December Performances in Johannesburg


To the Roots hosts South Africa’s best loved music and artists, performing together in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund at the magnificent Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden on 11 December. Shortstraw, Bombshelter Beast, Goliath and Goliath and the National Youth Orchestra are all in the line-up. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon to kick off the December holidays in style!
A live broadcast from the SABC M1 Studio on SAfm is on Monday 12 December, and our final concert is at the Linder Auditorium on 14 …

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Countdown #3: David the Microphone meets Goliath and Goliath

“My name is David, and I am a microphone. My super invisible powers allow me to convert sounds into an electrical signal. I make things louder and better (as long as the sound guy works with me). I came to live with my comedians, Jason and Donovan, a few months ago. They don’t drop me – unlike some people.
I like to talk to people and make them laugh. I am nothing without my speaker-friends who help me to produce various sounds and effects – we go together like Goliath and …

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What does it SOUND like?

The National Youth Orchestra, the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of SA’s most colourful and innovative musicians.

Think Black Cat White Cat meets Brenda Fassie – add an opera singer, a polish refugee, a Manchester born kwaito star and SA’s most cunning linguist, and you have half the picture. The other half is best experienced live! Be taken on a journey from baroque to boeremusiek, comedy to kwaito, and a lot in between – a new South African sound that’s best served hot! Bring comfortable shoes to dance in – your feet will thank you. Shows on 11, 12 and 14 December in Johannesburg.

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Watch Bombshelter Beast!

We are really excited about this video for our concerts in December. A big thank you to the team at Black Gosling who worked so hard conceptualising, directing and filming, Sumo Sound for the Bombshelter Beast recording, Tiger Fight for the mix and the wonderful members of the band and the National Youth Orchestra and friends for being the superstars!
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Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone

Suzy is a Sousaphone. Her relatives come from America, but she was born in Japan in 1989 in the Yamaha factory, and came to live with her musician Alex Hitzeroth, in Johannesburg in 2015. Sousaphones are seen as funny instruments, but really they’re quite sensitive and don’t take to being teased. Suzy is an integral member of Bombshelter Beast, a band that performs a wide variety of music (she’s responsible for keeping the bassline pumping). She used to play in the army band, but she’s left them now in favour of a life made for dancing. She loves dancing.

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Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin

This December I’ll be playing with a band called Bombshelter Beast. Bombshelter What, you ask? That’s what I thought. But then I heard their music – and wow! They made my bow skip a beat! The reason I get to play with them is that we’re doing concerts with the National Youth Orchestra, my regular gig.