There’s something special at play when you watch people dancing wildly to banjo music on the Grand Parade – a place that holds so much South African history – on a perfectly still summer night, with Table Mountain in the background.
Mumford & Sons was the cause of all the frivolity in the centre of Cape Town on Friday 29 January, watched over by the grand old City Hall and a bunch of wildly excited fans.
The four band mates from the UK kept the crowd dancing with the well-known, strings-strong songs from their first two albums, and some of their newer stuff. It’s hard to keep still when four (very good-looking) men are up on stage, singing harmoniously while strumming banjos, guitars, violins and cellos. Folk meets rock, and it’s love at first sight.
The pièce de résistance came right at the end, when Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal joined them. The stage filled with brilliant musicians and the City Hall seemed to hold her breath at its fabulousness. We all certainly did.
Mumford & Sons have three Cape Town shows scheduled, from 29 to 31 January. They will perform in Durban on 3 February and in Pretoria on 6 and 7 February.