The days leading up to the concert were cold and wet. But the thought of having my sister by my side made the day seem more bearable, and the fact that she had to call in sick … Having fun was not an option.
My sister and I arrived at the picturesque concert venue – Kirstenbosch. We were blown away by how serene and idyllic it was.
We sat on a bench as we waited for the doors to open. After forming a brief line, we were in. We set up our blanket and laid out our picnic basket under grey skies as we eagerly awaited the music of John Wizards to warm our hearts (getting actually warm seemed out of the question).
After an hour, the band took to the stage. The intro sounded like something that Swedish House Mafia had come up with. And with that, they made a fan out of me. This Cape Town band has a distinctive sound that’s a fusion of 1980s funk, Afro-jazz, reggae, soukous and uniquely South African genres (maskandi, mbaqanga & Shangaan) ,which sets this band apart. There were some audio problems because I struggled to hear what lead singer, John Withers (vocalist and guitarist) was saying. The enthusiasm of keyboardist and guitarist, Geoff Brink was what made me realise how passionate this band was. Brink, was in the zone.He did this trance like step, which took me on this surreal journey to a place of endless possibilities. Geoff Brink, was the unofficial hype man.
‘Limpopo’, the song which made me a fan within a matter of seconds.
John Wizards had an amazing set which included ‘Lusaka by Night’ and ‘Tet Lek Schremp’. There last song was ‘Muizenberg’, but after hearing how sad we were to see them go, they performed another song.
My feet were itching during the first few seconds of hearing them play and I started tapping my feet, bobbing my head and clapping my hands as I let the sound of John Wizards take over. Although we were outside, it didn’t really feel that cold because this band came with a passion that burned like fire. It was infectious and it left me with this warm feeling of being entertained, and somehow wanting more.
This was my/our first time to attend a concert as part of the Summer Sunset Concert Series.Braving the weather (with my raincoat) to see John Wizards live was the best decision I made since being on holiday. Having my sister by my side, made it that much better.
*John Wizards performed at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Sunday, 27 March 2016*
by Christine Diampovisa