“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of South Africa…” The Citizen
South African singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Donovan Copley, has a talent not only for creating uplifting and authentic South African music, but for bringing together a dynamic group of musicians from very diverse backgrounds with an ever-fresh musical result that leaves audiences feeling inspired and proud to be South African.
And for the foreign audience, Hot Water opens a gateway to the soul and spirit which Africa and South Africa has to offer. In a world in crisis Hot Water’s music brings space, perspective and insight as well as inevitably drawing people to their feet.
Hot Water’s Live performance is a dynamic and often spontaneously interactive tapestry of inspired songs from one of their three albums.
Simply put: the music brings people together - across ages, across cultures, across races, across gender, across borders. Hot Water creates a space where people from any background have the opportunity to dance on common ground.
BREAKING NEWS 2011
From the South of South Africa comes the dynamic 3rd album from eclectic musical magicians Hot Water. Mixing it up with their cross-over Rock-Jive-World-Pop style, the new album is called ‘South’. The first launch of the new album will be at the Southern most music venue in Africa, the Cape Farmhouse Rocks Series on 01 Jan 2011.
RECENT NEWS 2010
Hot Water had a busy 2010…all wrapped up neatly with the completion of their 3rd and aptly named new album ‘South’.
As one might expect, World Cup 2010 related events kept Hot Water on their toes, bouncing between international and local commitments, with 3 tours to Europe, a busy publicity schedule including numerous interviews and radio play of the ‘Laduma’ single (and B-side Wamkelekile) in 16 countries around the world. The songs were received in South Africa as organic alternatives and played on diverse radio stations from UCT Campus Radio to 5FM.
Both songs feature a collaboration with top SA comedian Nik Rabinowitz as the multi-lingual commentator and then praise-singer.
Hot Water kicked off their World Cup performance contribution with a show at the ‘Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt’, in Berlin, Germany for the SA vs Mexico opening game on 11th June 2010 – a fitting start.
Back in their hometown, the band got fans jiving at the official FIFA World Cup FanFest in Cape Town during the quarter finals, and entertained FIFA’s VIP delegation at the Cape Town Stadium before and after the semi-final match in July.
During this period Hot Water also appeared four times on ZDF ‘Morning Show’ (German National television) which gave 1.2 million people every morning the chance to catch some jiving SA energy.
Back in South Africa the band launched their music video for ‘Laduma’ on eTV’s Showbiz Report. The inspiring message of the music video, which was directed and conceived by the director-producer team, the Marcos brothers, was also swiftly screened on the O Channel, MK Music Channel, SABC and MNet and MNet HD channels.
A performance at the infamous ‘PAARD’ in Den Haag, where bands like U2, Prince and Pearl Jam played their first shows in Holland, was a further highlight and the cherry on the top of an exciting year.
World Cup aside, South African Festival appearances in the first half of 2010 included prime slots at Up The Creek Festival, Splashy Fen Festival, Wacky Wine Weekend, KKNK Festival and the Flamjangled Tea Party Festival, and for good measure, Old Mutual’s ‘Encounters Birthday Bash’ where Hot Water played alongside Freshlyground and Johnny Clegg.
Hot Water also appeared on the front cover of The BIG ISSUE magazine, with a lead article entitled “Why SA is into Hot Water”.
In mid-2005 Donovan created a platform to collaborate and perform with the musicians he felt inspired to work with. Hot Water was born. Within a few short months the band was booked to perform at the prestigious Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts at the National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. Here they launched their debut album, ‘Home’ in early 2006.
In line with the band’s organic approach to the music industry, the music spread naturally and within the year Hot Water had been recognised as representative of South Africa. The band was featured on BBC World’s ‘Destination Music’ series and was included on international record label, Edel’s ‘A Day in Cape Town’ cd-book compilation.
Shortly following this, their upbeat single ‘Bushfire’ was used as the musical face of the Italian children’s shoe manufacturer, Primigi’s European and US commercial campaign.
Back at home the band embarked on a City of Cape Town upliftment initiative performing in disadvantaged areas throughout the city and surrounds.
To kick-start 2008 the song ‘Thembi’ - a salute to African mothers - found its way onto an Italian Commercial for their National Health Service.
Hot on the heels in early 2008, a second album ‘One’ was launched with the single ‘Shushu’ showing what cross-over jive is all about - reaching no 1 on the UJFM charts for several weeks.
In August 2008 Hot Water was invited to Europe for the Waterpop Festival held in Holland. In September of that same year, Hot Water was voted Best Band in South Africa in Men’s Health magazine.
To end off the year, the track ‘One Name’, inspired by the works of Eckhart Tolle, was selected by the Niall Mellon Township Trust Initiative for their Irish advertising campaign. As part of their ‘November Blitz’ - during which time 2000 Irish tradesmen built 250 houses in 6 days in Khayelitsha - Hot Water entertained residents and builders alike, driving through the township on the back of a flat-bed truck.
2009 was launched when Hot Water was asked to performance for the Opening of South African Parliament’s ‘After Party’.
In May 2009 the band cooked up a very successful tour to Europe performing at the prestigious Hague Jazz Festival, alongside the likes of Freshlyground and Hugh Masekela – the two other SA representatives on the festival’s line-up.
The final feather in the cap for the year for Hot Water was being signed by touring agent Griot - the premiere South African Music agent in Europe - who exclusively represents South African greats such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Freshlyground and Lira.
The band’s current line-up consists of musicians representing 5 of the core cultures that make-up modern day Cape Town, South Africa.
SOUNDS OF SOUTH AFRICA
Stylistically Hot Water’s music incorporates elements of traditional (South) African music (such as kwela, mbaqanga, maskandi and kwasa kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock.
They have mixed a brew that somehow manages to capture an authentic and unique South African feel and flavour.
Southern African music has a natural instinct for celebration and Hot Water’s live performances have a magical way of spontaneously warming any event.
Combining unusual instruments from South Africa and around the world, this cross-over collaboration creates a show at every performance, cutting across boundaries of age and culture.
Hot Water offers a unique money-back-guarantee on all their performances (as well as their albums) and if you see them perform, you will understand why.
SOME NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
• FIFA VIP Hospitality, Cape Town Stadium, (Semi-final), 06 Jul ‘10
• FIFA Official FanFest, Cape Town, 03 Jul ‘10
• ZDF ‘Morgen Magazin’ (Morning Show), German National TV, 28, 30 Jun & 02, 03 Jul ‘10
• Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, Holland, 12 Jun ‘10
• ‘Cup Of Cultures’ Festival, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany 11 Jun ‘10
• Wacky Wine Weekend, Arabella Wine Estate, Robertson, 05 Jun ‘10
• Old Mutual Encounters ‘Birthday Bash’ (with Freshlyground and Johnny Clegg), Cape Town, 11 May ‘10
• Splashy Fen Festival, Kwazulu Natal, 03 Apr ‘09
• KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn (3 shows), 05-06 Apr ‘10
• Flamjangled Tea Party Festival, Durbanville, Western Cape, 13 Mar ‘10
• Cebit Fair (IBM – Sawubona Music Jam), Hanover, Germany, 01 Mar ‘10
• Up The Creek Festival, Breede River, Western Cape, 07 Feb ‘10
• Opening of Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 06 Feb ‘10
• Hague Jazz Festival, Holland, 20-24 May ‘09
• Splashy Fen Festival, Kwazulu Natal, 10 Apr ‘09
• Old Mutual Encounters Concerts, Emmarentia Dam, JHB, 04 Apr ‘09
• Opening of Parliament (After Party), Cape Town, 05 Feb ‘09
• ‘House on Fire’ (New Years Eve), Swaziland, 31 Dec ‘08
• Heart FM ‘Little Hearts’ Music Festival, V&A Amphitheatre, Cape Town, 07 Dec ‘08
• OBZ Fest 2008, Cape Town, 07 Dec ‘08
• Niall Mellon Township Trust Concert, Cape Town, 04 Dec ‘08
• ‘CHOC’ Charity Gala Dinner, Cape Town, 21 Nov ‘08
• Rocking the Daisies Festival, Darling, 04 Oct ‘08
• Waterpop Festival, Wateringen, Holland, 10 Aug ‘08
• Bush Fire Festival, Swaziland International Festival of the Arts, 02 Aug ‘08
• Supporting act for Freshlyground, The Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town, 14 -16 Feb ‘08
• Vodacom ‘Sounds of Summer’ Series, V&A Waterfront, 28 Dec ‘07
• Human Rights Day Concert (Headlining Act), Cape Town Company Gardens, 21 March ‘07
• Cape Town Jazzathon 2007, V&A Waterfront, 13 Jan ‘07
• Turning On Lights Festival, Cape Town, 26 Nov ‘06
• Heritage Day ‘Concert In The Park’, Cape Town, 25 Sept ‘06
• International Homeless World Cup Soccer 2006 (Welcoming Ceremony), Cape Town, 23 Sept ‘06
• Nedbank Business Woman’s Awards, Cape Sun, Cape Town, 14 Jun ‘06
• Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, 29 Jan ‘06
• Vodacom ‘Sounds of Summer’ Series, V&A Waterfront, 02 Jan ‘06
What’sOnSA (Review from Splashy Fen Festival)
“After Watershed, Hot Water picked up the pace and continued to build the audience into a frenzy with their truly African sound, I would liken them to Paul Simon, anyone would have to be either dead or paralyzed not to get up and dance to their driving rhythms. It's hard to believe that Donovan Copley is a white man because he definitely has the township flowing in his veins.”
“Hot Water, some say, is the next big South African band, about to take the country –perhaps even the world - by storm. “They’re the next Johnny Clegg,” effuses Patti Hanley, the owner of Funxion Junxion, a Jo’burg-based events management company, introducing the band to a upmarket crowd at a gala charity on Cape Town’s foreshore recently. “They’ve got huge potential,” says Aron Turest-Swartz, keyboard player and founding member of the platinum selling crossover band Freshlyground.”
“Donovan Copley is a young man determined to be heard and his voice is indeed one that is unique and very South African. The songs draw on many traditions from folk and blues to township grooves…this music is honest…and one of the many important voices of young South Africa.”
“The band is something of a musical cross section of the city. The result is a surprisingly infectious collection of acoustic driven grooves with a strong South African flavour. Defining talent Donovan Copley writes great songs, and the unexpected instrumentation gives their sound a unique, undiscovered quality that has an interesting effect on audiences. I’ve seen everyone from metal heads to old timers enjoying these vibes..”
“Immediately we’re all going “Hows these ous? ” – that’s how good this album is…there’s a very unique South African sound and flavour mixed in here that makes it stand out on its own. Hot Water…definitely gets our vote as a must have local album and homegrown group that are going to go far. “
“I saw a band with a lead singer that looks like Chris Letcher with curls, with a fine voice to match, who plays acoustic guitar with a sound sweeping from Bob Dylanesque musings to shades of early Urban Creep – remember Sea Level? They are at melting ease with Afro-beat grooves or soulful Ballads. This band is called Hot Water.”
“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting music projects to come out of SA recently. Its concoction of homespun melodies and esoteric clarity makes for a welcome mix of African warmth and Eastern wisdom. Although [their debut album] “Home” starts off with commentary about the state of the world, songs like Bushfire are evidence that even when serious, Hot Water’s primary motivation is having fun. Home is cultural versatility in music…”
South African Management
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