PR: Dave Matthews live in SA, with Vusi Mahlasela

From time to time, this blog will run press releases when it seemed the news is just too damned good not to share. Like this one, which sees Dave Matthews coming back to his birth-country of South Africa (finally!), and playing with our own Vusi “The Voice” Mahlasela (who is released in the US on Dave Matthews’ label). This press release was issued by Big Concerts and may have been edited for style.

The Dave Matthews Band (courtesy Dave Matthews Band / ATO Records / Big Concerts)

The Dave Matthews Band (courtesy Dave Matthews Band / ATO Records / Big Concerts)

 

Big Concerts announced today that Dave Matthews Band will tour South Africa for the very first time performing in Cape Town on 30 November 2013 (Grand Arena, GrandWest) and in Johannesburg on 3 December 2013 (Coca-Cola Dome), presented by 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net. Another Big Concerts Experience. Tickets on sale from www.bigconcerts.co.za or Computicket from 9am, Tuesday 11 June 2013.

 

Dave Matthews Band – comprising Carter Beauford (drums), Jeff Coffin (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), Tim Reynolds (guitar), Rashawn Ross (trumpet), Boyd Tinsley (violin) and Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) – has sold  37 million CDs and DVDs combined. The group ranked as the biggest touring act worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 18 million tickets since its inception.

 

Dave Matthews Band will be supported by music legend Vusi Mahlasela. Vusi has shared the stage with StingLadysmith Black MambazoJosh GrobanPaul SimonRay LaMontange, among many others.  One of his proudest moments was when he helped ring in the 2010 Soccer World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at the FIFA Kickoff Concert.

 

Vusi Mahlasela has released seven studio albums on Sony Records and is signed to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records in North America; his hit songs include Silang MabeleWhen You Come Back, and Say Africa.

 

Dave Matthews Band is touring in support of its latest album, Away From The World, which Rolling Stone named as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2012 while The New York Times’ Jon Pareles noted: “The songs have grown-up concerns, from lifelong love to the entire sweep of human history, in settings that range from sparse intimacy to intricate folk-and-funk excursions.” Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the record entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, making Dave Matthews Band the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut atop the chart.

 

Born in Johannesburg, Dave Matthews went to high school at St Stithians College but moved to New York in 1986. He has never performed in South Africa and this will be the first opportunity to watch Dave Matthews Band live in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

 

Tour Itinerary 

 

Cape Town – Saturday 30th November 2013

(Presented by 567 CapeTalk and M-NET)

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from bigconcerts.co.za  and Computicket priced R400 – R600

 

Johannesburg – Tuesday 3rd December 2013

(Presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-NET)

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket priced R400 – R675

 

From time to time, this blog will run press releases when it seemed the news is just too damned good not to share. Like this one, which sees Dave Matthews coming back to his birth-country of South Africa (finally!), and playing with our own Vusi “The Voice” Mahlasela (who is released in the US on Dave Matthews’ label). This press release was issued by Big Concerts and may have been edited for style.

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