What’s life without a little bit of music to keep things going.
Over the course of The Cape Town Flower Show, three artists will be performing to keep the spirits high:
- DJ Rene: 27th, 28, 28th October; 18:00 – 21:00; The Food and Drinks Garden
- Hout Bay Bay Music Project: 29th October; 12:30; The Food and Drinks Garden
- Paige Mac: 29th October; 14:30 & 16:30; The Food and Drinks Garden
Read below for more information on each performance.
HOUT BAY MUSIC PROJECT
PERFORMANCE: 29TH OCTOBER 2016
STAGE: FOOD GARDEN
It all began when one motivated individual responded to the absence of music development opportunities for disadvantaged children. Since the inception of the Hout Bay Music Project in 2003 they have continued to help children come together every day to experience the joy of music.
“When I was a child I lived to play the violin. As an adult I wanted the children in Hout Bay, particularly the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement and the Hangberg community to have the same sense of wonder, involvement and beauty that playing an instrument brings. I’d worked in Langa and Alexandra townships and the children there too had no access to instruments let alone lessons.
Children of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg play in the streets, often on the dangerous Main Road after school. I imagined a place where they could be safe, creative, experience playing an instrument and develop their talent.
So I went to the Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School in Hout Bay and played for the children. I demonstrated the different styles of the violin and how easy it is to carry around. Then I asked if anyone was interested in learning to play. The entire school – 800 children – was standing in the dust in the burning sun. My expectation was to teach three, maybe four children in my spare time.
Virtually all of them threw their hands in the air and began to yell, teacher choose me. This was a seminal moment for me. I had already promised instruments and lessons for a handful and it was in that moment I realised I was going to be teaching many more.”
PERFORMANCE: 29TH OCTOBER 2016
TIMES: 14:30 & 16:30
STAGE: FOOD GARDEN
Emotively submissive, fun and raw talent are just three of the many ingredients that make Paige Mac the quintessential collective the world is fast embracing each time lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Paige Mac Mahon strikes a chord.
Two years ago, while Mac Mahon was still plotting her master-plan on how she intended getting us all sat up and listening to simply extraordinary song writing, not even she could have assumed where her music would soon have her headed.
Blessed with a multiple octave range, the ability to put pen to paper and lyrically reveal her inner most thoughts and emotions, her 20 years of life experience is effecting more likes and friend requests than all of her KZN born-and raised frame of reference combined.
For Mahon her musical journey began in a farmyard with her older middle brother. “He used to play this tiny guitar and always closed his eyes when he played,” she recalls. “I was fascinated. I wanted to feel what that guitar made him feel. And so… I picked it up, placed my porky nine-year-old fingers on the oak frets and of course, I was absolutely rubbish! So rubbish in fact that I was often locked out the house for my passionately awful strumming. Regardless of my family’s lack of encouragement at the time, something about the way my fingers pressed upon the fret board, the way my hands flopped over the strings, as I strummed rhythms, made me realise two things. One, I loved guitar! I didn’t ever want to stop. And two, I’d probably needed some help or people would literally die.”
Humble, surprised, and most often delighted, these are just some of the many reasons the pint-sized prodigy is as enchanting to meet and greet as she is to hear play and perform her ever-expanding and influential repertoire. “It’s exciting and also quite unreal,” she admits when asked how she’s enjoying the ripple effect of her debut single “Atrophy” and her three other tracks that make up her2012 Universal Music debut release A Moments Nostalgia.
“Music is an outlet, a route of expression,” she explains. “It’s an uncensored story of the revelations in the journey of my life. It’s there, in the music, that I develop these heightened emotions into chord progressions and melodies.” Melodies expressing disappointments, heartache, frustrations, love and joy – they’re all etched into stories that each sum up what Paige Mac is.
“How did this happen?” Paige questions. One listen to “Atrophy” quells the question and releases a well of raw emotion very few musicians can claim to trigger. Think back to when you first heard Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Cars” or Toni Childs’ “Stop Your Fussin”, each teased the periphery of musical gratification as Paige does with her multiple tiers of pop possibility, all neatly wrapped up in tracks the likes of “Wish Upon A Star”, “Trading Dreams” and “Just Like You”.
Fluff free, Paige Mac’s music is weighted where real substance sits atop melodies not trying to fill space, but rather making the beats between the bars breathe. “My stories are my own,” Paige professes. “My lyrics are all about touching people and how they have touched me – the point of music, we all connect here. If, as with “Atrophy”, my new songs can elicit emotion remotely close to what it took to write that, then I guess I’m doing ok.”
With Pop acts, light in longevity and a dime a dozen, Paige Mac is the exact opposite, a respite and a vaccine to the mundane. “The next chapter, post A Moments Nostalgia, is on the up and up. “Everything Paige does is very emotionally driven, hinging off a guitar track and vocal.” Add bass licks, some magically atmospheric guitar from new member David Van Niekerk and Giovanni’s beats and you’ve got Paige Mac 2.0, an exciting place to be if you’re hoping and expecting to get more than you bargained for… and then some!
Mac Mahon may have lost her mom before she was a teenager due to illness, but today she, and her pioneering band, are breaking ground, telling cathartic tales and winning fans at every stop along the way. “And here I am,” she concludes. “An out pour of emotion, a guitar in my hand and a melody in my heart. But you know what the best part is? It’s only the beginning, and I really do believe that hardships often prepare the ordinary for extraordinary destinies.”
PERFORMANCE: 27TH, 28TH, 29TH OCTOBER 2016
STAGE: FOOD GARDEN
Since leaving France for a life of music, surf and family in South Africa’s Mother City, Rene Tanguy has become a household name in Cape Town due to his unique, passionate DJ style and audience appeal. DJ Rene The Frenchman can get any dance floor moving to his powerful World sounds Retro, Nu-disko, Latin / Cuban / Brazilian style house and the very best of French house. He has pioneered the concept of mixing DJing with live drumming and Afro-brass musicians in South Africa, and has worked with prominent local musicians such as Robbie Jensen, Moreira Chonguica and Buddy Wells on saxophone, Alex van Heerden on trumpet, Tony Paco on percussion, and Alou April on guitar. This unique and exciting show usually becomes the life of the party, while Rene keeps contact with the function coordinator in order to provide the correct atmosphere at given stages of the event. They are able to provide more laid back, quieter background music should the situation call for it.