Mathys Roets Celebrates The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

Mathys Roets celebrates the songs of Leonard Cohen at The Showroom Theatre on Sunday, 15 December at 8pm.

Tickets are R130 and can be booked at the theatre or online.  BOOK SEATS HERE

In 2016 is die groot musiekgees Leonard Cohen oorlede, maar as Mathys Roets dit kan verhelp, sal sy stem nooit stil word nie.

“Sy woorde het nie ʼn vervaldatum nie,” sê Mathys. “Sedert ek amper dertig jaar gelede Suzanne die eerste keer gehoor het, het ek net gewéét ek wil sy stories, sy pyn, sing. Cohen was alles behalwe konvensioneel, altyd op soek na antwoorde. In my lewe, het hy my geleer om altyd die antwoord te gaan soek.”

Mathys Roets is een van die min kunstenaars wat Leonard Cohen werklik gestand kan doen. En daar is nie ʼn taalbeperking nie. Afrikaanse en Engelse gehore geniet sy vertolking ewe veel. In Songs of Leonard Cohen word outentieke Cohen gemeng met unieke Mathys – so eenders, maar tog so anders.

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was known for his poetic lyrics, iconic songs and baritone voice.

Leonard Cohen was a writer and guitarist from an early age. By the mid-1960s, Cohen began to compose and release folk-rock and pop songs. One of his most famous compositions is “Hallelujah,” a song released on 1984’s Various Positions. Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and he received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. 

Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, in a suburb of Montreal, Canada. Part of an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family, he was encouraged by his parents to pursue his interests in poetry and music and was also thoroughly immersed in Jewish theology and the stories of the Old Testament. In many ways, these early interests and influences provided the blueprints for much of his later work, which straddles the worlds of literature, mythology, poetry and song with a masterful lyricism that is one of its defining features.

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