Luna maak stories liedere

Photo: Hannie du Plessis and Jessica Botha

Photo: Hannie du Plessis and Jessica Botha

Na tien jaar in die musiekbedryf, is Luna Paige vir die eerste keer met nuwe Afrikaans liedjies op toer.

Met Storielied het Luna van Suid-Afrika se mooiste stories getoonset.

Terwyl baie liedjieskrywers dit al met gedigte gedoen het, is dit die eerste keer dat Suid-Afrikaanse verhale dié eer te beurt val.

Luna sê dit was net natuurlik dat sy haar klavier vra om in Afrikaans te begin praat.

Sy verduidelik dat sy gevra was om by die Woordfees ’n liedjie by Margaret Bakkers se boekbekendstelling te sing.

Sy wou nie ’n Engelse liedjie sing nie en het eerder een geskryf oor die boek.

Daarna het sy begin om stories haar eie te maak en om hulle in storie-liedere te verander.

Met haar nuwe versameling van stories, gooi Luna ’n draai by die see, by evolusie en die sin van die lewe. Sy kuier in die voorkamer van ’n ou vrou wat aan 7de Laan en whisky vasklou.

Sy gaan hurk by die grafte van ’n generasie bevryde slawe. Sy sing oor die veerpaleise en hul spoke en beskou die seisoene vanuit die populierbos.

Luna erken dat sy op universiteit laas Afrikaanse boeke gelees het, maar sê die projek het haar geïnspireer om weer plaaslike skrywers te ontdek.

“Ons het ’n ongelooflike ryk kultuur,” sê sy van die stories wat sy oorgeskryf het.

Luna het in Maart met Storielied begin en is besig om saam met Riku Lätte die liedjies op te neem.

Kom ontdek saam met Luna van ons land se beste skrywers en die stories wat hulle by ons ryk verlede en moederaarde gaan leen het.

Luna Paige sluit haar eerste Storielied- toer af met ’n intieme vertoning by die lieflike Rust-en-Vrede-kunsgalery in Durbanville op Vrydag 29 Julie.

Kaartjies kos R90 en kan by 021 976 4691 bespreek word.

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Keeping it in the family

Jody Abel (left) and Callen Petersen make up Acoustic Element.

Classically trained cousins, Jody Abel and Callen Petersen are making shopping experiences a little sweeter for Canal Walk and Tygervalley shoppers on weekends.

With their instruments of choice, Jody on guitar and Callen on violin, they make up Acoustic Element.
The two, who are from Goodwood and Welgelegen respectively, have been soothing shoppers at the two Stutterfords branches for the last four months.
“We have been playing together for a couple of years obviously, because we are family,” Jody points out.
He explains that Callen was playing with a string quartet and one day needed a guitarist, which is where Jody jumped in.
People liked their sound and started asking for them and soon they were playing weddings and corporate functions.
The duo plays mostly jazz and contemporary music, but also do learn new songs on request.
“We like aiming to the younger crowd,” Jody says.
Jody started playing guitar with his library teacher in primary school and started classical training in high school, where he also did grading in flamenco and Spanish guitar.
Callen also started playing in primary school and has only recently started playing contemporary music.
When asked about his favourite song to play, Jody smiles, before answering that it’s “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Besides their music, the cousins are also students. Jody is studying his second year in film and media at UCT, specialising in radio.
After completing his BCom, Callen is now studying fashion design and just did an internship at the Cape Town Fashion Week.
With the help of Jody’s teacher from Settlers High School, Hugo Smuts, Acoustic Element is busy recording a sample CD for promotional purposes.
The band is also looking for a percussionist and vocalist to join their ensemble. To find out more about Acoustic Element, join their Facebook Page or call Jody on 073 750 4902 or Callen on 079 215 2066. You can also email them at ptrcal001@webmail.co.za or abljod001@uct.ac.za.

Taking Cape Town by storm

Ruis Santos performing at the Bands4Africa Acoustic Talent Search Competition

New to Cape Town, songwriter and guitarist, Ruis Santos is looking for local musicians to help him rebuild his Latte Funk brand.

Originally from Nelspruit, Ruis has been living in West Beach for the last month and has already started making an appearance on the local music scene.
Ruis explains that he moved to Cape Town because of the music lovers here.
He adds that Capetonions seem to be more open to his kind of music.
His style is a combination of jazz, reggae, rock and Latino sounds.
“It makes for a really entertaining performance because from time to time it changes,” he says.
Ruis has been performing live for about eight years and comes from a musical background with both his uncles playing guitar.
He started playing at the age of 17 and says: “I am more focused on my vocals than my guitar.”
Ruis uses the guitar to accompany the showcasing of his song-writing skills.
He performs both cover and original shows.
His influences range from Sting, Rob Thomas and Michael Jackson to Rodrigo Ey Gabriella
Besides putting on his own productions in Nelspruit, Ruis has also opened for Prime Circle and played at festivals such as Inniebos, and Woodstock. Locally, he has already performed at Eden Cafe, at the Sunset Fireflies Songwriter’s Open Mic Nights at Trinity and has also participated in the Bands4Africa Acoustic Talent Search competition.
To find out more about the competition, or to vote for Ruis, visit www.bands4africa.co.za.
Ruis is looking for a support band to help him complete his sound.
He needs a drummer, a keyboardist, a bass player, a trumpeter and an acoustic guitarist.
To find out more about Ruis Santos and Latte Funk, visit www.lattefunk.co.za
Musicians interested in performing with Ruis can email him on info@lattefunk.co.za
Ruis will be performing on Tuesdays at the Sunset Fireflies Songwriter’s Open Mic Night at Trinity in Green Point from 20:00. Entrance costs R30 and includes a complimentary select beer or glass of wine.

Going all the way

Brackenfell songbird, Natasha Meister has been hard at work making her mark in the local music industry.
The Canadian born Natasha moved to South Africa a little over a year ago.
Last year TygerBurger reported on her and her band when The Natasha Meister Band became the first female-fronted act to perform at the Table Mountain Blues Summit.
Since then, Natasha has been on tour to Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads Band.
More importantly, Natasha has become the first woman in South Africa to be endorsed by Fender.
Natasha recently finished recording her debut album with her band members Roger Bashew (bass) and Paul Tizzard (drums).
While the album, Halfway, hasn’t been officially launched yet, it is for sale at her shows.
“Halfway” is also the name of the title track off the album.
Natasha says: “I wrote all the songs within a year after moving to SA.”
She says the album is dedicated to changes in her life such as immigrating, singing without her sister and new love.
When the Meister family moved to South Africa, Natasha’s older sister stayed behind, but she came to visit recently and Natasha asked her to sing some of the harmonies on her album.
“We sound very much alike, so even I can’t tell which tracks we are on,” Natasha says.
The album was recorded and produced by Roger and after six months of recording, was ready at the end of April.
“I think it turned out pretty good,” Natasha says.
She was going for a pop-rock and blues-funk sound at the same time and says: “It’s quite a nice mix, I think.”
Locnville fans may recognise her sultry voice on the one of the tracks on the band’s new album, Running to Midnight.
Natasha was featured singing harmonies on “Staring at the world outside.”
She says the experience was quick and easy and lots of fun. “They were surprisingly cool guys,” she adds.
Natasha is also working on a collaboration with The Usual’s James Stewart and drummer, Barry van Zyl, writing the soundtrack for a new South African movie, Skeem.
Natasha is in the process of organising a Garden Route tour at the end of the year and is hoping to tour London early next year with the same musicians with whom she toured Dubai.
In between all of this, Natasha has also recently been interviewed by Seventeen and will be featured along with a prize giveaway in their September issue.
The Natasha Meister Band will be performing on Tuesday 12 July at The Waiting Room from 19:00. Blouberg musician, Matthew Roux will be performing as the opening act. Entrance costs R35.
For more information, visit her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.

Paying tribute to Cliff Richard & Shadows

Local band, Tribute, is showing that you are never too old to rock.
“Although we are all in our 60s we haven’t stopped rocking,” says Mike Whare, the band’s bassist.
The band members who hail from Bothasig, Table View, Milnerton and Burgundy Estate are all retired, but not about to slow down.
Tribute literally performs a tribute to Cliff Richard and the Shadows.
Mike explains that they started out as a four-piece band doing just The Shadows music, but they took their show further to include more orchestral pieces.
The other members of the band are Ivor Norman on lead guitar, Peter Denyssen on rhythm guitar, Steven Dampster on drums, Roger Harrison on keyboards and Shaun Thompson on lead vocals.
The band plays music made by Cliff Richard and the Shadows from 1958 onwards.
The started out about five years ago, performing in restaurants and pubs around Milnerton and Table View.
Tribute’s dedication to emulating the sound of The Shadows has even seen them importing Burns guitars, the same guitars played by the original Shadows.
Peter points out that this allows them to recreate the exact sound that The Shadows recorded.
The band also owns the only Apache Burns guitar in South Africa.
In the last two years they have played to sold-out crowds five times at Die Boer in Durbanville.
The band members have been friends for many years. “We all grew up within the same streets of each other,” Mike explains.
Peter points out that they lived through the era of “flower power” and got to experience the music of 60s legends like Jimi Hendrix.
He believes that the young people of today don’t have any musicians who are able to set the pace for the new generations.
Mike says the band does Shadows music because it is challenging. “The music isn’t your run-of-the-mill three chords,” he says.
Peter adds: “It’s very precise and exact.”
“You’ve really got to think when you play it,” says Mike.
Peter points out that people enjoy the music of the Shadows because it is nostalgic and something they can relate to. While they have standard songs they play during their shows, they do tweak their repertoire and promise a different show each time.
Before a show, Mike says, the band usually gets together for a few rehearsals “to make sure we haven’t lost anything in the mix”.
The Shadows recorded over 1 000 songs in the 50 years they were together, which gives Tribute a huge range to play with.
They start their sets with lighter melodies before gradually moving up to more up-beat songs.
The band’s started making a name for themselves and Mike points out that people of their age and even younger people are seeking them out.
“It’s exciting for us,” he says.
Tribute will be playing at Die Boer on Saturday 16 July. Tickets cost R80 and can be booked on 021 979 1911 or 083 406 0111.
To find out more about the band  email Mike on mwhare01@gmail.com.