American songwriter collaborates with South African songbirds to showcase local talent

2014-06-04 13:52
Cape Town – Postal Service and Bright Eye’s chanteuse Laura Burhenn is winging her way down to the rainbow nation for a tour with a difference across the country.

The Mynabirds frontwoman is joining forces with South African superstar Inge Beckmann of Lark fame and rising stars Lucy Kruger, Shotgun Tori, Faye Oakes and Eve Rakow in different cities on tour. Laura and the organisers of the tour will pick two underprivileged singers who will collaborate with her on stage.

It’s a lot like a new version of The Voice or Idols but (a lot) better because it’s about changing two people’s lives instead of one winner.

For those of you haven’t heard of Laura here is a video of The Mynabirds doing their song Disarm:

Inge Beckman will also perform on the Cape Town leg of the tour.

Certain events that make up the tour are also organised differently: in order for the show to take place a certain number of would-be attendees pledge their presence. Innovative, hey?

The live gigs are hitting up a whole bunch of venues so get to the pledge/tickets page and show your support for young talent in South Africa.


3 July - Cape Town
Venue: Welgemeend Estate, 2 Welgemeend St, Gardens.
Time: 20h00
Price: (Early Bird) - R195
Collaborating Act: Inge Beckmann
Pledge for your place at the Cape Town concert.  

8 July – Knysna – Peace of Eden Recording Studios
Venue: Peace of Eden Recording Studios. En route to the National Arts Festival, The Songbird Tour will stop off at the renowned Peace of Eden Recording Studio in the forests of Knysna, for a personal, invite only live recorded show. The audience will consist mostly of the township musicians who have benefited from owner Howard Butcher's JAMDTSA (Joint Artists and Musicians Development Trust of South Africa). They will have an opportunity to ask questions both from the band and engineers about the touring and recording processes taking place through the event.

Friday,11 July 2014 - National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Venue: Rhodes Chapel, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Time: 21h30
Price: R95
Collaborating Act: Lucy Kruger
Get Tickets for the first show in Grahamstown.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Venue: Rhodes Chapel, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Time: 21h30
Price: R95
Collaborating Act: Shotgun Tori
Get your tickets for the second show at the National Arts Festival here.

Tuesday,15 July 2014 - Durban
Venue: Secret Soiree, so venue will only be announced on the day.
Time: 20h00
Price: (Early Bird) R195
Collaborating Act: Faye Oakes (Faye & Wren)
Pledge your place at the Durban show here.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 - Johannesburg
Venue: POPART Theatre and Performing Arts Centre, 286 Fox Street, Main Street Life, Maboneng Precinct
Time: 20h00
Price: (Early Bird) R195
Collaborating Act: Eve Rakow (The Frown, Stolen Pony)
Pledge your place at the Johannesburg gig here.

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