Live music lives on

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A couple of weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite SA bands – the Kongos – had tweeted that they were coming to play in New York. I got ridiculously excited because I have missed their last two appearances in SA (including at Oppikoppi), so I spammed all my friends here in the city and told them we have to go. The Kongos played as part of the CMJ music marathon – an annual event that is designed to showcase emerging talent. They were really great, particularly since its tough to get a crowd going at 6.15 pm although they didn’t play my favourite song.

We had no clue who any of the other performers in the line up for that evening were, but we decided to stay on for a bit. The act following the Kongos was Maya Solovey, who is an absolutely adorable and talented young woman. She signs in 3 languages, has the sweetest personality and she even baked cornbread for everyone to enjoy. That’s probably the first and last time I will ever go to a gig where the artists makes the food herself (or himself).

After Maya was DAWNS from Montana. Really beautiful voice and songs.

I had so much fun taking photos – I never thought I would enjoy concert photography so much. But I definitely need better kit for this. Shooting at 1600 ISO was tough because the light was so poor in there and the lowest aperture setting I could go to with the Nikkor 18-105mm was 3.5. I definitely think it is time to treat myself to that Nikon D7000 I have been wanting to get for months….

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