A quick pre Mieliepop chat with Naming James

Naming James have been around for quite some time. They’ve become notorious for their live performances, thanks to kick-ass sets at Mieliepop (a festival they’ve played at ever since its inception in 2011), Oppikoppi and Rise & Shine Festival (to name just a few).

This Johannesburg based folk rock band is most likely one of the most under-rated acts in the country. It’s a pity that he doesn’t get the attention they deserve on SA’s commercial radio stations.

Naming James

If you’re going to Mieliepop 2016, don’t miss their set if you like dancing around like a festival hooligan. They are definitely one of the must see acts.

I recently had a chat to Naming James about Mieliepop and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

What comes to mind when you think of Mieliepop Festival?

I think of Greg Georgiades playing the ukulele alongside Michael Lesar in a tuxedo for about 6 hours straight until the sun comes up (yes, this actually happened).

What can music fans expect from your set at Mieliepop 2016?

This will be the 5th Mieliepop Festival and I have played at every single one, so the majority of the set will include brand new songs and the performance will be more acoustic and without a full band. I have also written a song especially for Mieliepop. It is to the tune of “Glory, Glory Hallelujah” and is a jolly sing along for all the legends in the crowd.

What is currently playing on your iPod / CD Player / Music Streaming service that you use? 

I’m spinning a Monty Python vinyl at the moment.


What is the funniest thing that you’ve experienced whilst playing a set?

I once played at a tattoo convention and right next to the stage during my set was a man, in the midst of a suspension, being hoisted up and swaying gently from giant hooks through his back. No song on earth can compete with this..

Which quote / phrase would you use to describe the term “Folk Music” ?

Louis Armstrong said: “All music is folk music, I ain’t never seen no horse sing.”

I’d like to thank Naming James for taking time to answer my questions and I’d like to inform him that I’ve got a high five waiting for him at the festival.

To give you an idea of Naming James’ sound, have a listen to this live version of his song, “Get Out The Kitchen” below:

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Henno Kruger
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