. What they exude in flair and confidence is equally matched by enthusiasm and talent. Hot Water is the new hot Maskanda band on the market. They are definitely forging a path that many will struggle to follow and very few will forget.


I was lucky enough to catch the band in a live performance at Splashy Fen this year and all I can say is WOW! This is a sensory overload second to none. It leaves you pining for more when its over. 


Donovan shared their latest album with me recently and it is definitely one that has to be added to your collection regardless of your music preferences. Hot Water produces sounds that anybody will enjoy. The album, titled Lifeline, lives up to all expectations and more. From the very first song, excitement begins to grow and as each song progresses the feeling is heightened. Listening to the tracks you can’t help but conjure up visions of brightly clad traditional ladies shaking what they were born with, with a rhythm that is unfounded. Isn’t that what personifies South Africa? Hot Water has managed to strip the barriers down and leave the bare, beating heart of Africa open for all to see. For those living abroad, Africa awaits in all it’s glory and Hot Water is the pied piper calling you home.


The album is a feel-good music experience that embraces the proudly South African mantra!


Go out and get this album today...put on those rose-tinted glasses and see South Africa as it should be seen...


Hot Water - Lifeline

  • No More Darkness
  • Secrets
  • Chakalaka
  • Lifeline
  • Maria
  • Mamawetu
  • Old Man
  • My Disguise
  • My Calling
  • Springbok Amandla

Watch this space as we get a chance to find out who Hot Water really is….Exciting things ahead!

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DURBAN COMES ALIVE!

Rocking Botanical Gardens

Well, the dust has finally settled on an absolutely amazing day out at the Botanical Gardens in Durban for the opening of the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Series. There was certainly no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than rocking to South African musicians in such a picturesque setting. Old Mutual, ECR and Impi Events put together an amazing display of what South Africa has to offer in the musical and entertainment arena.


Sprawled out on the lush, green grass on a blanket or camp chair was how most started the afternoon, however, I can assure you that by the end of it, everybody, and I do mean everybody was on their feet sharing in the electric atmosphere and revelling in the phenomenal music on offer. 


The afternoon started off with a soulful, jazzy performance by the extremely talented Nipho Hurd. If you haven't heard this lady sing then you are missing out on one of South Africa's finest. The tempo was the perfect way to get the afternoon's festivities in swing.


Next up was the vibrant, exciting, entertaining antics of Hot Water, and yes they can belt out tunes with the best of them. Donovan has a way of working the audience into a frenzy with his colourful personality and truly African influenced sound. Young and old jived their afternoon away with reckless abandon. The Hot Water Duo were a highlight of my day! The surprise of the afternoon was the addition of Menzi Mngoma to the Hot Water act. Menzi is the Uber driver whose video went viral and he most definitely proved why. The unusual combination of the two music styles is something that you won't hear again any time soon....simply fantastic and in every way unexpected.


With the 3000-strong crowd now ready for a party, MiCasa took to the stage. The sultry, Latino styled musician with the dance moves to match set the ladies hearts aflutter. MiCasa shared some of their new songs and kept the audience entertained with their exceptional performance. 


Gazing across the lawns of the Botanical Gardens on Sunday left me with a feeling of warmth and encouragement for our beautiful country. A rainbow nation united in their love of music and dance, even if just for a Sunday afternoon.

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