Manouche is made up of four musicians from Cape Town, who recently excited the Lowveld with their unique sound and contemporary take on traditional gypsy jazz. The band comprises Bernard Kotze (guitarist), Sarah Blake (bass), Diana Nielle (violin) and Anneli Kamfer (singer) and they all add to the blending of sounds and influences from the tango, waltz, folk, R&B, hip hop and electro swing. We chat to Anneli.
How did you all meet? Bernard founded the band and introduced all of us to the genre.
Four personalities, how do you decide on music? Sarah and Bernard write most of the music. Someone will write something and bring it to rehearsal and we all give input. Then we rip the song apart and put it back together. We have clashes like all musicians but nothing major. With so many personalities we definitely don’t always agree but that adds to the flavour of our end product.
Describe your music. Happy-dancy-feel good, makes u want to buy the CD type of music!
Have you ever forgotten the words on stage? I have most definitely forgotten some words on stage, but then you dance it out till they come back to you.
What’s next? We are working on new material for our new CD. We are taking the music in a different direction. One word – INTERNATIONAL!!