Goodbye, Dave Ferguson

2011-04-29 16:27
From three songs and a few ideas, then six songs and no idea, one man looping beat box harmonica virtuoso-like-no-other Dave Ferguson has expanded his repertoire and his reputation over the past four years to more than 300 songs, several residencies in and around Cape Town and a firm place in many, many hearts.

This month he sails off into the sunset, on a ship bound for Italy and a new chapter in his life. “Man, there's a lot I'll miss about Cape Town. It's a beautiful city and full of great venues and opportunities,” he says.

“I'm once again moving to another country with no real plan. One of my favourite jokes is: ‘How do you make God laugh?...Show him your plans’. I do hope to continue playing though and who knows, perhaps there'll be scope for work in Holland, Germany, France Spain, the UK etc.

“I'm looking forward to not being so busy when we get to Italy so I can get my album finished which many people have been very kindly bugging me to do for a few years now.

"I'd ambitiously hoped that I could at least release a live CD before I go. We did a live recording at the Melting Pot in Muizenberg and although I won't be releasing it as a CD I've been uploading the videos of that show to my youtube channel which folks can subscribe to or dip in to as they wish. There are also ways to download and keep those videos... You gotta love youtube.”

When that album does get finished, Dave will most likely come back to SA to launch and tour it. "But the future is a murky pond and some say the world will end in 2012," says Dave. "I say life is too short to worry about eternity."

(Pics by Deborah Rossouw)

Cape Town says goodbye to one its most prolific music icons - blues harp soloist Lonesome Dave Ferguson.
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