Beatenberg are fun, fresh and full of life. New to South Africa’s pop-music scene the three young lads are well on their way to becoming a household name. With Matthew Field as lead singer and guitarist, Ross Dorkin on bass and drummer Robin Brink, many of you may have come to know them by their popular hit song, ‘Chelsea Blakemore’.
Matthew who is also the band’s songwriter says about their music: ‘It’s about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things. The mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands.’ The trio released their first album, entitled Farm Photos in 2011 and have since began climbing the ladder of success.
Now part of this year’s Jazz Festival line up, 27 and 28 March, Robin Brink says that as a teenager his annual visits to the Jazz Festival were the most musically inspiring experiences he had. ‘To be a part of the festival now is a huge honour and a lifelong dream. I grew up with jazz playing at home, especially Bheki Mseleku and Bill Evans,’ he adds.
‘Music is a transcendental force in an otherwise mundane world, I love it. Our sound is unique because we are unique people,’ says Robin. Robin promises to give the audience his best performance yet, to share his passion for live music – and, of course, to inspire the crowd.
Despite performing, Robin simply cannot wait to see Courtney Pine live. Courtney is a highly acclaimed British saxophonist. ‘I am very excited to see him!’ he adds.
Text: Nikita Sylvester