SA Artists in London
SOUTH AFRICAN DAY CONCERT
Dorp @ The Underworld 27 April 2002
Before expounding on the virtues of the latest Dorp gig, mention must be made of the opening act, Oil and Water. This South African group delivered a short set of acoustic rock played with laid back surfer-like confidence. The music sounded like a medium sized version of the Waterboys so called "Big Music" while the lyrics flowed with an REM intelligence.
And on to Dorp. With the addition of a live drummer, the population of Dorp has crept up from 3 to 4, and the decibel level more than doubled. Playing new material (presumably from their soon to be released new CD) as well as old favourites like 'Mad Cow' and 'Abra', Pieter Bezuidenhout and the boys sounded slicker and more confident than ever. Kevin Kieswetter's guitar playing also seems to have matured well. The accomplished musical sounds coupled with the mad stage antics of the band and slightly bemused glint in Pieter's eyes made for a aurally and visually pleasing show.
Pieter Bezuidenhout has shown a great deal of perseverance as the group's only original member, but the band have gone from strength to strength and it was good to witness the budding fruits of this persistence.
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