Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

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Eagle-Eye flies over

2008-11-29 14:33
Eagle-Eye Cherry, brother of Neneh Cherry, is flying over to South Africa for a series of concerts with a new live album in hand Live and Kicking. Catch him between July and August at The NAF in Grahamstown (Old Mutual Encounters at the Taphuis) and at various other venues. You can also read a few quotes from the conversation below.

Eagle-Eye Cherry on ...

South African Music
“The first introduction I had to South African music was through Dollar Brand - Abdullah Ibrahim - who my dad worked with a bit, and we lived at the Chelsea Hotel at the same time as him. And I actually think he still lives there, sometimes.”

Fame and responsibility
"... It depends a bit in what venue you are famous, and who is affected by your actions, but i think for me, my main responsibility is to make music and play live. Writing and recording it is just so that I can get out there and play gigs." Hardest gig ever
(At the Pula Music Prize, a Swedish music prize, when Sonny Rollins was being awarded) “Not only was the king there, but people like Sonny Rollins and Steve Reich who was also there to get a prize, and all of Sweden's Stockholm music elite where there, and I went up and played ... but when you say "tough gigs" I've played so many gigs that my brain goes through hundreds and hundreds of gigs. But I know, somewhere, when we hang up the phone I'm going to remember that one nightmare gig...”

"Save Tonight"
“I'm actually really happy that that's the song that became a massive hit because I actually really like that tune. I like the simplicity of it, I like that it's only four chords from beginning to end, I like the fact that the story is something a lot of people can obviously relate to, and the irony of how that's the song that brought me all the success and the song's about spending the last night with someone before you go away and wanting that night to never end, because my life kind of became that song. I was constantly on tour for years. The girlfriend that I had at the time left me at the end of that long long tour, because I was never home... you know?”

Hopes and dreams and the future
“In life... I guess the ultimate goal is to maintain happiness as much as possible, and that means finding a balance in life. I have a pretty good life here in Stockholm ... but I don't have kids, and I want to have a family at some point. And that is the pretty much the biggest thing you can do in any life, no matter what, is to be able to bring someone into this world and raise them, and help them choose the right road!”

- Jean Barker
Before Eagle-Eye Cherry landed for a series of gigs in SA, we got him on the phone to ask him where he's been.

Listen to our podcast interview.
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