Friday , February 26 2021

Sons of Settlers and Riders Connection bid farewell to South Africa

The beloved folk band from Cape Town, Sons of Settlers, have announced that they are leaving our shores in March this year to pursue their dream of a music filled life in Germany.SOS_Europe_Yannick Tiefenthaler - MR

They are re-mastering their debut album in America, Lullabies for the Restless, for its European debut in September. The band released their first single from this upcoming release, Stay Together, as a free download at the end of last year.

The Final Show

Fresh from The Playing for Change tour with their friends from Berlin, Riders Connection, they will play their final show together in South Africa at The Blah Blah Bar, in Cape Town, on Friday, 30th of January. This show will also serve as the official good bye concert for Sons of Settlers.


Date: Friday, 30 January

Venue: Blah Blah Bar

Address: 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Contact: 082 349 8849


Come see why 250 people jammed so hard to the music that they nearly fell through a wooden deck during Riders Connection and Sons of Settlers’ New Year’s Eve show in Nature’s Valley.

Gerdus Oosthuizen and Le-Roi Nel from Sons of Settlers are busy recording Riders Connection’s first full length album before they return home to Germany in February.

The Playing for Change Tour

Sons of Settlers bade farewell to all their favourite places on the East Coast during The Playing for Change tour. During this tour, they tested the concept of hat donations instead of the customary cover charge. “We were pleasantly surprised by how well people reacted to the concept of playing for hat donations. They really showed their appreciation for our music and vision through their direct response in the form of the generous donations that they gave us.”riders connection_portrait_Martin Strauch_MR

According to Le-Roi Nel from Sons of Settlers, local crowds really took to Riders Connection’s performance and found that they were better received in South Africa. “In Germany Reggae and beat-boxing is quite big and more common. In South Africa beat-boxing is quite unconventional, and you could see that the crowd’s reaction to them during the tour was something very special”, says Le-Roi.

The Playing for Change outreach initiative

The bands also endeavoured to take their music to people who may otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience a live show.

Sons of Settlers hosted a concert to the children at the Zisukhanyo Senior Secondary School in Gugulethu, where they performed with the kids so they could express themselves through singing, dancing, rapping and playing marimbas. They played at the Rock for Unity event which benefitted the community watch of the Tableview area. The band also performed and played with some music loving toddlers at a crèche in Dunoon.

Riders Connection helped out with a small surfing competition held for the underprivileged from the Dunoon area in a successful attempt to infect them with their love of music.

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