The Old Mutual Music at the Lake continues its commitment to bringing topline acts to the Durban Botanic Gardens every month by presenting one of the most celebrated musicians ever to come out of our country – Johnny Clegg. Clegg will be headlining the Music at the Lake concert at the Gardens on the 13th of May (Mother’s Day).
The continued association with the Botanic Gardens allows Old Mutual to ensure funds are raised to maintain and improve biodiversity.
Johnny Clegg is a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight. Whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa’s greatest musical exports. He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador.
Says Johnny Clegg, “Living in the City, it is extremely important to reconnect with a living environment that lives and breathes independently of the cities artificial man-made character. We know from psychological studies that the colour green produces feelings of calmness and pleasure. Botanical Gardens remind us that within this space thousands of living trees, plants, flowers, and all the insects, birds and small mammals, have a place in our life. It is a wonderful thing to go to such a space and rediscover this fundamental truth.”
Clegg will be in good company on the day as the brilliant Hot Water will be opening the show. The eclectic and unique band’s music incorporates elements of traditional South African music (such as
Kwela, Mbaqanga, Maskandi and Kwasa Kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock.
Southern African music has a natural instinct for celebration and Hot Water’s live
performances have a magical way of spontaneously warming any event – and is certainly bound to do so at the Gardens!
The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series presents live concerts every month throughout the year at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Proceeds from the performances go towards an innovative people and plant development programme, the Garden Window Project, within the Durban Botanic Gardens. and the Wildlands Conservation Trust’s Trees for Life initiative which sees community members growing trees to support their livelihoods.
For more information about this and other events at the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit the website – www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za or call the Info Centre 031 322 4021.
The next act to grace the stage at the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is Mango Groove on the 10th of June.