Award-winning rock band brings new sound to city

Rock band Wonderboom, which won a gold award at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in China early this month, is bringing its national tour to the C-Club in Chintsa next week.

ENERGETIC PERFORMERS: Wonderboom will perform at the C-Club in Chintsa next Saturday Picture: ROB SCHOLTZ

The band will be performing alongside Prime Circle next week Saturday.

The band’s frontman, Cito, whose real name is Martin Otto, said they could not wait to bring their new sound to the city.

“It’s been a while since we performed in East London, the crowds there are usually enthusiastic people who are keen to party,” he said.

“We always give energetic performances and we will also be doing some of our new songs from the new album. We’ve been getting lots of positive feedback from the people,” he said.

The band released their album Rising Sun this month.

Talking about the album, Otto said for the first time they were extremely meticulous with the whole production process.

“Sometimes we’d re-record, other times we’d just scrap, but every song on Rising Sun is meant to be there and pretty much the cream of the crop.

“I think fans will get a sense of ‘Damn, you worked hard on this record’. The attention to detail, the energy, the musicality, the soul … It’s all in there.

“We had a motto for the album and that was ‘go there’ … It’s heavy, it’s beautiful, it’s epic,” he said.

The band, together for 22 years, recently won a music competition in China for their outstanding performance.

Wonderboom, representing South Africa, competed against 14 other countries at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in Chengdu, China and won the top award.

The international music competition, which took place from December 1 to 3, is an initiative to introduce global music to Chinese audiences, alongside top Chinese performers. Gold went to Wonderboom and silver and bronze awards were won by bands from Georgia and Lithuania respectively.

Otto said they were honoured to have had the opportunity to represent South Africa at the festival.

“There were other genres of music besides rock.

“There was jazz, pop and some traditional music as well. It was a surreal experience for us,” he said.

Next year, the band will embark on an international tour.

Tickets for the C-Club event cost R150, available from Computicket. —


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