This is a charity gig review for the MyLifE Foundation, so let me try not to be too critical about the bands as the MyLifE Foundation works with homeless youths and children, and is a very worthy cause. I am pleased to say that it raised a commendable R51 000 on the night through an unusual auction (but more on that later). I was seriously blown away by some of the artists showcased, but I must admit that a few found me stifling yawns and wishing I had matchsticks to keep my eyes open.
Oh dear. Unfortunately, the first performer of the night, Lousie Day, was one of those artists. She has a pretty voice (and face), but she's really really really really boring. I guess she's okay if you like that type of non-offensive floppy pop background sound, but I struggled to stay awake and I don't think it was even eight o'clock yet. The next band, Jack Mantis, were better with their brand of acoustic, socially-conscious music. They also invited some of the individuals who will benefit greatly from support to the My LifE Foundation to guest sing on their last track.
Too much Scream and not enough ice
Plush were next. Wow, I thought these guys had pretty much called it a day and, even though they are pretty nondescript, I can't really be mean about them because of Rory's obvious enthusiasm and the enjoyment that he gets from performing. I don't think I've ever seen anyone so happy and smiley; it's infectious.
I Scream and the Chocolate Stix were announced next and, never having heard of them before, I got all excited for a moment and thought they were actually going to bring out ice scream on chocolate sticks (yum). But, alas, it was four-piece funk hip hop band. I was kinda feeling them for the first song, Cape Town, but they then lost all my respect when the next song they sang was dedicated to, and about, Mr 2Oceansvibe blogger Seth Rotherham. Ugh. Gag, giant deep throat fest of note. If you have a strong stomach you can listen to it below.
Ok now I'll stop being nasty. On to the better half of the night. The very talented and diminutive Zolani, from Freshly Ground, honoured us with a beautiful acapella rendition of a few songs, including an amazing and spine-tingling rendition of a Bob Dylan song (the title of which I can't remember today and Google has failed me).
This was followed by the equally amazing, if not more so, Vusi Mahlasela who with just his soulful voice and acoustic guitar played some truly beautiful and stirring songs. This man has a true deep-seated passion and it's impossible not to feel it radiating from the stage and making your own heart sing just a little.
Ard Matthews, global ambassador for MyLifE, and Theo Crous were next and played Springbok's Blue Eyes and, even though Ard had to read the lyrics, it was a pretty good rendition. They followed it with the ever-popular What He Means.
Taking one in the face?
Then the auction began. Sindy and I had joked earlier that they might fling the dreads of the recently shorn Ard into the crowd, and we wondered if it would be considered a good thing if you took one in the face. Obviously, so it seems, by the amount one dread made at the auction: a whopping total of R11 000 was bid (Now imagine if he had auctioned all of them). Next, an acoustic guitar signed by all the artists showcased that night managed to raise R40 000 for the worthy MyLifE Foundation.
I Scream and the Chocolate Stix sucked so bad - who are these goons anyway?! They may as well have planted their lips on Rottingham's buttocks. Come back when you're able to make real music you phonies.Well done to Ard and the rest of the musicians, you guys were great. Posted on 10 Sep 2010 15:52
...that this entire production was done for charity- nobody cares that you lack knowledge in the local music culture & up and coming artists...BTW the dreadlock went to the highest bidder for R11 000. It seems you spent half your energy that evening thinking about how you are going to write a nasty controversial piece when instead you could have written more about MyLifE Organisation. Posted on 13 Sep 2010 13:00
What a bunch of KNOBS!!!! Weren't you informed that it was an intimate acoustic session for a good cause not to entertain you someone who can't spell even the hosts name properly, never mind thinking that Plush had called it a day just as the arrive back from touring Europe! Forget matchsticks, take the ear buds out your ears and use them to keep your eyes open, or just stay at home you nothing but negative vibes!!! To all the artists that gave up there night for a good cause, WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!!!! I thought you all were great! Posted on 14 Sep 2010 09:03
Lol tRUTH sCOOPER that's pretty good, gotta give you props for that. Yeah I suppose my review does come across as a little harsh (especially for a charity gig) but please don't see it as showing any disrespect to the MyLifE foundation, major props goes to them and the people involved in organising the event. I just wasn't feeling all the artists on show that night, sorry. And once again apologies for the stupid typo's and inaccuracies, no excuses for those. Posted on 14 Sep 2010 10:56
are a very unstable, angry person and should not be writing anywhere besides in your own diary - where you can keep your drinking problem to yourself and not expose us to your downers and hangovers. Posted on 14 Sep 2010 22:23
Come on, why the venom? So Ruth had some 'Ard' luck, so stef off. Hoo amung yoo hes not maid a speling mistak? Besides, is EVERY artist reviewed supposed to get rave reviews? If so, what's the point of reviews? Posted on 15 Sep 2010 09:51
one spelling mistake and the world comes to an end!!!!! Im sure all those who are going on about the ONE SPELLING MISTAKE THAT'S NOW CORRECTED has had 100% every single time for the their spelling test in primary school or they probably writing the next oxford dictionary. they will probably try and rectify what ever mistake this comment has or the one above!!! geez get a life Posted on 15 Sep 2010 09:56
Yo, T.T.H., "To all the artists that gave up there night for a good cause"... "there" should be "their", oh... and "hosts" should be either "host's" if a singular host, or "hosts'" if moire than one. Score: 2:1. Beware of wearing out your "!" key through overwork, BTW. Posted on 15 Sep 2010 10:07
i really don't care about the spelling mistakes made by Ruth or myself. That was not the point of my comment, I just think that her write up was personal and should have been kept that way! If you don't like 'potatoes' and a band sings a song about 'potatoes' does that make you hate the band too? Is that not just a bit lame for a critic? At the end of the day its over and should be put to rest, PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now the key don't work no more;-) Posted on 15 Sep 2010 14:34
Maybe Ruth likes all vegetables, but they have to taste good - if the vegetables taste disgusting I'm hoping she says so, so that I won't eat the vegetables at the place she ate them. Music reviews, food reviews - they're all the same dude, all the same. Is it not enough to say, "Ruth, I disagree, that Rottingham song was off the hook..."? No, you had to attack her with earbuds. Either way, I hope your venting has helped you release some of that pent up rage. Posted on 15 Sep 2010 17:36
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