My trip has been full of coincidences, but this one’s particularly cool.
I flew to Cape Town in March after living in Buenos Aires for the last six months. The first thing that struck my attention were the huge townships on the outer radius of the city when I took the bus from the airport to get into town. The vibe in the center of the city was completely different, I found myself in the middle of an exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The first week in the city was amazing, I was staying with some super nice local couchsurfers and I had time to explore the place and confirm my impressions from the first day. Cape Town is a lovely town, a wonderful multicultural scene, and the surroundings, Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, the Seapoint beaches, breathtaking!
However I fell in love with the Company Gardens in the city center. I was walking by the gardens one day and saw this beautiful patch of green grass, and I said to myself: “I wish I could lay in that grass all day!” – thinking it was mere decorative grass. But then I looked around and there were people all over it! So I basically spent the first week waking up in the morning having my flat white and chocolate croissant – hipster town style – and heading off to the gardens for a nice read and guitalele jam.
So this is how it went, one day I was laying in the grass playing my stuff and these two young girls were staring at my and laughing from the distance. So I smiled at them and they came by. One said: “My friend has something to ask you. Go on, tell him.” – said one to the other insistingly. “Could you play us some Bruno Mars?” – the other asked. “Honestly girls, I don’t know any Bruno Mars, but I could play you some Bob Marley.” – I suggested. They seemed to be excited about my pick so I went and sang “Redemption Song” with all my heart. “Wow that was great!” – shouted the girls when I was strumming the last chord. They said thanks and walked away, some sweet kids they were. Then out of the blue, this girl who overheard my singing, came by. She had a familiar face, like I’d seen here before. She approach and said: “Hi, sorry but I wanted to ask, do you have a youtube channel?” I was shocked, this girl had recognized me from my youtube videos, second time that’s happened to me on the trip! So she introduced herself, Sarah was here name, she said she had identified me through my Amy Winehouse covers, and she also said she was a singer too so we started jamming. When I first heard her voice I started to smile, Sarah has the most beautiful and soulful voice.
Next day we met up again and recorded these three clips. A nice selection of soulful classics. Hope you like it.