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Nelson Mandela Bay residents are in for a treat with an all-star line-up at the inaugural Cape Recife Music Festival, taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay on the 23rd of September.

The festival, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, forms part of the annual gathering of South Africa's single-fin longboard surfers at the Cobbles Classic, now in its fifth year.
Top artists including Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutu's, Farryl Purkiss, Charlie Finch, Too Many Chiefs, ZA'frotronixx and The Brothers will be performing live at the festival, taking place within the pristine Cape Recife Nature Reserve.

“The Cape Recife Music Festival has been introduced as part of the natural growth of the Cobbles Classic, and promises to be a fun filled day out for the whole family,” said event organiser, Danie Brink.
“The festival is designed as a family-friendly experience, catering for everyone. We have live music, food trucks, craft stalls and a kids’ play zone for children between the ages of two and 12,” said Brink.
Brink said festival goers could look forward to a wide variety of gourmet food from the various food trucks, which have gained popularity in Nelson Mandela Bay over the past few years.

Brink said the idea for the festival had grown out of the success of the Cobbles Classic, which celebrated 60’s style single fin longboard surfing, and the laid-back logging lifestyle that went with it.
“The Classic has been hosted at Cobbles Point since 2013 and has been growing every year, and through the festival we are able to make the event more inclusive and accessible to everyone,” he said.
Brink said festival goers were encouraged to bring their sunscreen, sunglasses and caps as well as picnic blankets to sit on in front of the main stage. He said no food or drink would be allowed to be brought into the festival grounds.

“There will be plenty of food and beverages available, as well as ablution facilities,” he said.
Tickets are available through for just R125 per ticket, with children under 12 tickets available at just R30. For more information, festival goers can visit our Facebook page.

Issued by: DSC Media
On behalf of: The Cape Recife Music Festival
Contact: Event Organiser Danie Brink – 079 494 3231



Born in Cape Town, Matthew Mole never thought he’d become a full-time musician, but life had other plans.

Mole started off learning to play guitar with the help of his dad, while playing covers and writing his own songs. He went on to study music production after school, which informs his approach to writing music – starting with a lyrical idea, a rhythm or a melody, he records different instruments, switching back and forth, until the layers gradually build into a finished song.
This technique was used to great effect in the genesis of stomping folk-pop single ‘Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine.’
Modern folk bands such as Mumford & Sons are a clear influence, but Mole’s production-led style is also informed by electronic music like Passion Pit. This contrast of the acoustic and electronic is a subtle backdrop to the debut LP The Home We Built, which became an iTunes No.1 album in July – the first time a native South African had ever reached the top spot.
Mole’s live show sees the singer-songwriter juggling guitar, synth, kick drum and triggered beats on stage. MATTHEW MOLE – LIGHT:


Lead Vocals: Shane Durrant
Guitar: Douglas Bower
Drums: Craig Durrant
Desmond & The Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique, some might call it niche, brand of kwela-indie-punk for just on ten years. But to call it niche would be entirely missing the point; the Tutus are more shape-shifters than niche.
The Tutus have toured extensively internationally, opening, on their 2009 UK tour, for The Vivian Girls, The Soft Pack and Women. They played at one of the last, and legendary, Optimo parties at The Sub Club in Glasgow and somehow managed to sell out their first European headliner at Vanner och Bekanta in Stockholm.
The band has sold out shows all over Japan, backed up by a number of album releases by Osaka-based record label Flake Records. So basically, people LIKE this band. The Tutus have played headline slots at just about every notable South African music festival and local live music venue in the country.
Their latest album, Enjoy Yourself, won the SAMA for Best Rock Album in 2016. The album is a collection of indie-rock anthems, pretty love songs and pulsing disco hits and is the band’s most successful release to date. DESMOND & THE TUTUS – TATTOO:


Farryl Purkiss is a South African-born singer-songwriter. He self-released an EP in 2005 (Chapter One) that created waves in his home town of Durban, and later that year he began talks with 2Feet Music.
He was signed to 2Feet Music soon after and started performing heavily outside of South Africa, leading up to the release of his full-length debut album, Farryl Purkiss released in South Africa in 2007, to high acclaim, chart success and award nominations.
Fruitbats & Crows (2009) was the long-awaited follow-up, securing a SAMA award in the process.
Purkiss has toured Australia three times, Europe, USA and of course, South Africa and has had radio success in all of the above territories, including Japan and a No. 1 in France. In 2007 he was voted the most popular musician by Heat Magazine (South Africa) and has been featured by every major newspaper, magazine, TV show and radio station in South Africa.
He finished his 3rd full-length record Home, which was recorded on a farm in the suburb Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014. It was released to massive critical acclaim and a SAMA nomination. FARRYL PURKISS - SERAPHINE:


Charlie Finch - Youtube link
Charlie Finch is a singer-songwriter with a strong folk-pop music focus, born and raised in Nelson Mandela Bay. He studied his Bachelor of Music at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where he secured his Grade 8 and performers in vocals, as well as studying drums.
Finch has opened for bands such as Freshlyground, Prime Circle and Dan Patlansky. His emotionally stirring, folky pop song If I Ever Let You Down, the first single from Finch’s debut album Life’s Journey grabs at the heartstrings from the first listen. The song has been favourably received, reaching #2 on Algoa Fm’s top 30 charts.
“I’ve always been fascinated with music’s ability to stir emotions in people, paint a picture, or even bring people together. I think that’s probably my favourite part about music,” said Finch. CHARLIE FINCH - IF I EVER LET YOU DOWN:


Emile Naidu | Rob Brown | Iain Maughan-Brown | Jarryd Steele
Too Many Chiefs is an Indie Rock band based in Port Elizabeth, which recently launched their first EP consisting of six of their original songs.
Describing themselves as “four friends who were interested in just jamming” the band realised they had a decent bunch of songs together and decided to start taking things a bit more seriously. TOO MANY CHIEFS - SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN:


The Brothers hail from Port Elizabeth, the windy, friendly city. Here they skank up a little storm with their band of reggae, funk and rock, infused with heady doses of improvisation - a unique genre known as Skafrica.
Drummer Lloyd Martin is a consummate beat master who hails from Cape Town, but spent the last 30 years in Johannesburg doing sessions and projects like the Castle adverts featuring “Africa” and “More than a feeling” and “Prisoners of strange”, with Carlo Nombelli, Johnny Fourie and Marcus Wyatt, among others.
Boet Strydom, a veteran of the Holiday Inn-covers circuit, decided to pack it in and farm chickens in Uitenhage 15 years ago. He finally decided to see the light and now plays keys for the group.
Joe van der Linden on lead guitar and vocals has lived at length in Cape Town but missed Port Elizabeth too much so returned. He enjoys old 60’s amps and a variety of guitars to plug through them. In his time, he has played with Valiant Swart, Sons of trout, Delta Blue, The Zaps, Zolani Mahola and more. He writes some of the tunes too.
Etienne Verster is the bubbly freak who galvanised The Brothers. He sings and plays percussion and his “Brappe” body language and facial expressions add an art vibe to The Brothers. He loves his performing and music so much that everyone in the room and the band feels it!
David Houghton hops between tuba, bass guitar and guitar. David studied and worked with arranger/pianist, Noel Stockton and studied classical guitar with Stefan Velkov. Whilst living in Bloemfontein, he was a member of the award winning Afrikaans band, ddisselblom.
Graham Beyer is a musical freak of nature, multi-instrumentalist with the focus on the mental. He cut his teeth in the Drakensberg Boys Choir, where he learnt to sight read flyshit and honed his ear and musical memory to prodigious proportions. Later, as a student of UCT’s jazz programme, he became the first-call trombonist for the top acts of the time, including Winston Mankunku, Jimmy Dludlu and award-winning Kusasa.
The Brothers show is an unpretentious cross-section of South African culture cut through with a musical scalpel: a fusion as robust and incidental as South African culture itself. THE BROTHERS - LIFE IS SWEET:


Zani Sizani (the vocalist) and AfroTronixx (the band).
ZA’frotronixx Experiment is a project featuring four young and upcoming talents, profoundly in love with music. The group see themselves as a new wave that strives to bring a new image to Africa, importing experiences from other parts of the world, blending them into a mix spiced up with the African way of doing things. This brings in a new taste which is unique and undiscovered.
“As ZA’frotronixx Experiment, we choose to express that new wave through this powerful medium of communication which is music. Deep lovers of house, neo soul, jazz, afrobeat, reggae, zouglou, coupe decale and many other African and international genres,” explained lead vocalist, Zani Sizani.
“We have decided to step out together and bring our contribution to this movement. Our philosophy is reflected through our music which is a consistent blend of soul mixed into pleasant afro vibes,” Sizani said.

This press release has been distributed by DSC Media on behalf of Loggers Union and the Cape Recife Music Festival. Find The Cape Recife Music Festival on Facebook - see link below.