Native Young will be playing at the V&A Foodmarket!
As Capetonias start emerging from their winter hibernations, the Mother City begins to unfurl into all its summer festivities. We are lucky to have a hot local band that are booked to play for us. Bring the kids, the friends and grandma if she want to come along.
When asked how he would describe Native Young, songwriter and frontman Yannick says, “It’s a constantly evolving tapestry of culture, emotion and melody”. Formed in the garage of a Gugulethu marimba maker in 2014 – these are the new kids on the block that are blurring lines and breaking cultural barriers through their own distinct brand of ‘African psychedelic pop’.
With members stretching from Khayelitsha to Spain – Native Young is a collective that hosts a menagerie of musical talent and eclectic taste. “This project is about returning to the grass roots of pop, it’s about the melodic core and simple storytelling” explains Yannick, “it’s this simplicity that has provided us with a vehicle for deeper cultural exploration both musically and spiritually”.
Their fresh collaborative sound has been creeping it’s way onto the local Cape Town music scene by way of enigmatic pop up street performances that have now become synonymous with the band, attracting the interest of UK indie powerhouse PIAS, who recently inked an EP deal with the guys. Native Young also collaborated with London based producer/DJ Attaque last year on his single ‘Future Earth’ which has received high rotation on BBC radio and Triple J in Australia.
As for the future, the band is currently hard at work writing and arranging tracks for their debut album, set to be recorded live in carefully selected ancestral locations of the Transkei – a uniquely African landscape and fitting backdrop for this culturally intricate experiment. “Music is that ephemeral expression that connects us all” Yannick says, and It’s this sentiment that boldly shines in the raw and colourful tale of Native Young. – Paul Waxon