Karoo Saloon presents
We welcome Matt Vend and his friends on their Cape Tour.
Matt Vend and SomGav have been playing and touring independently for a number of years yet have never collaborated until now. Matt is no stranger to the live music scene with countless tours, shows, and DIY albums under his belt. This year alone he has spent almost half of the year living out of his car, playing in almost every nook and cranny of the country. Matt bumped into Somgav one day on the Durban beachfront and this interaction has led the eclectic songwriter to produce the isiZulu folk singer’s first recordings as well as, invite him on an extensive national tour.
SomGav takes influence from legendary isiZulu singers of previous generations such as the acclaimed Madala Kunene yet weaves his own new style of guitar playing titled, “NgciNgci” which is a combination of numerous genres including traditional African music, rock, and grunge. Matt Vend’s music is hard to categorize, and he is one of the only songwriters in South Africa who has managed to fuse folk/punk/poetry and African rhythms into a cocktail of upbeat and heartfelt compositions, which has taken the independent musician all over the world.
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