Kahn Morbee solo in Caversham

Kahn Morbee

Kahn Morbee

KAHN Morbee, frontman for South African rock/pop band, The Parlotones, is heading to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands next week (August 20 and 21) to perform songs from his solo EP, Salt. For the gig in Caversham he will be backed by The Parlotones’ Neil Pauw on drums and Trevor Rebello on bass.
Morbee’s artistic and musical contributions on all seven of The Parlotones’ studio albums have received critical acclaim across the globe and his solo project looks certain to follow the same path.

Recorded at Brendan Jury’s Light Palace Studios, Salt takes listeners into a whole new body of work that has seen the singer explore different genres and songwriting styles.

In an interview with News24, Morbee said he had been a little nervous to go out on his own. “I’ve known the other guys [bandmates Pauw, Glen and Paul Hodgson] for 15 years and they are my comfort blanket,” he explained, “so going out on stage without them I feel a lot more exposed.

“And when I write songs for the band I have them to bounce ideas off. Now I have to rely on my own instinct to decide whether it is a good song or not.”

The decision to embark on his new solo project happened, he says, by default because he wrote so many songs.

“Some don’t fit into the context of The Parlotones and you can’t release a 40-track album, so there was space for another project, for me to explore different sounds, different instruments and different song structures,” Morbee added.

He stressed, however, that it did not mean he was planning to leave The Parlotones, adding: “I am equally focused on both projects.”

Morbee has been a member of The Parlotones since the band’s formation in 1999.
The quartet has attained a global following, headlined the 20,000-seater Coca Cola Dome, and played in the historic 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Concert to an audience of a billion.

The Parlotones also staged an original rock theatre production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast, live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook.

The band has performed at many European and American music festivals with, among others, the Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and The Cure; and has received South African Music Awards for best rock album for Radiocontrolledrobot and Stardust Galaxies.

Morbee said one the biggest reasons he was enjoying the chance to play solo gigs on home soil was because he is about to become a first-time dad.

And he plans to train his little one to be a roadie “as soon as he can pick something up” — not a bad idea since he and his bandmates spend a lot of time touring.

Tickets for the Caversham Mill concerts are R120. Dinner, which is not included in the ticket price, can be ordered off the al a carte menu at the restaurant.
Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 8.15 pm.
To book your seats email bookings:cavershammill@mweb.co.za or phone 033 940 0145 or 072 125 3392.

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