Thursday, October 13, 2011

Benguela surprise everyone and play a gig

Alma Cafe
Alma Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town
The corner cafe turned music venue run by a family of musicians, the Alma cafe has grown a reputation as the place to see great bands without having to leave the suburbs. 
Friday 21st October
7:30pm for 8
Booking pretty essential - tables are limited
27(0) 21 685 7377

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Black Southeaster sneaks in at number 47

Richard Haslop's Top 50 albums of any year is always something to behold and we are proud to have snuck in jointly with Carlo's extraordinary labour of love for 2010. The full list will be published, with artwork, in the next two editions of Audio Video magazine.

47.  Benguela – Black Southeaster (Jaunted Haunts Press) // Carlo Mombelli & the Prisoners of Strange – Theory (Instinct Africaine)

-    though a good deal of the music generated by Benguela, a collectively improvising guitar/bass/drums trio from Cape Town, can be considered experimental, “Black Southeaster” can be approached, with just a little patience, as a guitar album operating in a kind of improvisatory post-rock territory where ideas, as likely to originate in a drum roll or the simple resonance of a single bass note as from any carefully constructed guitar riff or loop, germinate and develop, by careful listening and intuitive response, without unnecessary complication and with constant recognition of the need to keep the music within the listener’s grasp, into a series of more or less spontaneous compositions that are as likely to be dark, dense and churning as ramblingly, languorously, billowingly atmospheric – speaking of spontaneity, bass playing composer Mombelli’s Prisoners Of Strange, with Marcus Wyatt improvising brilliantly on a trumpet as asymmetrical as it is atmospheric, the trombone and frequently extraordinary vocals of Siya Makuzeni, and Justin Badenhorst completing an elastic yet dead-on rhythm section, continue, on a third album full of exploratory joy, surprise and what Mombelli calls spontaneous freestyle chamber jazz, to occupy a crucial and perhaps unique place in South African music.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Benguela play Club Voom Voom

Club Voom Voom
70 Loop Street Cape Town
Thursday 7th April
0214262011 R50
Get your spastic shoes on for a night of unadulterated freak-house monkey boogie!! Benguela will be taking it to the next level. We will find "it" and make sure it is transferred to at least one level up, if not two!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

FLOW Social Media Launch

Benguela will be performing at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Tuesday 22 March 2011 at 9pm as part of the For The Love Of Water media launch.

You are invited to the FLOW Social Media launch at The HUB followed by live presentations and performance at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Tuesday 22 March 2011.


This launch is to set in motion the social media campaign ‘for love of water’.

FLOW is a national movement that is raising awareness, advancing education and inspiring action across all sectors of society by instilling a deep appreciation, understanding and respect for water. FLOW is linking people, communities, NGOs, government, corporate, media and youth to mobilise a powerful and unified message in order to activate lasting behaviour change ‘for love of water’.

PART ONE @ THE HUB 16h00 - 18h00

Social Media workshop
Social media enthusiasts will host a collaborative workshop on how to get the message disseminated throughout our popular social media channels such as facebook, twitter, and a pioneering new SA-based platform This 2-hr event aims to educate participants on the power that social media has to change the world, with FLOW as the subject matter. This will connect you to the online communications that spread the movement.

PART TWO @ THE AQUARIUM 20h00 - 22h00

Live presentations
We will be bringing you a host of inspiring speakers to talk about the water theme and FLOW movement, including an introduction to The HUB.

Justin Friedman - founder, for love of water
Hanli Prinsloo - celebrated freediver & founder of the 'i am water' trust
and more..

Live Music collaboration
Be treated to a surprise performance by special guest artists singing for love of water, followed by an out of this world water-like soundscape performed live by the innovative instrumental jazz outfit Benguela, complete with a unique VJ show by Image Master Blink.

Background music by Fletcher
Sound sponsored by Hellfire Productions