[interview] The Barbosa Experience – Jamming at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

[interview] The Barbosa Experience - Jamming at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

Its the day before the biggest local beer festival, Capital Craft Beer Festival, taking place in Pretoria and expectance of thousands of thirsty beer drinkers to be attending. Along with the many breweries on offer, there will also be some quality music on show. One of the bands involved tomorrow, is The Barbosa Experience, the 4-piece acoustic band made up of talented musos from Maputo/Mozambique, Vlissingen/The Netherlands & Pretoria/South Africa. We caught up with them for a brief chat, this is what they had to say:


The Barbosa Experience started a few years ago under the name The Captain Barbosa Experience and was the solo-project of the Mozambican lead singer of Mrs B., Pedro Barbosa. Pedro started out for fun, laughs and free drinks but after a short while found out that there is a need for someone who can bring existing and new songs on an acoustic guitar with passion and from the heart. And especially when this happens to be a very good musician.

In 2011 Pedro started recording his solo album with the help of his Mrs B. buddies Shawn and Heine which resulted in the beautiful album The Barbosa Experience on which Pedro recorded some classic Mrs B. songs as well as some new material.

During 2012 Dutch guitar veteran Peter Toussaint started joining Pedro more and more during performances, adding some virtuoso guitar licks and vocals to the mix. Together there is not much that they can’t play although there are genres they don’t want to play.

Party with emotion, a childish maturity, keen to impress with small songs or wild sing-alongs, The Barbosa Experience is bound to turn heads and convince audiences, wherever they play.

[interview] The Barbosa Experience - Jamming at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017

Band Members

Pedro Barbosa – singer/guitarist/songwriter
Peter Toussaint – guitarist/singer/songwriter
Fridrich Kirsten – Bass
Rudi Oosthuizen – Drums

Interview: The Barbosa Experience
[interview] The Barbosa Experience - Jamming at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017
MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Barbosa Experience, tell us where in SA you come from and how you got together to form the band?

Pedro Barbosa is from Maputo, Mozambique, Fridrich Kirsten is from Potchefstroom, Rudi Oosthuizen is from Johannesburg, Peter Toussaint is form the Netherlands. Pedro Played with Peter for a few years as a duo which he called the Captain Barbosa experience, then one day they played Aandklas and Rudi asked if he could play drums, since he owns the place Pedro couldn’t say no. We were surprised he wasn’t bad at all, then we got a gig in the old Hatfield Square and we decided to start a proper band. Pedro had played with Fridrich with another band called Mrs. B, and new that he didn’t have a band, so invited him to join he loved the vibe and that is how it all started.

MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?

I think the songs from barbosa Experience come very organically they basically create themselves, but we do have a veery African, island reggae influence. We try and make it as simple as possible, and let the songs do their own thing we just play them as if we are a medium for the song to be exposed.

[interview] The Barbosa Experience - Jamming at the Capital Craft Beer Festival 2017
MA: Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?

Yes a lot more festivals for example. Well I still think people don’t support Music per say, they go out and follow what they know, don’t think they aim at finding new things, new bands etc, very few people do this, I don’t think that its part of Music culture in SA to just randomly go watch a act even though u have no idea who they are. Also I feel that Festivals limit themselves in general to the same old bands, I suppose its the guarantee that they will work, but I wish more doors could open for newer bands. I think exposure for bands is a issue, and we have less and less venues. But I’m glad new festivals and markets are coming up, new opportunities to play.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

Oh yes I was at Strab this weekend and I saw a guy called Rowan Stuart, WOW blew my mind away!!! Also the new ALBERT MEINTJIES album is amazing, was my road to Strab album. Mark Beling even though he focus on Production these days the guy is one of the most talented musos I have had the pleasure of working with

MA: You guys will be playing at the Capital Craft Beer Fest this year… are you excited for the event? What can we expect from the Barbosa Experience?

OH YESSSSSSSSSSS… we are very blessed to be playing it and glad Henk and the guys gave us a slot. Well if we tell you what to expect it will ruin the surprise!!! hehe But expect to dance and sing, and above all to have an Experience…

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MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

At the moment I’m busy with my solo album so we not focusing a lot in new material, we want to however do a kinda more Rap version of our I GOT NO MONEY song, make it more fun and now, so we looking a going into studio in the next month to have this done. We also considering adding sax and percussion into our setup if budget allows 🙂

MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?

You can follow us on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barbosaexperience
twitter @Barbosaexp
instagram: barbosaexp

*** Photos by: Greyline Photography

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