Sunday was a very heart-warming experience at Ballito Beats. Two South African icons in the music industry coming together on stage and it was magical. Arno Carstens and Ard Matthews absolutely lit up the day with their songs, some new and some old favourites. Supported by Seb Goldswain who is an absolute genius on guitar, the sun was out (for a change) with a bit of wind but the weather was great for a day outdoors.
Arno explained that he was inspired by Celine Dion who always does a few French songs at her concerts. I’m not a huge fan of Afrikaans music but I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the two Afrikaans songs Arno performed off his album titled, 'Die Aandblom 13.' [UPDATED]
Ard, just back from a European tour, has also been working on new music. Again, we were treated to hearing two of these amazing songs. I am super excited to hear more of his music soon. Such an inspirational talent, it was just bliss sitting in the sun listening to Ard sing his heart out!
Finally, the two got on stage together and what a performance it was, these two artists simply gel so well together and feed off each other’s vibe. It took me back to when I went to my very first concert as a girl, Spring Bok Nude Girls and Just Jinger. So much has changed since then and I think it’s safe to say Ard and Arno will keep growing and adapting to the times and trends. Of course, the day was not complete without some old favourites from Just Jinger and Spring Bok Nude Girls, they belted out Arno’s Little, Ard’s 'Shallow Waters' among some other golden oldies.
As the show started to come to an end, it seemed as if the two were having so much fun they didn’t want to get off the stage! Coming back about four times for “one last song” of course the crowd was absolutely enthralled and I think it was a massive hit for everyone. It was an absolute pleasure being there for such an awesome day and even more amazing getting to meet Ard and Arno after the show!
*Thank you, Ballito Beats, for having Underground Press, we loved it!