<div class="ExternalClassD1BBD276A76045B0B1AA60A164BA6472"><p>​Line-up of free musical performances at V&A Amphitheatre, presented by Mercedes BenzBask in Cape Town’s long summer evenings and treat your ears to some of the best music South Africa has to offer with the V&A Waterfront’s free Summer Sessions, presented by Mercedes Benz. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>VENUE:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DATE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>TIME</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>ARTIST OR ACT</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, 10 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h00 – 19h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Josh Hawks Band</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, 15 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h00 – 19h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Manouche</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday, 16 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">19h00 – 20h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Watershed</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, 17 December </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16h45 – 17h15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Laurie Levine & Josie Field</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">17h30 – 18.15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Paige Mac</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h30 – 19h15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Digby and the Lullaby</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thursday, 18 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">17h30 – 18h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Deslynn</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h15 – 19h15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>CODA</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Friday, 26 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16h15 – 16h45</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>André Huysamen</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">17h00 – 17h30</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Casper Ace</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h00 – 19h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Clint & Ghapi</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Saturday, 27 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">16h00 – 16h45</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Awesum Noise</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h00 – 19h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Rivertones</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, 29 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18h00 – 19h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Robin Auld</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday, 30 December</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">19h00 – 20h00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Rudimentals</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p> Throughout December musical performances will be taking place regularly at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, with a line-up packed with a wide range of musicians, bands, and performers, to entertain and delight as visitors go about their Christmas shopping.</p><p>First in December’s Summer Sessions offering is the Josh Hawks Band on Wednesday, 10 December from 6 to 7pm. This is an exciting new collaboration between Freshlyground singer and bassist Josh Hawks; long-time Johnny Clegg Band drummer Barry van Zyl; and guitarists Chris Bakalanga from Kinshasa, and James Kibby of Cape Town. The Josh Hawks Band’s varied music style runs through Pan African world beats to punk, rock, and classic Beatle-esque rock and roll, with Chris’s Congolese guitar lines harmonising and interplaying with James’ melodies to create a special sound. The Josh Hawks Band is the coming together of internationally experienced, proudly localised musicians, packaged in the form of a vibrant and proudly South African quartet.</p><p>Start your week off on a good note by relaxing at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre after work on Monday, 15 December, at 6pm, with Manouche’s Summer Sessions performance. Manouche was born of the musicians’ mutual love of ‘gypsy jazz’, a style created back in 1934 that blends American jazz with gypsy rhythmic and melodic concepts. Making up the band is lead guitarist and composer Bernard Kotze, rhythm guitarist Thomas Hugo, violinist Rene Stander, vocalist Lize Dekker (also on the accordion), double bassist Eldred Schilder, and percussionist Martijn van der Merwe. </p><p>Though they have been playing together for the past two years, Manouche has made waves recently with a spate of performances at music venues and festivals across the Western Cape. With occasionally unorthodox instrumentation and a good deal of original material, Manouche truly makes their music their own.Tuesday evening at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre will be filled with the sounds of Watershed on 16 December as the band takes the stage at 7pm. </p><p>Fresh from the release of their fifth studio album, Author, in October this year, Watershed will perform some of their biggest songs for V&A Waterfront visitors, including ‘Shine on Me’, ‘Indigo Girl’, ‘From the Bottom of my Heart’, and ‘Don’t Give Up’, a single from their latest album. Watershed has topped the charts both locally and in Europe since its inception in 1999, and has performed at numerous summer music festivals around Europe. Their distinctive sound includes a touch of new method and style, supported by large sounds of a gospel choir. With more than 16 years’ experience, eight albums, and dozens of South African Music Awards nominations between them, the collaboration between Laurie Levine and Josie Field is certainly worth seeing. </p><p>Performing at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Wednesday, 17 December, from 4.45pm, this folksy, one-of-a-kind duo combines their vocal strengths and differences into special performances that are tailor-made for each audience. Down-to-earth in person and captivating on stage, these soulful songstresses are a potent combo.Following Laurie and Josie’s performance, Paige Mac takes the stage at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 17 December, treating the audience to progressive, acoustic soul sounds, with an edge of folk rock. Paige Mac’s ability to cross cultural and age boundaries means that her varied music has something for everyone to enjoy.</p><p>Rounding off the evening at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 17 December, is Digby and the Lullaby, who return to Cape Town after sold-out shows across the country to treat V&A Waterfront visitors to a captivating blend of indie folk music, as well as their own stories and anecdotes between songs. The band loves theatre culture and aims to bring a little to their shows, focusing on engaging with their audiences and taking them along on the band’s journeys.</p><p>V&A Waterfront visitors will be treated to back-to-back performances on Thursday, 18 December, kicking off with an enthralling performance by Deslynn at 5.30pm. Deslynn, known musically by her first name only, is versatile and energetic in her shows. Her deep love for music began in primary school when she started playing the recorder, but grew to see her studying vocal performance at the Campus for Performing Arts in Cape Town, under the guidance of vocalist Claudia Mohr and Goldfish’s Emily Bruce.Following Deslynn’s soulful performance, CODA steps up to the microphone at 7.15pm on Thursday, 18 December. Featuring Zami Mdingi on vocals, Galina Juritz on the electric violin, Carol Thorns on the electric cello, Judy Brown on the saxophone, and DJ LuvChild, CODA combines electric strings with saxophone and DJ sounds to create an ensemble that traverses different genres from classically-inspired ballads to electro-swing, dub step, reggae, and hip-hop beats. The band has performed internationally, and is releasing their much-anticipated new album this year. Their biggest singles, including ‘Go Insane’ and ‘It’s Still the Music’, are sure to rock the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.Summer Sessions pick up right where they left off the day after Christmas, with a performance by André Huysamen starting at 4.15pm on Friday, 26 December. </p><p>A born and bred Capetonian, André has been an integral, innovative part of the Afrikaans music industry for at least the past four years, giving the energetic and charming performances that only a born entertainer can pull off. His career has been built on a strong live act that’s made him a mainstay on the South African music festival circuit – he’s performed at almost every music festival in the country! With an impressive vocal range of five octaves, André’s notes run from chesty depths to unearthly heights, making this a not-to-be-missed Summer Sessions performance.Casper Ace follows André at 5pm on Friday, 26 December, treating the audience to a performer who is a storyteller working in music. </p><p>Singing in Afrikaans, Casper’s mother tongue, he accompanies himself on the guitar as he relays song tales of life, love, and loss, all inspired by his own personal experience. Casper’s greatest performing gift is his ability to make his songs larger than their tunes, weaving and insightful, musical story tale for his audiences.</p><p>The Family Day Summer Sessions end off with Clint & Ghapi, performing after Casper at the Amphitheatre on Friday, 26 December at 6pm. These phenomenal entertainers are excellent in their own right, with each having performed to standing ovations at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre before. However, together, Clint & Ghapi are a force to be reckoned with and are sure to be spectacular to watch on stage. Their powerful voices and endearing stage personalities are not to be missed in this Summer Sessions performance.</p><p>Awesum Noise, a young upcoming band hailing from Cape Town, will entertain audiences when they kick off Saturday, 27 December’s Summer Sessions at the V&A Amphitheatre at 4pm. The band members met in Jo’ burg three years ago, fast becoming jamming buddies until they entered and won a musical competition at a fundraiser. From this point, Awesum Noise became official. They have performed at the Route 40 music festival in South Africa, where they shared the stage with some of South Africa’s biggest bands and artists.</p><p>Rivertones will rock the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 27 December when they take to the Amphitheatre stage at 6pm to put on a show that ranges from jammin’ Bob Marley tunes and original roots, to reggae and more. Founded in 2006, the Capetonian-based band has performed at music festivals and venues across South Africa, and is headed by founder member Roland, who made his stage debut aged 12. </p><p>Since then, Roland has performed in 15 countries to crowds of 75 000 people with the likes of Bob Marley’s The Wailers and its founder Bunny Wailer.Zambian/Scottish singer Robin Auld will put on a memorable performance at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Monday, 29 December at 6pm, tastefully helping V&A visitors to start bidding adieu to 2014, and easing in to the new year. Born to Ayrshire Scots parents in Lusaka, Zambia, Robin spent his childhood alternating between Southern Africa and Scotland, which has been highly influential on his current African- and Celtic-inspired tunes. Robin’s music has been influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder, and Neil Young, as well as South African artists such as Philip Tabane, Tony Cox, Madala Kunene, and Steve Newman. Robin has been a part of a number of successful bands over the years, notably having hit songs during his time with Z-Astaire, and has taken his music as far abroad as the UK. Overseas, Robin’s sounds evolved from pop-inspired in his earlier career, to a more contemporary mix of root influences seen in his music today. </p><p>The last Summer Session of the 2014 fittingly sees one of South African rock’s biggest bands rocking out 2014. The Rudimentals will rock your socks off at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre starting at 6pm on Tuesday, 30 December in a performance that should not be missed. The band has garnered critical acclaim for their distinct fusion of reggae, ska, rock, drum, bass, and jazz in their music, and has impressively headlined at every music festival in South Africa; from Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live and the Cape Town Jazz Fest, to Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi and Up the Creek. The band has toured with legends such as UB40, and has played alongside Johnny Clegg, Lucky Dube, Prime Circle, and many more, giving them one of the most impressive portfolios in South African music history.</p><p>Catch this eclectic selection of performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre this December, as part of the V&A’s Summer Sessions line-up, presented by Mercedes Benz.</p></div>2014-12-03T22:00:00Z



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