Review by Dee Theart (@deetheart)
After a well-deserved holiday break, Park Acoustics kicked off 2015 with an absolute bang of musical delight. The January edition boasted with probably one of the most diverse array of artists on one stage in Park Acoustics history. From Soweto to Japan to Cape Town, this line-up spoke to every culture and heritage. In addition, the Cabin Fever Dance Floor debuted at the monthly event, leading to an even bigger variety of entertainment.
Float Parade eased everyone into the lazy Sunday, creating the perfect ambiance with their funk soul music. Desmond & The Tutu’s bassist, Nic Dinnie, fronts this band and possesses a smooth-as-honey voice that soothed even the worst weekend hangover. Mention must also be made of the keyboardist, Pule, with his groovy playing style and constant sunny smile. They also totally owned Rihanna’s ‘Please Don’t Stop The Music’. Their wish came true, because the day was only a seed ready to blossom…
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) bring pure power to the stage. Seven men and women became one majestic Soweto force to be reckoned with. Front man, Jovi, acknowledged that they love performing in front of crowds who don’t know them, because that means they must earn and work for respect. And respect in abundance is exactly what they received for their commanding performance.
Park Acoustics has become known for showcasing international acts that the average South African music lover has never heard of. Japanese instrumental group, Sawagi, blew minds with their refreshing and incomparable sound. With old-school keys and a modern edge, their genre can best be described as Dance Rock. The four members looked very happy with the warm response they received and even recited a few English phrases for the occasion (with a notebook in hand much to the amusement of the crowd).
The moment Tidal Waves set foot of stage, a familiar sweet scent hung in the air. The band always hits the spot with their “original music for original people”. I hope 2015 is the year they will release new music, because it’s been a while and we need some more “lekker, lekker dans” to stomp our feet to. Amidst a bandaged arm, Zakes threw in some extra keys to their performance, unlike their customary guitar-infused sound.
The rise and fall of an empire. That is how Gazelle and DJ Invizable’s last show ever (and upcoming album) is described and I couldn’t word it better if I tried. Gazelle and DJ Invizable have retained a magnificent stance in the SA music scene as a combo act and they will be sorely missed. Their performance took the crowd on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reliving their career highlights. Jack Parow even made a special guest appearance, to perform their hit song, “Hosh Tokolosh”. In a fitting manner they said their final goodbye with “Die Verlore Seun”, with a few hundred people chanting along.
Throughout the day the Cabin Fever Dance Floor was filled with people in the mood for some booty shaking on the house and urban techno beats of 2lani The Warrior, Sisco Umlambo, Cody B and Deep Suite. As jokes were cracked at the Comedy Stage, the crowd filtered out and headed home, already counting the days until the next Park Acoustics.
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