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Old Mutual Family Picnic at Spier

2007-03-15 17:48
International band Hothouse Flowers will head the line up at this year’s Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic at Spier Wine Farm on Sunday 8 April. Joining them will be a host of top local artists who are set to perform at the trendy Stellenbosch wine farm.
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Building on the success of last year’s event, local artists Jimmy Dludlu, Chris Letcher, Karen Zoid, Selaelo Selota, Neo Muyanga and Arno Carstens will be entertaining audiences throughout the day with some first-class tunes.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children along and enjoy this spectacular occasion with the family as there will be special children’s area with loads of entertainment for the kids. Tickets are on sale at Computicket and early bird tickets purchased on or before 28 February will be R100. Tickets from 1 March onwards will be R150. Children under 12 are R50. Pay for one child and the rest under 12 are free. Its four members create Hothouse Flowers’ distinctive sound. Liam O’Maonlai on 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.

Jimmy Dludlu's style combines traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from international artists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny, and top local legends such as Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. He is drawn to the sounds of west and central Africa, as well as Latin America, but jazz remains his first love and his numerous original compositions fall in the category of Afro-Jazz.

Local artist Chris Letcher has released four critically acclaimed albums and his most recent album, Bignity, written and recorded with fellow songwriter Matthew van der Want, was nominated in the Best Rock Album category at the 2003 SAMA’s.

Karen Zoid is a musical force to be reckoned with. She has won numerous awards and has performed at concerts all over South Africa and London, as well as President Mandela’s 46664 charity concert with Queen, Annie Lennox and others.

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 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.

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.

Arno Carstens is one of South Africa’s most revered vocalists and undoubtedly one of the busiest live artists in our country. His years of experience have given him a supreme self confidence and ability to communicate his music via his live performances. Working with South Africa’s finest musicians, Albert Frost & Brendan Jury, allows for one of the most professional musical deliveries in the business.

(Adapted from press release provided by Oppikoppi Productions)
Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic
Spier Wine Farm, 8th April
Supported by Heart 104.9
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