Desmond & The Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique, some might call it niche, brand of kwela-indie-punk for just on ten years. But to call it niche would be entirely missing the point, the Tutus are more shape-shifters than niche, their sound slotting comfortably between Thandiswe Mazwai and Hugh Masekela, as it did at the Soweto Heritage Fest in 2013, or between surf rocker’s Beach Party and synth mavens Gateway Drugs during the Puma Happy Holiday in summer 13/14.
The Tutus’ have also toured extensively internationally, opening on their 2009 UK tour for The Vivian Girls, The Soft Pack and Women. They played at one of the last, and legendary Optimo parties at The Sub Club in Glasgow and somehow managed to sell out their first European headliner at Vanner och Bekanta in Stockholm.
Desmond & The Tutus will be playing at the last Park Acoustics for 2016 this coming weekend. I had a chat to Craig Durrant about this and a few other things. This is what he had to say:
What is the funniest on-stage antic(s) that you’ve pulled up during your set?
We have done a magic trick during our song “Zim Zala Bim” a few times which is always a good vibe for the crowd.
You have a song called “Pretoria Girls” – Besides the lyrics used in the song, which terms / phrases / words would you use to describe the ultimate “Pretoria Girl” ?
Lovely and (sometimes) hectic!
What have you up to lately?
We’ve had a really rad year of touring and playing other great shows in SA supporting our album Enjoy Yourself. We toured Japan last month with our good friends Shortstraw which was a really cool vibe. We played festivals in Austria and Germany which was a lot of fun too.
What can music lovers expect from your set at Park Acoustics on the 26th of November?
We love playing at Park Acoustics every year and we always put a bit extra into the shows we enjoy playing so expect a really great sweaty afternoon with us!
I wish Desmond & The Tutus all of the best with their future musical endeavors. Make sure that you catch their set this weekend at Park Acoustics. You won’t be disappointed.
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