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Old Mutual Encounters at Emmarentia Dam

2007-04-04 10:25
International band Hothouse Flowers will head the line up for the Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic at Emmarentia Dam on Easter Saturday, 7 April. Joining them will be a host of top local artists Neo Muyanga, Gloria Bosman, Selaelo Selota, Watershed and Concord Nkabinde who will provide the audience with some laid-back tunes, perfect for an afternoon at the dam.

On sale at Computicket and early bird tickets purchased before and on 28 February will be R80. Tickets from 1 March onwards will be R100. Children under 12 are R50. Pay for one child and the rest under 12 are free.

About the Bands

Following in the footsteps of the successful Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic at the Spier wine estate in 2006 in Cape Town, this replica event is not to be missed. Facilities are provided for children and include a special playground, which provides a safe environment and plenty of entertainment for kids, allowing parents to relax and enjoy the concert. Hothouse Flowers’ distinctive sound is created by its four members – Liam O’Maonlai vocals, keyboards, guitar, bodhran, didgeridoo, tin whistle and practically anything else that makes a sound. Fiachna O’Braonain plays the guitar and is also on backing vocals and tin whistle. Drums and percussion are in the hands of Dave Clarke and Kieran Kennedy is the bassist of this unique group of musicians. Playing the streets of Dublin since 1985, the band has plenty of music to offer. Hothouse Flowers' Biography

Gloria Bosman has shared the stage (both locally and internationally) with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Tananas, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho Gumede and Hugh Masekela. Her debut album Tranquillity earned her the South African Music Award for Best Newcomer.
Gloria Bosman biography

Selaelo Selota has performed at many festivals across the globe, including the Fin de Siecle Music in Nantes, France, Nuits D’Afrique Festival in Canada, the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival (2004), UCLA Jazz Festival in California and the Tanzania International Film Festival (2004). In addition to the recent success of his landmark 2000 debut album Painted Faces achieving Gold status for sales in excess of 25 000 units, his latest release Enchanted Gardens has also achieved Gold status.
Selaelo Selota's biography

Neo Muyanga is currently creating a score for “Cargo”, a contemporary dance piece by Jazzart and Magnet Theatre which reflects on the history of slavery in the Western Cape. His other work includes music for cinema and television and a collaboration with The Joy of Africa Choir is due for release in 2007.
- Neo Muyanga Biography
Awesome Neo video

Watershed has become South Africa's most successful domestic pop rock music export in recent years. They have sold over 100,000 albums in Europe and been included on compilations which have sold in excess of a million. Locally, the band supported The Cranberries, Simply Red, and David Gray and was one of the few distinguished local artists to be included on the first 46664 bill in Cape Town (2004), alongside Bono and Beyonce.
Watershed Biography

Concord Nkabinde is a well respected musician, composer, producer and music educator, and his music has not only been confined to the borders of our country. He has toured internationally with Johnny Clegg, Zim Ngqawana, Darius Brubeck, Deepak Ram, Ray Phiri and Gito Baloi. With his vast experience in anything from jazz to rock, gospel and traditional African styles and anything in between, Concord is now finding his own sound and direction.
2007 Concord Nkabinde biography

(Text adapted from info provided by Oppikoppi Productions)
See The Hothouse Flowers, Selaelo Selota, Watershed, Condord Nkabinde, Neo Muyanga and Gloria Bosman.
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