Goldfish back to wow local fans

ONE of the country's best bands, Goldfish, is coming back to rock Mzansi's stages.

ONE of the country's best bands, Goldfish, is coming back to rock Mzansi's stages.

The concert, a once-off experience organised by Old Mutual Encounters Concerts and 206 Productions, will take place at the Emmarentia Dam on November 1.

Goldfish gets the opportunity to demonstrate why the country lost the band to overseas music fans.

The band is one of the country's best exports.

At the Emmarentia concert, the band will get the opportunity to show local music lovers why they have managed to convince had-to-please fans at venues as diverse as Dubai and Amsterdam.

The concert is aptly called Live Under the Sun, and if the musical gods are on the audience's side and it does not rain, revellers are sure to enjoy Golfish's electronic music under a blue African sky.

I mention this because the last time I was at Emmarentia Dam, it rained cats and dogs.

Rain just seems to love this venue. On one occasion, it rained so hard that it forced Ishmail Lo to stop performing.

Goldfish will be coming straight to Jozi after wowing fans in Amsterdam and Dubai.

They are sure to play their sophisticated brand of electro-jazz that has won the world over and made them one of the hottest electronic acts on the planet.

But what makes Goldfish truly unique is their ability to hold audiences transfixed with their powerful electronic sounds.

The diverse musical talents of Dominic Peters and David Poole create a full, layered and improvisational style unlike any other.

Once you've seen Goldfish's live performance, you will realise that 'Re-invention of the DJ' is about as close as you can get to describing what the band does.

Combining instruments such as the double bass, saxophone, keyboards, flutes and vocals with samplers, synthesizers and a healthy dollop of a free form improvisation, Goldfish always touch a nerve on dance floors across the globe.

The "Fishies" - as they are known by their hordes of loyal fans - have just completed an international tour that has seen them drive audiences wild.

They band has just toured the United States, Brazil, Dubai, Egypt, England, France, Holland, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia and Spain.

While on tour, Goldfish made time to mix DJ Pete Tong's sixth instalment of the international release Pure Pacha. Goldfish also remixed legend Bob Marley's iconic I Shot the Sheriff.

The group also held a residency at one of the world's most famous clubs, Pacha Ibiza, where they played alongside great bands like Basement Jaxx, Will.I.Am, Faithless, Macy Gray and Fedde le Grande.

Live Under the Sun is Goldfish's second in an series of outdoor concerts after the successful launch of the concept in 2008.

Some of the supporting acts will include the formidable 340ml, Durban's up-and-coming City Bowl Mizers and Cape Town's 7th Son.