Interview with Voodoo Kudu

Voodoo Kudu is a Rock ‘n Roll, Nelspruit based band with the love for old-school music.
They play original songs and covers and describe themselves as “a group having fun playing great rock music and sharing this with other like-minded folks.”

After many suggestions and disagreements, Alan Wicks (Bass) compares it to being in the same difficulty league as naming a baby! They wanted something that related to the Lowveld, hence the “Kudu”. “Voodoo just rhymes and has a bit of a Rock n Roll Jimmi Hendrix kinda vibe. So the name doesn’t really mean anything, we just thought it was cool….and of course we give it horns!”.

The band members are all mates who enjoy music and have played in various bands. When they met Mike (Lead Vocalist), who had just moved to Nelspruit, they got together for a jam and Voodoo Kudu was born.

Brett Coates

When asked what they enjoy the most of being in the Local Lowveld music scene, they mentioned that they get a real kick out of seeing people having fun and relating to the music. “The local music scene is like a big family and we’ve met some really special people though being part of it.”

From left to right: Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

We asked them some quickfire questions: 

Who are the bands biggest influences?

“Many influences ranging from old style blues, classic rock bands like Hendrix, Bad Co etc,  through to more grungy stuff like Collective soul. Also South African gems like Springbok Nude Girls and Seether.”

What is the craziest thing that has happened while playing a gig?

“Besides the technical gremlins and power cuts etc, there was one crazy night when we played Puddle of Muds’s “She F*cking Hates Me” a bunch of old folk jumped up from their table and bounced around the dance floor singing the chorus in full voice…..the benefits of Tequila ha ha!”

What is the song-writing process like?

”We play mainly covers, but the few originals that we have written have started out with Brett coming up with a guitar riff and lyrics. Once we try it out each band member interprets it in his own way and it morphs into something unique.”

How would you uniquely describe your music style?

”Basically old school rock. We like to play the songs that are not generally covered by your typical Pub band, but of course you need to play the familiar favorites as well, It’s what a lot of people want to hear.”

When can we expect an album from Voodoo Kudu and will it have cover songs on it or only originals?

”We are heading to the studio to record a few original numbers next month, not an album as such, but maybe when we have enough tracks down.”

From Left to Right: Brett Coates , Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

Contact Mike For Bookings:

Mike 071 764 6181 or Brett 082 774 5821

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

Interview with Hollowbody

Hollowbody is a Bluesy Pretoria based acoustic duo with the love for old-school music.
Tomas Taljaard and Dirk Jordaan play original songs and covers – mostly “pre-war blues and vintage folk”, but you might also find the occasional bluegrass tune and some “foot-stomping swamp music”.

Hollowbody sings interesting and innovative music using combinations of a Dobro resonator guitar and a mandolin.

Hollowbody covers songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Leadbelly, Doc Watson, Dylan, John Hiatt, and many more. Their originals are composed with “more modern lyrical content but the same honest grounded feel.”

We had the pleasure of speaking to the lead singer, Tomas Taljaard.

I asked him some quickfire questions about Hollowbody- 

How did you guys get into music? What was that one thing that made you think “This is what I want to do”?

“This is a tough question and I don’t think I can answer it accurately. I suppose it’s just something that happened naturally. Some of my earliest memories are of me listening to some of my parents’ tapes.”. Tomas went on to explain that as a toddler, he would listen to artists such as Guns & Roses and The Rolling Stones. He carries on, “There’s never been one defining moment. But there’s an honesty in playing music and performing that I haven’t experienced through any other endeavour.”

What has been your favourite place to play? 

“We were lucky enough to play STRAB in May, in Ponta Malongane.”

He explains that the other half of Hollowbody, Dirk Jordaan, couldn’t make it, but that he was quite blessed to have Peter Toussaint and Dale McHardy join him on stage. He explains that it was an “Overall a life-changing experience.”.

Photo courtesy of “Hollowbody” FB Page
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Tomas goes on to explain that they like to call themselves blues musicians if they had to describe their music style. As per the explanation, the band’s style draws heavily from the early 20th century and even late 19th-century swamp and delta blues, but also folk revivalist, country, bluegrass and all of these elements can be found in their songs. “We like to make music that comes from a time before machines became part of our everyday lives.”.

Photo: Helene Cilliers
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Their plans for the future are to try to keep busy in and around their hometown Pretoria. Tomas mentions that he wants to “write new songs and play them as often as possible. That’s pretty much it”.

They are going to be at Kaapsehoop this weekend to play the Rocking the Trails festival at 15h00 – 15h45 on Saturday.

Contact Dirk For Bookings: 082 776 6856

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

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