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Madonna, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Elton John and Rod Steward, Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 021 914 8898 21 Apr, 7pm, Black Bear Swings, Upper Eastside Hotel, Brickfield Road, Woodstock, 021 404 0570 21, 22 Apr, 8pm, Afri-Spaans, Spanish singer Marta Gomez with Anna Davel, the CH2 guitar duo, and Steve Hofmeyr (!), directed by Sandra Prinsloo in a production of passionate Latino rhythms intertwined with evergreen Afrikaans songs, Artscape Opera House, 1–10 DF Malan Street, Foreshore, 021 421 7839 23 Apr, 8pm, 7th Night of the Legends Concert, Artscape, 1–10 DF Malan Street, Foreshore, 021 421 7839 24 Apr, 3pm, In HIS Presence Gospel Concert, Artscape, 1–10 DF Malan Street, Foreshore, 021 421 7839 27 Apr, 8.30pm, Spontaneous Combustion Blues Band,

Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville , 021 979 1911, www.dieboer.com 28 Apr, 7pm, Dave Ferguson, Upper Eastside Hotel, Brickfield Road, Woodstock, 021 404 0570 29 Apr, 8.30pm, Wicus van der Merwe, Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville, 021 979 1911 30 Apr, 8.30pm, The Studebakers, Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville, 021 979 1911 5 May, 7pm, Nick Turner, Upper Eastside Hotel, Brickfield Road, Woodstock, 021 404 0570 6 May, Cyberpunks, The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street, District Six, 021 465 7286 7 May, Holiday Murray Album Launch, The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street, District Six, 021 465 7286 7 May, 8pm, Stellenbosch University Jazz Band,

conducted by Felicia Lesch and featuring the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Endler Hall, cnr Neethling and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch, 021 808 2345 10–11 May, 8pm, Roxette, the Swedish pop band makes a stop in Cape Town on their 2011 World Tour to promote their new album, Charm School. With hits such as “The Look” and “It must have been love”, the Grand Arena is sure to be full of leg warmers and blue eye shadow as fans get into the spirit of the 1980s. Grand Arena, Grand West, 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, 021 505 7777

021’S CLUB OF THE SEASON Have you heard the eclectic beats coming out of Club Voom Voom, the newly refurbished Bang Bang club? Owner and DJ Fred Jaquier tells 021 about his musical odyssey. My love of music began with listening to my mother play Chopin on the piano. I started playing piano at age four and began to play more seriously when I was a teenager. I was always more interested in improvising and creating music than learning to play existing tracks. In the 1980s, when a friend came back from London, he turned me on to the whole revival mod movement. I heard Jimmy Smith playing the Hammond organ. Amazing. I loved going to the second-hand markets and collecting vinyl records. I love vinyl. Now I’ve got a collection of 12 000 records. I started DJing in 1984 by accident when my friend was too drunk to play and he asked me to take over. After three songs, the crowd was grooving. It was so exciting. I rocked the party. At the end someone asked me if I would play at their party for R750. Well of course I was going to do that! I was enjoying it and he was paying. In the early 1980s, there were no DJs playing my kind of alternative sounds. I started doing a lot of gigs and got my first resident DJ position in 1984 at The Monkey Business in Lyon. Until then I’d been doing a really boring job selling kitchens. I realised then that there was an opportunity for me to earn money with music, my passion. During the week I had a job in a second-hand record store and on the weekend I was touring with my band Hey Bookmakers. I was completely immersed in music, mainly soul, jazz, acid jazz and the 1960s early mod sounds.

From 1992 to 2000 I became artistic director and resident DJ for one of the best clubs in France, La Marquise in Lyon. I worked with some of the greatest producers in the world and started to tour internationally. I’ve been to China, Japan, USA, Argentina, Turkey, Mauritius and all over Europe. I also started to produce and created my band Colorblind. In 2005 I moved to Barcelona, which I really enjoyed in the beginning but unfortunately I think I arrived too late as the Spanish economy was already in decline: “Le vent tourne” (the wind turns). I had to move again. I’d always wanted to go to South Africa. All the travellers I had met told me that it was a beautiful country. And so I grabbed the chance when I was offered a gig at “Latinova” in Johannesburg in 2008. I had a great vibe with the people and they understood my style. But I didn’t like Johannesburg. Everyone told me that with my jazzy, funky, arty sound I needed to see Cape Town. I visited in January 2009 and loved it so much that after 10 days I decided to come back and open a club here. I felt something was missing, that there was no place for people over 30. Generally, most club owners are liquor sellers and only trying to get the 20-year-olds through the door. I felt that Capetonians were open-minded and ready for something different. Club Voom Voom, 70 Loop Street, www.clubvoomvoom.com, is available for Jam Sessions, Exhibitions, orkshops, Live Music, and Poetry.

12 May, 7pm, Albert Frost, Upper Eastside Hotel,

Brickfield Road, Woodstock, 021 404 0570

Team Voom Voom

13–14 May, 8.30pm, Amanda Strydom, Die Boer,

6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville, 021 979 1911 14 May, 7pm, Sterling EQ, Rainbow Room, Mandela

Rhodes Place, Church Street, Gardens, 021 422 1428 19 May, 7pm, Black Bear Swings, Upper Eastside

Hotel, Brickfield Road, Woodstock, 021 404 0570 19 May, 8.30pm, Sonja Herholdt, Die Boer,

6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville, 021 979 1911 21 May, 8.30pm, Jesse Jordan Band, Die Boer,

6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville, 021 979 1911 26 May, 7pm, Upper Eastside Hotel, Brickfield Road,

Woodstock, 021 404 0570 27 May, 7pm, Luz Maria Bobadilla, Music of Paraguay

(guitar), Artscape, 1–10 DF Malan Street, Foreshore, 021 421 7839

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