With a music knowledge that would leave most people baffled and a passion for sounds, Durbanville’s Shiloh Noone is a wealth of information.
What started out as something that sounded fun has become a passion for innovative and experimental guitarist, Louwtjie Rothman.
Milnerton teenager, Robert de Freitas will be among the young hopefuls competing in The Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition this weekend at the inaugural Cape Town International Guitar Festival. The 15-year-old Abbots College pupil, Robert, is no stranger to competitions, having recently won the instrumental category of the Fairbridge Mall Star Search Talent competition. As winner of the category he walked away with a brand new electric guitar. “It was really great seeing so many great performers,” he says of the competition, which took place in Brackenfell. Robert started playing guitar at the age of 10 and says: “It’s always been my passion.” He also sings and plays the bass guitar and drums. “I enjoy playing flamenco and percussive guitar,” Robert says, adding: “But I can play any style from heavy metal to Latin guitar.” Robert enjoys listening to indie, rock music and Spanish guitar. He plays with his band Chasing Sanity who recently signed a music deal with Flipside Music. “I am also starting a side project which will consist of two friends who have come together and decided to start an acoustic band,” Robert says. “We are going to try something different since we are both from metal bands. Our music is going to be very enjoyable – come on, everyone likes acoustic music,” He says. Robert adds: “We are going to add a lot of flavour in our music. There will be a bit of everything including Spanish guitar.” The competition will take place on Friday (1 July) and Saturday 2 July during the festival programme. Robert will be taking part in the youth category for teens from 13 to 19 years of age. The festival will include concerts, workshops, master classes, festive celebrations and a chance to mix with maestros and hear exquisite music. For more detailed information on the festival visit: www.capetownguitarfestival.com . To find out more about Chasing Sanity, visit their Facebook page.
“Country is the most honest kind of music you can find.”
The is the opinion of Gareth James, lead vocalist and song writer for the Nick Thomas Band, a brand new Cape Town country band from Milnerton Ridge.
He is joined in the band by Jeanre’ Leo on drums and Donovan Chemaly on lead guitar.
Gareth and Jeanre’ may be known to local music fans as the frontman and drummer for The Undefined.
As The Undefined started coming to its end, Gareth says he had been listening to a lot of country music from a lyrical point of view.
He adds that he felt like a lot of his music was coming from a negative place because it is easier to express negativity in rock music.
Gareth wanted to try his hand at writing story songs that don’t need to be deciphered.
He points to a quote from one of his favourite musicians, Darius Rucker, “I want to write a song that someone on the other side of the world can relate to.”
As a unit, the band have been playing together for about seven months and describe their music as modern country.
Gareth says you could use Keith Urban or Lady Antebellum as a reference for their music.
The band will consist of the three, and they will bring in session musicians for performances.
The band’s name is a tribute to Gareth’s foster brother, Nicolas Thomas.
“He’s been through a lot,” says Gareth, explaining how Nicolas’ biological parents would leave him with strangers or take him into location, looking for drugs.
When Gareth’s parents first met Nicolas, his mother had asked them to babysit him. She only came back two months later to fetch him.
Nicolas’ story has inspired the band to give back.
They recently performed for The Eesterivier Empowerment Centre
“The awesome thing about our songs is that from the smallest child to the oldest,” everyone can relate to it,” Gareth says.
“It made me so happy and proud to see what impact our music had on the children, it wasn’t long after the show that they were singing the words to our song called, With All My Heart. What an unbelievable and indescribable feeling,” Donovan adds.
“The experience was something I will look back on for the rest of my life,” Says Jeanre’
The band is working with Charné Visser, Miss Teen Western Cape, to help raise funds in support of under privileged children.
They are planning a tour of children homes in the Western Cape to spread a message of hope.
They have also offered their services for the launch of Out of Africa, a new children’s hospice.
Gareth says this is the first time that he feels like the members of the band are on the same page.
To find out more about the band, visit their Facebook page, where you can also listen to their music.
“It’s a cool mix between energetic and deep, softer music.”
Their name is Ignition, and they hope to light your fire.