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Hotwater:

Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of South Africa recently. The Citizen

South African singer, song-writer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, facilitator and band leader, Donovan Copley, has a talent not only for creating uplifting and authentic South African music, he has the knack for bringing together a consistently evolving group of musicians from very diverse backgrounds with an ever-fresh musical result that leaves audiences feeling inspired and proud to be South African.

And for the foreign audience, Hot Water opens a gateway to the soul and spirit which Africa and South Africa has to offer. In a world in crisis Hot Water's music brings space, perspective and insight as well as inevitably drawing people to their feet.

Hot Water's Live performance is a dynamic and often spontaneous tapestry of inspired songs from one of their two album and their upcoming third album. Donovan compares the band to a wheel, seeing himself as the hub in the centre while the band and collaborators hold and help the whole wheel spin.

Simply put: the music brings people together - across ages, across cultures, across races, across gender, across borders. Hot Water creates a space where people from any background have the opportunity to relate on common ground.

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Gerald Clark:

Gerald Clark has been the front man for red-hot bluesband, Delta Blue, since they started performing together in 1999.Up until 2005 they have performed at all the major festivals in South Africa and smaller music venues where they played for sold out crowds. Gerald Clark wrote and produced the latest 2 of their albums.

Gerald Clark has gone solo since and has been nominated for various music awards in South Africa of which a Sama nomination stands out as the most prestigious. His solo career has since taken off and he is booked throughout SA and has also performed in France, England and Namibia. Gerald Clark has also collaborated professionally with well known artists in SA like Albert Frost,Luna Paige,Valiant Swart,VanCokeKartel,Gian Groen,Theo Crous(Springbok Nude Girls and Koos Kombuis.

His latest blues\rock album has gotten very good reviews and Gerald has been booked at some of the countries most prestigious festivals and Blues related gatherings performing along side the countries best musicians. His vibrant and energetic performance on stage is not to be missed!

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Gary Thomas:

“Manipulating guitar strings so that they converse in a new language… a psychedelic one-man anti-folk jamming machine” - Cape Argus

“Rupturing the conventional One- Man Guitar/ Vocals Mould” - Mail & Guardian

“Technical Wizardry…the real definition of an artist” - Levi’s Music Mag

“Beautiful, emotive… undeniably a name to watch” – SL Magazine

“He possesses more than mere skill…he is armed with mastery” - Mahala

Gary Thomas was born and raised in Durban, South Africa in 1983. After completing a music degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Cape Town in 2006 and started psychedelic Nu-Folk duo Cabins in the Forest with Andy Jamieson. The duo split in late 2008 to focus on solo work. Gary has always been focused as a solo artist and since January 2009 he has completed relentless Nationwide Tours of South Africa, playing to more than 30 different towns in the country, including all the Major Music Festivals.

Shortly after moving to Cape Town, Gary recorded his debut solo album “Wooden Boxes & Thought Hunting” whilst ‘Cabins’ was in development. The album was something of an underground gem in the Western Cape and was officially released in January at the start of his solo career.

Drawing inspiration from a wide spectrum of music, he combines the technical and theoretical elements of his teenage Classical and his University Jazz trainings, mixed with something completely original to produce a genre off Acoustic music that is unlike anything South Africa has seen before. From percussive finger- tapping, to virtuosic picking and violent strumming, his guitar work has earned praises like “masterful, wizardry, genius” in the press. Vocally, Gary manages to deliver an impressive range where his voice in one instant softly hovers and violently snarls in the next. A subtle use of Fx pedals and alternative techniques help create an uncanny tone and timbre. Using most of his body when he performs, he dedicates his left foot to a custom- made stomp box which emits a full bass boom and drives the music towards higher and more grandiose soundscapes.

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River Tones:

The Rivertones perform roots 'skankin' reggae at it's best and work hard to spread the ancient truth of "One Love" and togetherness.

The Rivertones have performed internationally numerous times, and back home in South Africa their performances range from weddings, to township shebeens to restaurant and music festivals.

In Cape Town, The Rivertones are known for their Tribute Shows to the legend Bob Marley... GeckoFest is your chance to experience the Rivertones performing their own original reggae tunes, live and loud!

The Rivertones are: Roland (guitar & vocals), Mzamo (bass and vocals), Jerry (drums) and Alex (keys and vocals). Join the waves of Irie rhythm and dance with us!

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  Narrow Escapes:

A birthday braai that turned into a jamming music session birthed the band Narrow Escapes. Comprising 3 young guys all living in Cape Town, each with a strong musical background developed from early childhood, collectively showing talent on seven or eight musical instruments ranging from piano, saxophone, guitar and drums, to name but a few.

The band members are:
Will Theron – guitar and main vocals
Julian Schnehage – bass
Rico Wessels – drums and backing vocals

Although their jamming sessions began with playing covers, Narrow Escapes now write and play their own music. Having individually performed in-front of various audiences across South Africa and Europe they now combine their musical passions and talents to jam on local stage.

This young music ensemble is set to wow crowds!

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