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ANIKA, SYD & RADDYZ (article first published : 2005-06-13)

On June 15, the Durban Folk Club will present special featured guest, Anika. Supporting her will be local legend Syd Kitchen and the innovative and entertaining duo Raddyz.

Anika writes soulful, original acoustic music. Renowned South African saxophonist Kevin Davidson who labelled it "choppy, fragmental folk" coined the description she likes best. Her band brings a strong jazzy flavour to her already intelligently crafted songs.

In September 2000 she recorded an EP entitled a little less covers, which she sold independently at gigs. The title of the EP was a private joke as the recording was done shortly after she was fired from a regular gig for refusing to play Alanis Morisette.

In May 2001 she recorded her first full-length album simply titled LIVE at Up The Creek in Pretoria. Again all the distribution and manufacturing was done independently. She has photocopied and cut out more cd covers than she cares to remember but it paid off as she sold over 1,000 copies before she started working on her first full band album. This was the 17-track Killing Time released in November 2002 and features musicians like Albert Frost, bassist Graeme Curry and Kommetjie saxophonist Nic le Roux.

A regular performer at most of the arts festivals, particularly in Grahamstown, she has just launched a new album titled Hovering.

Music starts from 20h00 at Jammit Dammit, 473 Sydney Road. Food and bar available as well as secure parking. Entrance R20. More information from Fiona on 031 776 3458.




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