(Artist Feature - sort of - Guest post by Judith Benjamin)
Two firsts for me here: 1) seeing Daniel Bedingfield live and in concert and, 2) attending a Kirstenbosch Summer Concert. I attended the carols by candlelight once and nearly burnt the place down (who decided that one should place a lit candle in a combustible brown paper bag anyway?).
Daniel Bedingfield is supremely talented. His music would, I suppose, be classified in the pop section however, I believe that to be a great disservice to the artist he is. I’ve been a fan for many years owning both his albums (I bought them) and downloading his latest EP (direct off his site www.danielbedingfield.com - he gave it away). I was thus slightly disappointed that he did not offer up a few more tracks from the 23 on the CD’s. I believe there were only 3 and not one was ‘Wrap my words around you’. That said, I don’t blame him for not performing this track as it’s rather intimate (IMO) and would probably be better suited to a smaller and more appropriate room.
I got the sense that Daniel (I’m going to forgo using his surname any further as its lengthy typing) was treating himself as a brand new artist, to a certain extent. It has been 8 years since ‘Second First Impressions’ and that time-lapse has seen his sister, the delightful Natasha, rise to stardom slightly eclipsing her brother (thus some may know Daniel as Natasha’s brother but I am one who knows Natasha as Daniel’s sister). He alluded to this during the concert by implying that we (the audience) just wanted her autograph and then he sang one of her songs - funny guy.
But I digress. Back to the concert: The band was made up of SA natives, thus we were supporting our own and they did a stellar job. The audience was treated to a great deal of reggaesque sounds which I believe may have surprised some but as I pointed out to my sister, you can hear it in his CD’s. We were also treated to his beat boxing and beat making skills, which was a musical delight. Daniel is a very personable artist who enjoys connecting with his audience. This he does by begging for beer, complementing audience members who’ve piqued his interest, getting down from the stage and singing directly to the audience by weaving about through them and by being a fun picture taker. His cheeks must be in pain from all the smiling. Sadly, despite him walking past me numerous times, I have no picture with the man himself, only of him.
All in all, I had a sublime time. Daniel is definitely worth seeing live. Testament to this is the fact that the day after seeing the show, I listened to all his songs again, looked at the short videos we took at the show and agreed with my sister that we wanted to go again. He’s a wonderful character and a truly talented artist with amazing vocal range and wonderfully lyrical songs, which we do take to heart. Also, due to his diverse musical style range, there’s a song in there for all tastes.
To end off: an amusing moment which took place pre-show. When I took my grassy seat, I looked up and there he was looking at the audience from the stage ‘wings’. I immediately noted the sighting to my sister and friends who all looked about asking “where?” Daniel then proceeded to come down from the stage and wonder through the crowds to meet, greet and connect. It took a moment but people cottoned on, with a chap next to us cheerfully piping up “it’s DAVID Bedingfield!”
Daniel, I beseech you, not to disappear again or allow yourself to be silenced for such a long period, and please come back to Cape Town and SA because I … er … we love you too. Thanks for the show.
p.s. Check out his music video for ‘Secret Fear’ on YouTube. Be warned, it strictly 18+ and NSFW.
For concert streaming: www.skyroomlive.com
Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Series tickets and lineup info:
by Judith Benjamin
Concert date: 25 November 2012