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In review: #BONOBOLive

It's an astoundingly beautiful moment when you have a magnificent view of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and you're sitting on the grass at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with a drink in hand, surrounded by happy people, while waiting for a musical sensation like Bonobo to take to the stage.

Nowhere else in the world can you have all of this. It took a lot of social media effort to get Simon Green (aka Bonobo) to come and perform in South Africa, but the fans got the job done. I’m convinced that there was no better way to spend your Friday evening.

Even Cape Town’s capricious weather came to the party to make for a perfect summer evening. The crowd was made up of a colourful mixture of people – from Kloof Street hipsters to the cool kids with kasi flair. You could feel the excitement in the air and everyone was 100% there to be blown away by Bonobo’s upbeat, tranquil electronic sounds.

Bonobo and his eight-piece live band didn’t disappoint. Guest artist, Szjerdene definitely stole the show with her smooth vocals and powerful stage presence. When the band performed “Towers”, you could feel the crowd’s energy reach a peak high. They performed hits from the album Migration, like “Bambro Koyo Ganda”, and it was a beautifully haunting experience. By the end of the show, the crowd most definitely wanted more! And Bonobo obliged.

After seeing this musical sensation live you can truly appreciate why Bonobo has a cult following. This concert was a truly magical experience.

Photography by Christiaan Jonck & Mik Motala Photography
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About Charles Siboto

Charles Siboto is a delightful, youngish person. He firmly believes that kindness matters and cannot abide people who are asshats.