Hot Water embodies what it means to be a truly South African band. By incorporating African instruments such as the kwela, mbaqanga, maskandi, and kwasa kwasa with musical influences from folk, blues and indie-pop they create a unique, uplifting sound. The band formed in 2005 when Donovan Copley began to collaborate with artists he felt inspired to work with. Within a year the band had a debut album “Home,” played at the prestigious Kirstenbosch Gardens Summer Concert series and was featured on BBC World’s Destination Music’ series.
Since their early success the band has played throughout South Africa and Europe, had their music featured in commercials and non-profit campaigns and produced three albums, the most recent being “South.” According to the many, 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 relate on common ground.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC