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Tell us about your conversations with Soulmate and Smokestack in the run-up to signing both for this concert?

Rudy Wallang has been a friend for a long while now and his musical prowess has been exemplary long before Soulmate was formed. Their journey has been relentless and they have gone from strength to strength with their choice of genre, The Blues, thereby becoming a beacon for musicians to steady their inner blues musician to. Each performance of Soulmate is moving, uplifting, celebratory and exuberant.

Smokestack are a discovery. One of the visions of “Simply The Blues” is to procure and present Blues talent that somehow remains hidden for various reasons. So when I heard of the band, and spoke with them and then heard the way they play the blues, they really intrigued me. It posed another variation to our bouquet of blues artists that we have presented so far.

 

How has the journey been so far for you, on the personal front?

For me the most fulfilling thing is to see the bands walk on to stage and start playing their music to an audience that they would normally not have any access to. The four bands that have played so far are all blues bands but yet each of their musicalities are so different. And the best thing is that its all so entertaining and that in the end is what I want to be able to take away from the evening. Good music and good fun.

 

How do you envision the last concert in January and the forthcoming series after that?

Well, we are trying to plan a few surprises and a finale that will keep the audiences wanting more… and as far as the next series goes, we have a few ideas that have begin to germinate, so prepare for more surprises there.

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