Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts hosted the 9th Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, featuring a plethora of mostly South African artists and a range of genres, from bluegrass and folk to Cape jazz. The festival included Fruit Vendor, Rory Eliot, Natasha Meister, Farryl Purkiss, Majozi, Touchwood, Basson Laubscher, Crimson House, BlackByrd, Blues Broers, Manouche, Donovan Copley and Kahn Morbee. It’s great to see the variety of popular and up-and-coming South African talent out there, although the fact that each artist only got to perform two songs interrupted the flow of the evening and prevented any real audience–artist interaction.
Donovan Copley formed the strongest audience connection thanks to his comedic stage presence, Mexican waves, and unique, catchy songs that had people jiving on their feet. Admittedly though, it was the jazzy, upbeat performance by Manouche that got people standing in the first place. With their in-your-face energy and powerful vocals from Anneli Thandeka Kamfer, they were real crowd-pleasers. Later, band members Sarah Blake (double bass) and Diana Neille (violin) accompanied Parlotones frontman, Kahn Morbee, on stage for a song.
Girl-group BlackByrd added some sass with their popular song ‘Better in the Morning’, playing together with ease and vivacity. Unfortunately their second song became a purely vocal showcase with a cover of ‘Hello’; besides the fact that you should never try to sing an Adele anthem because it is never going to be as good, it was a pity to see the other band members fade into the background.
Majozi gave a standout performance; his smooth voice and natural stage presence are perfectly suited to the relaxed Kirstenbosch setting. He was joined by the Touchwood trio, and their collaboration for ‘Darling’ was the highlight of the evening, their sounds and vocal harmonies blending together perfectly.
All in all, the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Musci Festival is proof that Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are a fantastic outing for a romantic date or for families and friends to picnic, relax and listen to music.
The Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival took place on 7 February 2016 at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.