Saturday, February 19, 2011

More music from my trip to South Africa: Freshlyground at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Sorry Hollywood Bowl and Stern Grove, you're just not as pretty.

I had a special treat catching the Capetonian afropop band Freshlyground at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens back in December. It was a gorgeous summer day, we had blankets, food and wine and some kind friends arrived early so that I had a prime viewing spot.

Ever since the World Cup, Freshlyground's popularity has exploded. You remember "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" the official song of the World Cup that Shakira sang? Freshlyground co-wrote and performed the song with her. I was happy to see lead singer Zolani Mahola, violinist Kyla Rose Smith and guitarist Julio "Gugs" Sigauque appear for a second in the official video as well at 2:18.

This video has over 300 million hits by the way... yowzers!

I loved their dancing, especially from bass player Josh Hawks. They put on a great show.

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