On Sunday the 6th of July 2014 something amazing is happening in Pretoria. As part of the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series for 2014, legendary South African artist Johnny Clegg, South African Indie rock legends Shortstraw and Besides Shortstraw and Johnny Clegg, two-time SAMA 2013 nominee Tailor will will be entertaining music lovers at the National Botanical Gardens.
Johnny Clegg is one of our country’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music (a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms) has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in South Africa. In France (where he enjoys a massive following) he is fondly called “Le Zulu Blanc” (the white Zulu).
Shortstraw are a 5-piece Afro-indie pop rock band from Johannesburg who have been making serious waves in the SA Music scene. This quirky, feel-good band started off as a 2-piece drum / acoustic guitar band in 2007, but they only officially started performing in 2008. By 2011 Shortstraw had evolved into 5 piece musical force to be reckoned with and since then they’ve been featured on the line-ups of almost all of South Africa’s music festival (much to the delight of their fans).
Tailor is one SA’s top talents and have not seen this gorgeous artist perform, you will be blown away. Just ask anyone who has seen her performances at Oppikoppi, RAMFest, Park Acoustics and other festivals around the country.
This event promises to be one of the Winter highlights in the Pretoria gig guide and should not be missed! The beautiful surroundings of the botanical gardens are a perfect setting for an event of this standard. Pre-sold tickets for this event cost only R150 and are available on plankton.mobi. There is a restaurant and tea garden available on site, there will be alcoholic beverages for sale at the restaurant and everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets. This event is family friendly, so a kids zone will also be available from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Gates open at 11 AM, Shortstraw is up at 1 PM and Johnny Clegg is up at 2 PM. Gates close at 6 PM. For more information, check out the Event Page on Facebook, follow @OM_Concerts on Twitter or check out the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens Facebook page.
Great news is that Running Wolf’s Rant is giving away a double ticket to this show! All you need to enter this competition is a Twitter account. If you have one, CLICK HERE to enter – yes, it’s that simple. The competition closes on the 2nd of July 2014 and the winner will be announced on Twitter.
Watch this space for regular updates in the Music and Competitions categories on Running Wolf’s Rant.