Dave Matthews Band played its first concert in South Africa last night and included a treat for the locals.
DMB covered “Sugar Man,” a hugely popular song in South Africa, during the encore. American folk singer Sixto Rodriguez wrote and recorded “Sugar Man” in the 1970s, but after his music failed to gain any traction in his home country, his label dropped him and he quit the business. His music, however, found tremendous success in South Africa — a fact Rodriguez did not learn of until decades later. Similarly, Rodriguez remained a mystery to South African fans, many of whom believed a myth that he’d committed suicide on stage during the 1970s.
The story is told in “Searching for Sugar Man,” which won Best Documentary at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Last night’s concert in Cape Town also featured South African singer Vusi Mahlasela, the opening act, lending vocals on “Everyday.” DMB plays another show in Cape Town tonight, followed by a Dec. 3 concert in Dave Matthews’ hometown, Johannesburg.
Check out this video of DMB covering “Sugar Man” in Cape Town:
H/T: Chester Copperpot
Photo (cc) by JJ Hall and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.
It’s a fairly basic interview, but Dave does talk about the dynamic between band members and the loss of LeRoi Moore, who died in 2008.
“[The band] really is a group, and I couldn’t carry on without them,” Dave told Argus Weekend. “It’s been a strain to keep the band together without LeRoi. His presence is still very much felt in the band, and it really requires all of us to make this sound.”
DMB is working on about 45 songs to play at its three South Africa concerts, which kick off Saturday in Cape Town. They will be the first DMB shows ever in the country where Dave was born.
“I’ve been selfish before, knowing that if I bring the band I won’t be able to see my friends and my family, because I’ll be working,” Dave said. “Now I’m really excited to finally bring my other family back to South Africa.”
A new Dave Matthews Band album is in the works, and Rob Cavallo is back as producer.
Cavallo last worked with DMB on 2009′s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Dave has been in a studio getting songs ready for the rest of the band, Rolling Stone reports. He is revisiting old, unrecorded DMB songs and working on new ones as well. But it’s worth noting that the past two DMB albums contained all new songs, despite plans to incorporate older material — a fact Dave alluded to in Rolling Stone.
“There are some songs the band has been playing for a long time,” he said. “And then whenever I start messing around in the studio, I start writing, so hopefully we can come up with something worth listening to.”
Work on the new DMB album will have to take a break soon; the band plays three shows in South Africa beginning Nov. 30, then tours South America in December.
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King received two Grammy nominations, including one for Album of the Year. What do you think about Cavallo’s return? And do you want to see old songs on the new DMB album, or would you rather all new material? Let us know in the comments!
A unique version of Dave Matthews Band’s “Recently” is on a Colorado radio station’s new compilation album.
The KBCO Studio C 25th Anniversary CD includes Dave Matthews and Boyd Tinsley’s acoustic performance of “Recently” from Jan. 14, 1994. Dave and Boyd played a three-song set at the Boulder, Colorado station’s studio on that date; their version of “Tripping Billies” from that appearance was released on a previous KBCO album.
The KBCO Studio C 25th Anniversary CD primarily features more recent performances by artists including Of Monsters and Men, Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips. Jack Johnson, Mumford and Sons and Phoenix also contributed songs.
For those in the Boulder area, the KBCO Studio C 25th Anniversary CD goes on sale at Paul’s TV locations Dec. 7, with proceeds benefiting the Boulder County AIDS Project and the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Listen to Dave and Boyd’s performance of “Recently” below:
Photo by Anthony Abu-Hanna.