South African reggae legends Tidal Waves are set to release their 6th studio album “Tomorrow Starts Today” at the end of July 2016. The band will be holding an exclusive album launch on Saturday 30th July in Johannesburg at the SABC Radio Park. The show will take place in Studio V1a where it will be recorded for a live film shoot as well as a live stream to Europe and the rest of the world
Tidal Waves are widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, playing gigs from Oppikoppi to Pretoria, Cape Town to Potchefstroom and beyond. The band is made up of four very gifted musicians, the core of the group being held together by Jacob ‘Zakes’ Wulana on guitar, vocals, harmonica and vuvuzela and Sphiwe Kubone on the drum kit. The rest of the band is made up of Shadrack “Charlie” Mathopa on the bass guitar and Johannes “Charlie” Papasha on keyboard.
Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and group founder Jacob “Jakes” Wulana, hails from the western dust bowl mining town of Klerksdorp (the rest of the band came together in Yeoville, Johannesburg). Growing up in the township, Wulana was surrounded by a range of languages, cultures, music’s—Zulu, Xhosa, Setswana, Tshivenda, Afrikaans—as well as by the music of Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, and Curtis Mayfield.
Tidal Waves write and perform original reggae music with traditional African music influences like Maskandi and Mbaqanga. The sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues influences. They are renowned for performing music in English, Afrikaans, Setswana and Tshivhenda. Each language has musical implications: “If I sing lyrics in Xhosa,” explains Wulana, “I need to have a Xhosa melody and harmony. We grew up singing our traditional songs, with their humming and clapping that were very different from what we sang at school.”
This culturally rich reality continues to shape the group’s distinctive take on reggae, an approach steeped in South African sensibilities and sounds. Tidal Waves take cues from the music popular in townships midcentury. They turn the Zulu-inspired mbaqanga, with the sparkling guitar licks and rich harmonies made popular worldwide by artists like Miriam Makeba and Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, into catchy reggae tracks. “You can’t be a South African and not play mbaqanga,” says Wulana.
On stage or on their albums, Tidal Waves pour out snaking bass grooves, bouncing beats, soulful keys, and uplifting multilingual lyrics with an integrated finesse that feels effortless. It flows from where the band comes from: a diverse nation where speaking four languages daily is nothing special. The band doesn’t reflect what the Rainbow Nation is all about; it embodies it.
Tidal Waves are widely respected in South African music circles as an honest, hardworking band with an original sound and eerie vibes. Because of this they have some of the most ardent, die-hard fans and supporters in the SA music industry.
- Tickets are R80/pp
- Secure parking is available at an additional R30 per vehicle.
- Door will be open at 8pm