Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music.
Gerald’s Clark Afrocoustic will be on at The Showroom Theatre on Saturday, 31 March at 8pm. The show features a delightful selection of Blues, folk en soul. Tickets are R120pp. Book seats here
He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues. But Gerald isn’t just a bluesman, he is original in his approach towards music and he will never fail to entertain.
Clark has released four successful albums of which one, Sweepslag, was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA). Clark’s second album, Black Water, gave him international success when the title track’s music video was nominated for an MTV Europe Animation Award. One of the original compositions from this album was also featured as the theme song for ‘Jo’burg To Sea Mountain Bike Race’ on DSTV’s SuperSport, giving him exposure to a primetime television audience – yet another victory for his second album.
Clark’s third album, Follow the River, was well received by fans and the media with five songs making it onto national airwaves. Clark has developed dynamic musical ideas and brought it to life whilst collaborating with the country’s best musicians in his latest and 4th offering, namely AfroBoer & The GoldenGoose.
He wrote the album over the course of 2 years and recorded it in a historic farmhouse in Wellington, Western Cape. The unique setup of the recording added to Clark’s strive for authenticity on the album. Although his previous albums were recorded at standard studios, for this one he had the guitar amps in the rooms of the farmhouse and the band in the living room.
He also used 2 drummers on some of the songs. The result: A fresh rock ’n roll sound with the deep seated blues elements he so loves on an album of international standard. Gerald also released a single with the very talented electronic musician, Sibot. The song, I Don’t Want to Go to Work No More, was innitially recorded for a TV program, but it’s popularity grew and it ended up on 5fm.
Gerald has worked with SA’s best, Valiant Swart, Bok van Blerk, Heinz Winkler, Fokofpolisiekar, Gian Groen, Luna Paige, Van Coke Kartel and Albert Frost to name only a few, and has played throughout the country at all the major festivals and venues: KKNK, Bush Fire International Festival, Oppikoppi, Up the Creek, Mieliepop, Splashy Fen, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Citrusdalfees, The Blues Summit, STRAB, and more.
He took his music to international grounds and toured Namibia and London with Bok van Blerk, and he got a taste of the original blues while performing in Nashville, Jackson, and Memphis, USA. 2016 was a big year for Gerald Clark. He gave up his home and everything he owned to spend a full year on the road, doing what he loves most – adventure and music. The road took him to every festival’s main stage, into Africa where he played shows in Namibia and Zambia, he toured Europe, and received a WoordTroFee nomination for Best Solo Act at the Stellenbosch Woordfees
He was nominated alongside Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Greta van der Merwe. It was Clark’s second time in Europe. In Belgium he collaborated with Stefan Dixon and played to music lovers across the country. In 2012 he took his golden voice to Czech Republic and did a 20 show, 20 town, 20 day tour, where he was honoured with sold out shows and standing ovations, one after the other.
Last year he only performed 17 shows over 17 days and all ready they want him back in 2018. This year Clark has many things up his sleeve.
He will surprise you with exciting collaborations. One of which he will work with the drummer, Barry van Zyl in Afrocoustic – a true legend, one who has worked with Johnny Clegg, Annie Lenox, Carlos Santana and Robert Plant. With Gerald on the acoustic guitar and vocals, and Barry with his masterful touch on the drums and percussion, this project promises top class music and a brand new album.