FOLLOWING recent social commentary calling out various local artists who try to sound Americanised on the web, there is some good news for those seeking African-inspired music from local acts that are as far removed from the United States music copy machine as logical thought is from Donald Trump.
The Time Flies is a five-piece Afro-Country-Ska-Funk band from Cape Town, which offers a multi-dimensional, vibrant sound in their album, Wingin’ It, which launches at the Blah Blah Bar, 84 Kloof Street, Cape Town on Saturday, May 21.
Wingin’ It has been in the making for nearly 40 years with influences ranging from AfroCubism to Arthur Mafokate, Balkan Beat Box, Brenda Fassie, The Soul Brothers, Fatima Spa, Fela Kuti, Firewater, The Green Arrows, Jim White, Kraak & Smaak, Nomadic Orchestra, Spoek Mathambo, Toby2Shoes, Trouble Funk, Skatalites, Skomplazi, Primus, Violent Femmes, Vusi Mahlasela and Louis Mhlanga.
Their first single is the African-Ska track titled, EJungle, which is available on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-777597659/ejungle
EJungle embodies the grooviest of riffs, infectious beats and a vibe that radiates South African flavour like a true local brew.
The Time Flies are Graeme Warhol (guitars), Tessa ‘Kitty Paws’ Gawith (korgi keyboard/vox), Cas Raas (drums), Mister Harris (bass guitar/vox) and frontman, Hillman Vogue (sax/vox).
Details for Wingin’ It launch:
Saturday, May 21 at the Blah Blah Bar, 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town. The line-up is The Time Flies, Toby2Shoes and DJ Spank. Doors open at 5 pm. Entrance is R50 at the door
Dress code: Bright green and pink, or as a time fly, a clock, a time machine, another dimension, a sticky mess. Best outfit wins a free CD, a bottle of Tequila and a hug from Hillman Vogue.
Follow The Time Flies on Facebook: The-Time-Flies, Instagram: @thetimefliesband, and on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-777597659