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Saturday, March 19 • 11:00pm - Sunday, March 20 •12:00am
Tidal Waves

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The crowd is skanking in unison, bouncing up and down like an irie earthquake of rhythm. The maestro with the guitar stops blowing his harmonica and leans into the microphone and shouts: 'Original Music! For Original People!' The crowd screams back in togetherness. The maestro smiles and hits them with another song. Tidal Waves are widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, playing gigs from Oppikoppi to Pretoria, Cape Town to Potchefstroom. Originally from Klerksdorp, a small dustbowl gold mining town about two hours South of Jozi, the band is now based in Yeoville, Johannesburg. The band is made up of five very gifted musicians, the core of the group is held together by Jacob 'Zakes' Wulana on guitar, harmonica and vocals and Sam 'Drumbo' Shoai on drums and vocals. Shadrack “Charlie” Mathopa is on the bass and Abraham “Abrie” Mmakola plays the keys, while Jaco “Mr.” Mans wields the lead guitar. Tidal Waves write and perform original reggae music with traditional African music influences like maskandi and mbaqanga. The sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues influences. The band is renowned for performing music in more than 3 languages. Like all good reggae, their lyrics are socially conscious and uplifting, railing against the government for not respecting the Rainbow Nation and imploring their fans to stand up for integration and one love. Other songs have deeply rooted anti war sentiments, while others lament the sad tales of urban South African poverty and the struggle to survive as musicians in the global capitalist economy. Their performances are always high energy and the band plays regularly in Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as touring and gigging nationwide, especially the mother city of Cape Town. Tidal Waves have taken their original music tours to Mozambique, Swaziland and as far abroad as New Zealand and the Seychelles. They also have several successful tours of Europe under their belts, where they performed at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium and the Mano Mundo festival in the Netherlands, as well as a packed schedule of medium size venues across Belgium and Italy. Tidal Waves are widely respected in South African music circles as an honest, hard working band with an original sound and irie vibes. Because of this they have some of the most ardent, die-hard fans and supporters in the SA music industry. The band was recently featured in the local documentary South Africa Live – a Musical Affair (aired on MTV Base in September) alongside artists such as Freshlyground, Simphiwe Dana and the Parlotones. 2009 marks the 10-year anniversary of Tidal Waves – a decade of original music for original people! The band has just finished recording their latest album “Manifesto” which is due for independent release in November / December 2009. Discography 1999 - Hard Work (Jozi Vibes / BMG) 2002 - Harmonijah (Independent Release) 2005 - Muzik an da Method (Independent Release) 2007 – Afrika (Sheer Sound with Oppikoppi Productions) 2009 – Manifesto (Independent Release) Tidal Waves played a steaming and catching reggae set at the 2005 Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. It was amazing to see how they pulled a fully crowded tent at an alternative festival at the same time as Nick Cave was playing, and got all the people to dance. They really represented the good and bad sides of South Africa with their warm and sunny - but also political - music. Off stage we also greatly appreciated these 100% pure people. Chokri Mahassine, Pukkelpop ‘I've seen Tidal Waves play in a lot of different places already. From a youth house to a casino, from a pub to the famous Pukkelpop festival and I must say, they impress every audience. Definitely one of the best live bands that I have had the pleasure to work with.’ Hans De Reydt, Blafhik Productions This band should raise the South African reggae flag worldwide. They will surely follow in the late South African Reggae father Lucky Dube’s footsteps with their uniquely African Reggae sound. Kwelagobe Sekele, Music Industry Online Though reggae, especially in South Africa, is seen by many as a somewhat limited genre with a loyal but relatively small following, Tidal Waves long ago transcended such stylistic limitations, appealing to all sorts with their clarion call of “original music for original people.” And it’s not just a catchy phrase but a philosophy they follow rigorously, garlanding their basic reggae vibes with a polyglot of influences, creating in the process a sound unlike that of any other reggae band on the planet. JHB Live Tidal Waves are possibly South Africa’s most fearless reggae band. They consistently produce some of the bravest and most hard hitting social commentary in their music. They have found the perfect balance between getting your groove on, and making valid and inspiring social commentary. And music with a message just seems so much more valuable. The music off their new album, Africa, refuses to step back from that incisive cutting social commentary and innovative blending of sounds. Levi’s Original Music Magazine Just as one has not lived the full gamut of South African music until you've heard, say, Natascha Roth perform Busi Mhlongo's Yisa Wabant'a Bami, so too, it is an Mzansi must to catch Tidal Waves playing Lekker Dans, their take on sakkie-sakkie, to a predominantly white Afrikaans audience at an Oppikoppi Festival main stage. Evan Milton, Cape Argus Tidal Waves. Epic name. And it suits their sound – a swell and crash of roots rock reggae with a slow, seductive undertow and a spray of intense energy. They’re humble, hard working, and happy souls. They’ve made challenging life choices and they carry their message with pride. Songs of global domination, the evils of an economy out of balance, spiritual insights and lekker lekker dans are run through with energy and positive intention. And with years of experience, they are equally enthusiastic about emerging talent trailing the country and what it means to the morale of the motherland. Levi's Original Music Magazine

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The crowd is skanking in unison, bouncing up and down like an irie earthquake of rhythm. The maestro with the guitar stops blowing his harmonica and leans into the microphone and shouts: 'Original Music! For Original People!' The crowd screams back in togetherness. The maestro smiles... Read More →

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